Minnesotans take to public transit in record numbers, save tons of gas

If there's a silver lining in the high gas prices endured by commuters the past couple years it's that they've compelled Minnesotans to eschew their cars in favor of the bus and light-rail.

In 2008, public transit ridership across the state increased five percent over the previous year, according to a new report by public advocacy group Environment Minnesota. The figure set a new record and saved some 39 million of gasoline-- the equivalent of taking about 69,000 cars off the road.

"People are voting with their feet by driving less and taking more public transportation," said Fellow Samantha Chadwick in a press release. "We want Congress to listen to these voters and invest more in public transportation, which will increase our energy independence and reduce global warming pollution."