As gas prices rise, so do other costs

March 1, 2011 3:21:48 PM PST
By now you've noticed how gas prices are skyrocketing. Now comes the trickle-down effect.

Businesses that depend on their wheels to move people and goods around are also paying more at the pump.

For example, Dave's Best Limousine Service in Northeast Philadelphia - which has 20 buses, vans and town cars on the road every day - is already paying $5,000 more per month than this time last year.

"The expenses go up. It is big trouble for us since we go long distance," said Manny Profeta of Dave's Limousine.

According to AAA, today the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Philadelphia is $3.37 - leaving us pining for the price we were paying last year - $2.73.


"We drive to make a living," McIntee said. "It hurts."

Krishan Lewis commutes an hour a day from South Philadelphia to Delaware and says the rising cost of fuel is leaving his wallet on empty.

"I'm hurting. Prices are going up, but no one is getting any more money, and I am not making any more money, so you lose on both ends of the stick," Lewis said.

Gas prices jumped 19 cents in the past week, a record that is second only to the week that Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.