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CTA buses busy for Dump the Pump day

With the high price of gas, many are opting to use public transportation, not just on Dump the Pump Day, but every day. (Photo source: WLOX) With the high price of gas, many are opting to use public transportation, not just on Dump the Pump Day, but every day. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Gas prices have hit a six year high for this time of year, according to AAA. And the prices are expected to remain up throughout the rest of the summer. Right now in South Mississippi gas prices range between $3.29 and $3.69 a gallon.

With the high price of gas, many are opting to use public transportation, not just on Dump the Pump Day, but every day.

"It picks me up right outside my driveway," CTA rider Evette Morgan said. "They have so many stops and pick up locations that it's very convenient to ride the bus. It is a lot easier than walking and a lot cheaper than spending your gas money to go to different places."

Morgan actually sold her car because she said it is easier and more cost efficient for her to use public transportation.

"It's very convenient, it's inexpensive and you can pay monthly and ride all month long," Morgan said.

The bus is Paul Britton's only means of transportation too.

"I'd rather ride the bus than maintain a car," Britton said.

For other riders, Thursday was their first time using public transportation after learning it was National Dump the Pump Day.

Three-year-old Payton Campbell said, "I'm excited."

Payton and her 6-year-old brother, Parker, were riding the bus with their grandmother, Gayle Parker, to go shopping.

"We saw it on the news and they got real excited and I said, 'Would you like to do that?' And, of course, they said, 'Yes,' so this is our first time," Parker said.

But it if all goes well, she said it will not be their last time riding.

"They have bus stops right by my house and if they want to do that, we may just do that again," Parker said.

CTA offers rides throughout Gulfport, Biloxi, D'Iberville and Ocean Springs.

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