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Katrina Raises Gas Prices, Now More Ride the Bus

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

August 30, 2005

Some Charlottesville residents don't mind the rising prices at the pumps. They're bypassing the gas-guzzling car for a more reasonable ride.

Just as fast as Hurricane Katrina slammed on shore, gas prices began rising once again. The amount of people not willing to pay the extra money at the pump is climbing, also.

"There have been more discretionary or what we call choice riders who have concerns about U.S. dependence on foreign oil," said Diane Taylor, of the Charlottesville Transit Service.

Chris Hargrove is one of them. "I pumped up the tires on my bike. I'm using that when I can [and I] get the bus when it's convenient," said Hargrove.

Hargrove rides the Charlottesville Transit Services buses whenever he needs to travel a few miles, which helps his family save extra cash.

"I live in a community and we have a fixed budget and our living expenses have pretty much stayed the same as gas prices have risen," said Hargrove.

According to CTS representatives, high gas prices won't trickle down to the customers anytime soon. "Fees for CTS are still the same. It's 75 cents for regular rides, but we also offer discount passbooks for people who are riding regularly and want to have some savings by purchasing those books," said Taylor.

That's why Hargrove is now more willing to ride rather than drive. "Sounds good to me," said Hargrove.

CTS has also added a new bus route. Pantops Route 10 now goes to the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center, and their social security office.


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