Motorist Give Up Car Keys For The Bus

June 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga.  (WTVM) -- The rising price of fuel is forcing some folks to put down their car keys and catch the bus.  "Gas is almost $4 and its very convenient with bus fare.  It's cheaper and you can go anywhere in Columbus with one price," said Metra Rider Jessica Kerce.

These are all familiar words as gas keeps inching towards $5 a gallon.  More people are hopping on the bus to save cash making METRA go another step to keep all the new riders satisfied.

The buses normally stop every thirty minutes or hour at each stop depending on the location.  "Transportation is a service industry that's driven by demand.  Once there is enough demand we'll look at expanding to other areas consider it," said Director Saundra Hunter.

Right now, Metra buses run Monday thru Saturday from 4:30a.m. until 8:30p.m.  They are working on a grant that could extend the hours until midnight.

This summer, Metra is offering special passes that allow students to take unlimited rides.  The offer is good for children ages nine through 18.

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