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February 15, 2013

Rising gas prices affect businesses, services


JOHNSTOWN — Public transportation

Generally, high gas prices are good for public transportation as people drive less and ride the bus more, said Josh Yoder, CamTran’s director of marketing and planning.

CamTran’s urban ridership for January spiked in 2012 to 88,728 compared with 81,250 in 2011.

Urban ridership for January 2013 is down slightly to 86,143, which could be because of inclement weather.

“We’re showing strong ridership,” Yoder said.

Even with increased fuel costs, CamTran plans no fare increase, he said.

Routes are not being affected either.

“We do business the same regardless of gas prices,” he said. “Folks are depending on us to take them where they need to go. That’s why we’re here.”

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