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The Silver Lining

Biz BriefsSpiking gas prices don’t hurt every business. NJ Transit’s ticket sales for the first 25 days of April were up by 11% over the same period last year, says spokesperson Dan Stessel. “It’s a very rough indication that there may be some effect on ridership as a result of higher gasoline prices,” Stessel says.

The increase could eliminate the need for a fare hike that was being considered for next year.

Stessel says his agency has added customer service representatives and is showing potential riders where they can find parking spaces to take public transportation to work.

Also, NJ Transit will be mailing out a free round-trip ticket to riders with their monthly tickets for June. The idea, says Stessel, is for passengers to give the free ride to a friend so they can check out the service.

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