Metrolink Passenger Surge As Gas Costs Soar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Soaring gasoline costs have Southern
Californians boarding Metrolink trains in record numbers, and state
highway officials say there's been a corresponding dip in freeway

Metrolink had a record 50,232 people board its trains Tuesday - a nearly 16 percent increase over Tuesday of the same year-ago week. Metro Rail ridership has also surged, up 6 percent last month over May 2007.

Gas prices are in the $4.50-a-gallon-plus range in California.

Statewide, the California Department of Transportation says freeway traffic has dropped 1.5 percent compared to last year.

Information from: Los Angeles Times,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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