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Published March 08, 2011, 01:21 PM

Higher Gas Prices Have More People Using Public Transit

Rising gas prices have less people at the pump and more people at the bus station. Bus ridership has gone up 10 percent over the same time last year.

Rising gas prices have less people at the pump and more people at the bus station. Bus ridership has gone up 10 percent over the same time last year.

Gas prices have also increased: rising to $3.59 a gallon in some spots.

Local bus riders say taking the bus is a cheap alternative to filling up their own cars with gas.

A ride is $1.50 for adults and .75 for students.

There has been a steady increase in people riding the bus, as well as the dial-a-ride program, over the past three months.

"It's starting to get convenient for people, they're starting to realize the bus can save them some money, not only for expenses for car expenses, insurance, but also on gas prices," transportation superintendent Dale Bergman said.

For people who need a ride at night, there is a night route that runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

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