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With Gas Prices Sky-High, It Pays to Take the Bus

With the cost of gasoline hovering around $6 a gallon in Mendocino County, the Mendocino Transit Authority reminds drivers that they have an option to save money:  Ride the bus.


“With gas prices as high as they are right now, household budgets are really getting squeezed,” said Carla Meyer, MTA general manager. “Bus transit can lower travel costs, and it supports our communities by keeping more discretionary dollars in people’s pockets for spending or saving.”


With bus fare at $3 for the hypothetical 24-mile trip from Willits City Hall to the Mendocino County Administration building in Ukiah ($1.50 for those over age 62), most people will save a dollar or more on gas each way, depending upon what car they drive.  Purchasing a $17 punch pass for up to 16 trips will save even more.


Drivers coming inland from the coast and drivers of pick-up trucks can save significantly by taking the bus even just a few times a week, Meyer said.


If you’d like to find out how much your car drive will cost compared to taking the bus, the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) has a simple online tool you can use:


Check routes, schedules and fares online for your trip at Or call (707) 462-1422 or 1 (800) 696-4682.


Mendocino Transit Authority provides safe, low-cost, environmentally responsible and reliable public bus service throughout Mendocino County.