Mexico gas shortage fuels long lines at the pump

A handwritten sign on a pump at a closed gas station this week in Mexico City says, "There is no gas."

Guadalajara, Mexico (CNN)The sky is dark. The gas station is closed. And still, drivers are lined up here, hoping for the chance to fill up.

It's been almost a week since gas stations in the Mexican state of Jalisco started to run dry. Shortages have been reported in at least five other states and in the country's capital, too.
At this station in the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopan, drivers say they've been waiting hours for gas. The line stretches outside the station and onto the street.
    Drivers told CNN en Español they joined the line after seeing other cars.
    Mexico's new President and the country's state-run oil company have called for calm. They say there isn't a gas shortage -- just a change in the way fuel is distributed.
    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration has closed several key pipelines in an effort to crack down on fuel theft, which he said cost the country an estimated $3 billion last year.
    Analysts have said the robberies were often part of a profitable criminal enterprise exploited by some of Mexico's most notorious cartels.
    López Obrador urged people to be patient this week.
    "I ask people to help us how they can, acting with prudence, with serenity, without falling into panic, without paying attention to alarmist information," he told reporters Wednesday.
    But as days pass, drivers' desperation grows. Family members take turns waiting in long lines for gas. Some comb social media for clues about which stations are open. Others have simply decided to leave their cars at home.
    "People aren't running errands. They're not going out in the streets because of the problem going on with the fuel shortage, because there are fewer trucks, fewer taxis," cabdriver Felipe Galindo said. "They don't want to take out their vehicles. They're saving them for the most necessary things."