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Local transit celebrates successful four years

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PASCO, Wash.--Local transit celebrates successful four years. A local transit service has a lot to celebrate. This is Grape Line's 4th year in business, they're becoming more popular since they began business in 2007.

They've transported 27,700 riders around Eastern Washington ranging from students to senior citizens. Their most popular route is the drive from Walla Walla to Pasco. It's become much busier over the holiday season. 

Passenger Miles Pretorius says "it's very convenient for college students especially getting back to the airport you know. Go home for leave and such because paying to keep your car at the airport, it's outrageous."

The transit service started with about 400 riders. Then the numbers jumped to 8,800 for 2010. Bus Driver Victor Fusselman says "a lot of people will be coming into the transit center here. Which is the Greyhound and Amtrack station as well as the airport."

Rides range from about $4.00-$7.00.  Grape Line staffers say high gas prices have led to an increase in riders. There are 3 round-trip rides a day with about 20 passengers on each bus.