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More people rode public transportation in the first nine months of this year than last, a sign that more people are working and looking for cheaper options to get around. With gasoline prices surging, many commuters around the country are leaving their cars at home, opting for buses and trains. Ridership on public buses and trains increased 2% — from 7.63 billion rides to 7.76 billion, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Drivers learning how to run buses on shoulder of I-35 If you see a bus on the shoulder of Interstate 35 in Johnson County this week, don't worry that it might be disabled. It's really supposed to be there. The county will be training drivers how to navigate the shoulder of the interstate as part of a new technique to move buses faster between the suburbs and downtown. The new bus-on-shoulder service will start Jan. 3, but drivers will begin their on-road training Thursday. Drivers will be in training every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 8. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be on hand to escort the buses. The bus-on-shoulder service is an outgrowth of a study that examined the feasibility of running commuter trains parallel to I-35 between the Kansas suburbs and downtown. The county spent 15 years studying commuter rail before concluding in 2007 that expanded bus service was the way to go. The new service allows buses to run on the shoulder on eight miles of I-35