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Cost of commuting into Charlottesville area puts spotlight on public transit
The Daily Progress Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.

Residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, on average, pay more than $1,200 a year just on commuting costs, according to a recent study by Housing Virginia.

That’s well below the national average, and even further below places such as Greene County, where residents pay more than $3,700 a year, on average, the release said.

Albemarle County supervisors said last week that there are several ways to defray those costs, but the solutions will take time and cost money that hasn’t been readily available in recent years.

Most agreed that expanding bus services such as JAUNT, particularly to outlying areas of the county, and to Buckingham, Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson counties, will be an important step.

“One thing we need to continue to look at is to continue to improve transportation in rural areas and JAUNT serves out in [rural] areas,” Supervisor Duane Snow said.

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