More and more Iowans are looking for ways to save money as gas prices have topped $3.70 a gallon, on average, statewide. Brad DeBrower drives a city transit bus in Cedar Rapids.
"There’s more riders now than I think we’ve ever had before," DeBrower said. In fact, state officials say they’ve seen double-digit increases in bus ridership in the last year. The highest increase came in the last two months. A bus ride in Cedar Rapids costs $1, while an all-day pass runs $3…cheaper than one gallon of gas. That’s one reason Cedar Rapids resident Javus Bonmon was riding the bus on Monday.
"We just recently bought a car and I just came down to take care of some business…so, instead of trying to find a parking space, I just ride the bus," Bonmon said. In Cedar Rapids, the city’s transit system reports ridership is up nearly 15-percent in the past nine months.