Gas prices are up. But, apparently, so is public transit ridership.

According to a story published on, Metro Bus ridership spiked 3 percent and Metro Rail ridership was up 8 percent during the month of January. Metro officials expect ridership numbers to be even higher for February.

The story also highlighted the rising cost of gas. Oil was over $100 a barrel last week. It's fallen to about $97 a barrel. This amounts to an area average of $3.77 per gallon.

While I personally think it is premature to assume that rising gas prices are directly correlated to increased transit ridership, I encourage Be A Green Commuter readers to continue to stay the course and know that you're doing your part to blunt the pains of geopolitical conflict on your checkbook.