With the price of gas continuing to rise, more commuters are opting to get out of their cars and into trains and buses in cities across the US. The record-breaking level of oil prices (currently at $125.96 a barrel) is making it near-impossible for many to commute to work via automobile – but many mass transit systems are not yet equipped to handle the surge. The NY Times reports that while cities like New York and Boston, which tout long-established mass transit systems, have witnessed considerable increases in ridership, the biggest increases are being seen in smaller municipalities throughout the South and West, where driving culture thrives and public transportation systems are being pushed to their limits.

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