Will transit lose riders to cheap gas?

Posted on December 8, 2008 by Dan Reichard

The confusion over what to do now that gas prices have dropped will test how well transit authorities hang on to their big ridership increases from the past four months.  Obviously, gas prices were the reason for the 10-percent-or-more boost in ridership numbers across the country this past summer. 

The question will be: has the new public transit rider found a worthwhile relief to their commuting budget by using public transit, or will public transit have to face up to what was a temporary blip in their ridership growth?

Until next time,

Dan

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