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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bus ridership

Posted By on Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 1:33 PM

My experience is entirely anecdotal, of course, but I've been taking the #10 bus into work pretty much every day since I was hired. When gas shot up over $1.30 a litre, ridership about doubled--- standing room only on those double, articulated buses. Since gas has declined again, tho, it seems like there are a whole lot fewer people on the bus. Like I said, anecdotal. It'll be interesting to see hard numbers. Certainly my take contradicts this report from the US:

Gas prices have plummeted during the past several weeks, but commuters do not appear to be returning to their cars, according to transit officials in the region and elsewhere, who say ridership is still increasing.

Transit officials attributed much of the ridership increase earlier this year to skyrocketing gasoline prices. But despite falling pump prices -- from a national average of $4.11 a gallon in July to $1.82 yesterday -- transit ridership is setting records in some parts of the country, officials said.

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