Ride or Drive?

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Before this summer, the Jackson Transportation Authority had about 40,000 regular customers, but in the past 3 months that number has gone up to around 43,000 said JTA general manager Cameron McCollum.

"It’s just a matter of getting the word out, that public transportation is a good option, especially during these times when fuel costs are the way they are," said McCollum.

But even though ridership has gone up this summer, McCollum says the JTA is still struggling to pay its gas bill.

"This year we'll be $100,000 over budget on fuel," he added.

Fortunately for riders, McCollum said there will be no increase in fare anytime soon.