Rising gas prices are continuing to spur usage of the Bloomington Normal Public Transit System. Director Andrew Johnson says January and February usage rose 13.7% over the same months last year. Johnson says the last time gas prices caused such a spike in ridership was 2008 and they retained some of those riders even after prices went down.
Usage of the bus system has been rising for some time. Johnson says ridership rose 13.3% for all of last year. He says if gas prices ever decline again, the system could still expect to keep about 20% of the growth created by the desire to avoid driving alone.
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