- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The number of people using Charlotte’s transit system has dropped and officials say that’s because of lower gas prices.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1XfiOsM ) that the number of riders of buses and the light rail line is down about 4 percent compared with the same time last year.

The price of gas in North Carolina has dropped from an average of $3.30 a gallon last year, to about $2.25 this year.

Olaf Kinard with the Charlotte Area Transit System says he thinks the drop in riders is also caused by a fare increase last summer. The price for a one-way train and bus ticket went from $2 to $2.20.

The agency generally considers raising prices every two years.

The transit system is mostly funded by a half-cent sales tax.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com


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