Portales - The growing population in Portales has increased the demand for the Portales Area Transit.
An estimated 21,000 rides will be given by the bus service this year, with the numbers continuing to rise.
Officials say the transportation service meets a definite need in the community.
However, there is no night, weekend or holiday service and funding is limited.
Officials say they will continue to apply for the needed funding, as the demand grows.