More turn to public transportation for work commute

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Katrel Thomspson works at EpiCentre, and she won't even consider driving there, despite the fact that she has a car.

"It's much cheaper to park your car and get on the light rail," she says.

Apparently, a lot of people are finding that to be true. CATS says its seen an 8% spike in ridership this year, as gas prices drive even those who live out in suburbia to give up their car commute.

"What I normally do, is I'll get on the number 43 bus, which is Ballantyne, and ride 43 down to the light rail, Sharon Road West, and then get the light rail up here to uptown," Bradley Rivland says. And it's saving him money. "Probably on a monthly basis, I'm saving forty or fifty dollars at least."

But Charlotte Area Transportation System (CATS) thinks most people could save even more.

You'll find a calculator on its website, and it can help you get a specific number.

Thomson says every day, it seems like more people are making the switch to public transportation.

"It's very crowded," she says. "I was on the bus the other day, and I had to stand up for an hour, because there were no seats available."