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More people take the bus

Posted March 12, 2008
Updated April 30, 2008

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— With gas prices reaching an all-time high, more people are turning to public transportation.

The number of people taking buses is near record levels throughout the region. The Triangle Transit Authority says ridership was up 13 percent in February from a year ago.

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  • PaulRevere Mar 13, 2008

    I found the gotriangle.org website very difficult to use...not that I'd ride the bus anyways, just sayin'.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 13, 2008

    I live in Durham and just looked up the trip planner for our DATA system. The first leg of my trip involves walking .75 of a mile into an area that I do NOT want to be walking into at 6:45 in the morning. I walk a lot and don't mind the .75 walk, but not to that area at that time of day.

    It also said that Durham has 43 buses. 43 buses for the whole city? No wonder they're like Yeti sightings in my neighbornood.

  • ncwebguy Mar 13, 2008

    The roads would be more crowded if the 13% ridership increase, and the existing ridership before that, were driving instead.

    My trip from RTP to home is 70 minutes via TTA, including a half mile walk from office to bus stop, an RTP transfer, and a half mile walk from Moore Square to home. If it takes you two hours, you are stuck in traffic on 40 or you are lying. My travel time would be shorter if I was on the west side of downtown near Hillsborough St. or used the park and ride.

    gotriangle.org is a good starting place for those challenged by reading bus schedules, though I learned that skill in the 6th grade.

    Carpooling requires a group of people with similar schedules who live *and* work somewhat close to each other. Good for some, but not all. Buses are good for people who don't own a car or choose not to.

    CAT raised fares to an even $1, which was long overdue. There won't be another far increase unless gas costs rise. TTA is cheaper with $3/gal gas.

  • 1Rx4FN Mar 13, 2008

    I went to www.gotriangle.org in order to see the route from home to work. 2 miles of walking, 2 bus transfers and 1:50 minutes later - I would be there. This makes me want to put the car keys down and ride.

  • PaulRevere Mar 13, 2008

    13% increase, but how many people ride the bus on average each day? Percentages can be used to make things looks better than they are, and I suspect that's the case here. Unfortunate to see WRAL shilling for the Triangle choo-choo train lobby again!

  • KevInApex Mar 13, 2008

    I try to ride once or twice a week and I confess it is not the most convenient method of commuting for me. I have an advantage over others in that I love to walk and the stops are within walks of my home and work.

    The fares have not increased to my knowledge in the past several months but perhaps TTAs "ew look" this coming Monday includes higher fares. Perhaps ridership has risen but for the most part the buses are at 50% or less of capacity.

    I still believe an improved bus system would be more cost effective than a train simply because this area is too sprawled out to provide efficient stops.

  • MrsScienceNerd Mar 13, 2008

    OrdinaryCitizen, you may be correct that regular bus schedules are confusing; however, it's easy to plan your route using the website "www.gotriangle.org". Just put in your starting point, ending point, and what time you'd like to get there, then it will tell you the best route by bus. I've found it to be quite handy :)

  • Fun Mar 13, 2008

    13% is a meaningless number...made to sensationalize...not enough information...just the pro mass transit talking heads again. Hey how about the Raleigh Cat or Durham DATA...WRAL just wants to helpem "schmooze" money out of our pockets! BALONEY

  • whatelseisnew Mar 13, 2008

    So I guess this means at least 2 people are riding the bus. Or 1 large person and a very small person.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Mar 13, 2008

    Figure chould be much higher if everyone could understand a bus schedule. Why are bus schedules so hard to read and understand?

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