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High gas prices cause people to park and catch a ride

Drivers across Kentuckiana are now paying the highest prices ever for gas.  With gas prices above $4 a gallon, people are leaving the cars at home and going to bus stops.

Ray Frye's 1997 Toyota Corolla gets pretty good gas mileage.  Frye says, "I measured the gas mileage just, it was 31 miles to the gallon."

But despite that, Frye is one of hundreds of people who have recently parked their cars.  With gas prices as high as $4.29 a gallon in some parts of the Metro.

Frye says, "I've started riding TARC more often." Frye has found some relief on TARC's new Oldham County express.

Frye says, "Save about probably 10 bucks a day by the time I drive down there and find a place to park."

So now, Frye rides TARC five days a week from his home in East Louisville to the Federal Building downtown. "It's standing room only." Frye says.

With gas prices at their highest, seats on the TARC are becoming a little hard to come by.  In April TARC officials said they are seeing an increase in riders.

Roger Boyd with AAA says using other forms of transportation could actually lead to changes at the pump.

Boyd says "If we reduce the consumption and we reduce therefore a little bit of the demand, then ultimately what we're going to see is those prices have to come down because the amount of oil in the system is going to be good."

With no end in sight, riders like Ray Frye are settling in and making themselves comfortable on TARC. Frye says, "I've made some friends on the bus and it passes by pretty quick."

It's $1.25 to ride the bus, but TARC is also paying more at the pump. TARC expects to increase fares slightly in July.

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