High gas prices have some families finding other options

As gas prices approach the $4 mark in Kentucky, some people are already finding other modes of transportation.

"With the gas prices the way they are, you really can't afford gas prices."
Like a lot of people, Amy Dowling takes a bus to pretty much everywhere she and her 4-year-old son, needs to go.

"It's actually easier because you don't have to worry about, ya know, am I going to run out of gas," said Dowling.

Right now, Dowling is living on a fixed income only uses her car during emergencies.

"Only when we have to get to the hospital something major," Dowling said.

Lextran officials are already gearing up for what could be a busy riding season.

"Everyday we look at gas prices ourselves," Lextran's director of community affairs, Jill Barnett said.

Barnett says that when gas prices go up, their expenses go up too. But they also see an increase in ridership.

"Back in 2008, when gas prices were really high, that summer we had a spike in ridership."

Many of those passengers stuck around over the years, like Amy Dowling. She says she will continue riding the bus, but is hopeful $4 a gallon gas doesn't become the norm.

"Hopefully that it will go back down dramatically, so I mean, everyone can afford it."

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