posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 10:13 AM
Ah, I see you've found one of the joys of city life.
What you're describing is so far related to the DC area. Well, to large congested cities anyway. I've driven through DC in a truck many more times
than I care to remember, so I am familiar with the place somewhat.
I'm familiar with the fact that truck traffic is highly, highly restricted. How does gasoline get to the station? Trucks, unless someone has a
refinery and an oil well hidden in their basement. Now who drives those trucks? People who are trying to make a living.
Now take out a map of the US. You see all those big areas between the cities with the blue lines crossing them? Those are roads where one can actually
get over 20 mph in a truck. Since truckers are paid by the mile, that means they make more money when driving faster. So here's the
I drive a truck. I have a choice. I can deliver gasoline into DC, which will take a liong time to go a short distance for little money, and I have to
concern myself with which road I can go on and which one I cannot, traffic snarls, a serious lack of parking (as in none), tiny streets that are
barely big enough for the four-wheelers and nowhere big enough for my truck, unscheduled closures due to some diplomat coming into town or some
military scare, and a bunch of fat-cat politicians who may well decide to throw their weight around on me if I dare get in their way doing my job
(which I have personally had happen).
Or, I could deliver to Phoenix, more miles (meaning more money), less traffic, good roads, and a fraction of the headaches. Hmmm, hard decision, but I
think I would go for more money with less headaches. [/sarcasm]
If you want a target for that pointing finger, look at DC from the viewpoint of the guy who hauls the things into it. It costs a heck of a lot more to
deliver anything into the DC area than to almost anywhere else in the country, with the possible exception of New York. You pay for that.
Enjoy your pizza delivery. I'll stick with my cheaper costs.