The past is repeating itself as gas prices increase. In 2008 when gas prices began climbing County Connection saw ridership increase at a steady pace. The same is happening now with gas prices soundly above $4.00 a gallon. Ridership increased by 9% between January 2011 and March 2011 on “commuter” routes – Route 93X Kirker Pass Express, Route 95X Danville/San Ramon Express, Routes 96X and 97X Bishop Ranch Express. These express bus routes travel a longer distance and serve large business centers.