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More people riding the bus in the Cedar Valley

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

More riders are taking the bus in the Cedar Valley. Ridership for MET Transit of Black Hawk County is up more than 15 percent from last year.

The number of rides is expected to exceed 550,000, which is up from 476,000 last year.

Officials say high gas prices and newer buses have played a part in the increased number of passengers.

The high gas prices have also impacted MET Transit. In just the first three month of this fiscal year they are $18,000 over budget.

"The fairs don't off set our increase cost in fuel, but by making adjustments in the budget and being really careful on where we spend, we're able to hold that down or cut services," said MET General Manager, Mark Little.

Officials with MET Transit say the new passengers are paying with cash. They do offer a monthly pass for unlimited rides for 50 dollars. Discounted passes are also available for Senior Citizens and those with disabilities.

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