Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit As the cost of gasoline continues to rise, more people are using public transportation. But transit officials have been surprised to see big ridership jumps even in areas where people don't usually take the bus or train — like car-choked Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. The jump is straining transit agencies' resources.
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Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit

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Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit

Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit

Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit

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As the cost of gasoline continues to rise, more people are using public transportation. But transit officials have been surprised to see big rider jumps even in areas where people don't usually take the bus or train. That's especially true in North Carolina's car-choked areas of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. And the jump is straining transit agencies' resources.

Jessica Jones reports from North Carolina Public Radio.