Within the last couple of months, we have all been feeling that painful, stinging feeling every time we swipe our cards to fill up the tank. What with gas prices pushing upwards of $4 in the months to come, North Carolinians are taking measures to cut costs in any way that they can. With that being said, people are ditching their cars and taking the bus to work or school instead. An article in the Midtown Raleigh News outlined the increase in ridership on the bus systems throughout Raleigh, Durham, Chapel, Hill, and Cary. Trends have shown an increase use of buses in the Triangle area within the last few months which correlates to increasing gas prices. Raleigh alone experienced an 11.2% increase in CAT ridership compared to this time last year. Wake County is looking to make even more improvements to the transit system within the coming years, even considering a referendum to supplement the costs of these improvements. So, if you are feeling the pinch of gas prices on your wallet, why not try the bus instead? You can save money, and help the environment!