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Gas prices help COTA attract riders

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The Dispatch wrote Gas prices help COTA attract riders

Saturday, November 17, 2007

BY TIM DOULIN

Like the price of gasoline, the number of people taking the bus is up.

COTA ridership has increased about 5.2 percent since Aug. 27, compared with the same period last year. The number of passenger boardings rose for 11 consecutive weeks during that time, compared with the previous year.

“I would like to think it is because of some of the changes we are making in our service,” said William Lhota, Central Ohio Transit Authority president and chief executive officer. “But I would have to say the main driver is gasoline over $3 a gallon.”

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