Transit Ridership Surges

WASHINGTON (AP) - High gas prices have more people getting out of their cars and on a train or a bus.

According to industry figures, ridership on mass transit surged by more than five percent during the second quarter of the year.

That means 2.8 billion trips were made on the nation's subways, buses, commuter railroads, and light-rail systems.

But that surge in riders is also straining agencies that can't afford to expand service and are struggling to maintain the services they already offer.

Transit advocates say more federal support is needed. The House has passed a bill to make 1.7 billion dollars available to transit agencies over the next two years.

A Senate committee will hear from transit officials today.

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

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