RATIONING: Spotty Local Starts

The Federal Energy Office made it official last week: it has "certainly decided" against beginning nationwide gasoline rationing on March 1. Administrator William Simon had previously picked that date as the earliest the agency could begin distributing the ration coupons the Government has been printing. So, for at least the time being, the only hope that motorists have for shrinking the long and frustrating lines stretching from gasoline pumps lies in the local rationing plans that are spreading across the country. Last week six more states—Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania...

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