STOCKTON, CA - As gas prices continue to rise well beyond $4, ACE directors said a result is higher ridership on their trains.
Altamont Commuter Express sends several trains each day between the Central Valley and the Bay Area. Ridership in March 2011 was about 20 percent higher than last year at the same time.
ACE spokesman Thomas Reeves said higher employment is one reason for the increase. But he stressed high gas prices play a large role as well.
Even with the increase in daily passengers, Reeves said ACE trains were only about 60 percent full.