Without a car, Carla Martinez has to plan her shopping trips in Petaluma carefully.
"It gets really crowded at school times," she said. "But I'm just glad to be able to use the bus. It's pretty convenient."
Headed home this week lugging two bags of groceries, Martinez was able to catch a Petaluma Transit bus not far from Grocery Outlet at a busy bus stop on Copeland Street.
Martinez, who has used the bus system for years, has noticed an increase in the number of passengers recently.
Her perception is reality. Ridership has more than doubled in the past five years, said Transit Manager Joe Rye.