Benzie Bus Has Record Ridership for 2011, Hike in Gas Prices Mean More People Using Public Transportation

This is only the 6th year Benzie Bus has been up and running, but with every new year they just keep getting more and more riders. Last year they took more than 70,000 people around northern Michigan.

Evelyn Hall says the bus is an easy way to travel. Another reason Benzie Bus is seeing more riders is the cost of gas. A round-trip ticket is just $6.00 to Traverse City, that won't even get you two gallons of gas.

Benzie Bus already travels to Traverse City three times a day during the week, but even more trips to the Cherry Capital are in the works.

Reporting in Benzie County, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson.