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TEXOMA--- As gas prices continue to rise, many drivers across the country are trading their car keys for bus passes. The Texoma Area Paratransit System recently reported that ridership is up 28% in the last two months.

On average, TAPS provided about 28,000 trips a month last year. This year, they're already averaging about 35,000 trips a month.

"We're seeing a huge rise in demand for our services," said TAPS Transportation CEO Brad Underwood. "Our call volume has increased over the last several weeks. People are inquiring more about how to get to their job, how to get to school and how to get back and forth throughout their daily lives."

In order to keep up with the growing number of riders, Underwood said big expansion plans are on the way. TAPS recently received a $4.2 million fleet replacement grant. With the money, they plan to open new routes for veterans and expand current routes.