DURHAM - Triangle school officials are bracing for a big jump in bus ridership as classes resume today, an increase they're attributing to higher fuel prices.
Though most Triangle school districts said they couldn't put a figure on the increases because school isn't in full swing, all are predicting that fewer parents will be willing to spend extra cash to drive their children to school or have their teens drive themselves. That could shift the burden of high fuel costs onto already strapped school transportation budgets.
Durham high schooler Raechel Higgins had looked forward to driving to school this year, but the 16-year-old and her younger sister will both be boarding the bus to Jordan High School.
"As much as I would like to drive, we can always use that gas money for something else," Raechel said.
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