Rising gasoline prices drive more people to take the bus

Saturday, June 28, 2008 | 5:48 p.m. CDT; updated 11:23 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — With mid-Missouri’s gasoline prices getting closer to $4 per gallon, Columbia Transit has become an appealing alternative to driving. Jill Stedem, public information specialist with the Columbia Public Works Department, said bus ridership in Columbia has increased 16 percent since this time last year — when gasoline was about $2.84 per gallon, according to