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More People Riding the Bus in the Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. - More people in the Tri-Cities are riding the bus. Nearly three and half million people used Ben Franklin Transit in 2006, that's 10% more than last year.

300,000 more people decided to ditch the car keys and hop on a bus. In theory that's an extra 80 people per route per day.

A spokesperson for Ben Franklin Transit said she believes high gas prices and special bus promotions helped increase ridership. To keep the trend going the transit plans to reach out to people who might be intimidated riding the bus. It hopes a little education will help people be a little less nervous.

"My fear would be, What if I get off the wrong stop? Or what if the bus doesn't come or that sort of thing. So what we're going to try to do is take people that might be reluctant to ride the bus and offer them some transit training," said Christy Watts, Ben Franklin Transit.  

The transit also plans to keep people up to date on new services and bus pass options.