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As Gas Prices Soar, Transit Agencies Say ‘Dump the Pump’

Ridership gains in New York and other major cities may be a sign of returning commuters, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rattles the energy market.

Will drivers hop on the bus to get around the pump? 

Will drivers hop on the bus to get around the pump? 

Photographer: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

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For U.S. public transit agencies, soaring gasoline prices could translate into much-needed ridership gains, with some big-city systems seeing upticks in usage in recent days.

Prices at the pump in the U.S. hit an average of $4.31 per gallon nationally on Wednesday — following the fastest seven-day increase on record — as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shook the energy market and President Joe Biden banned oil imported from Russia.