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Cheap gas may not lead to drop in transit ridership, experts say
Cheap gas may not lead to drop in transit ridership, experts say

Since the start of the summer, gasoline prices in Los Angeles County have tumbled 40%, from more than $4 to $2.52, sparking gleeful social media posts and long lines at the cheapest gas stations. But the enthusiasm is tempered with concern from local transit officials, who say cheap gasoline takes away a key incentive to ride the bus or train in a region where commuting is still overwhelmingly done by car. And in fact, for every month that gas prices declined in 2014, so did the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's ridership figures. In the second half of the year, the number of riders systemwide fell by 4% compared with 2013. But, experts say, don't be...

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