The 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 20. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), this national public transportation awareness day encourages people to “dump the pump” by parking their car and riding public transit instead.
According to APTA’s most recent Transit Savings Report, households can save, on the average, nearly $9,800 a year when they “dump the pump” and take public transit instead.
The first National Dump the Pump Day was started in June 2006 after gas prices had reached $3 per gallon. Last year nearly 150 public transit systems across the country participated in National Dump the Pump Day. Some public transportation systems offered free rides, held contests, provided giveaways as rewards for riders, and partnered with local Sierra Club chapters and businesses to spread the word.
Public and private organizations can also participate by encouraging their employees to ride public transportation. If your organization would like to participate, go to the APTA website at www.apta.com to use the 2013 Dump the Pump Toolkit.
||8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day|
||Thursday, June 20, 2013|
||Across the country - - in rural, suburban, and urban communities|
||To highlight public transportation as a travel option that saves people money and helps the environment.|
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.