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View JPG (244 KB) • View PDF (32 KB) • Here is a comparison for the Durham Area Transit Authority, Capital Area Transit (Raleigh), Triangle Transit, Chapel Hill Transit and Cary's town system. A "rider" is one paid fare.
  • View JPG (244 KB)View PDF (32 KB) • Here is a comparison for the Durham Area Transit Authority, Capital Area Transit (Raleigh), Triangle Transit, Chapel Hill Transit and Cary's town system. A "rider" is one paid fare.

It's too dangerous to hitchhike, too far to walk, too blazing to bike. With gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon—and approaching $5 for diesel—ridership on area buses has increased significantly over the same time last year. In June, Triangle Transit recorded a 30 percent jump over the similar period in 2007, setting a record ridership of more than 97,000.

In addition to the environmental benefits of public transit, the savings add up. For example, on a Triangle Transit regional bus, the price of a 25-mile, one-way trip between Raleigh and Durham is $2. If your car gets 22 miles per gallon, it would cost twice as much to drive that distance.

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