From the East Coast to the West Coast, from the South to the Midwest and the North, more than 100 public transit systems and businesses in the United States are participating in the 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), this national public awareness day encourages people to save money by parking the car and using public transportation instead.
“In all areas of the United States, millions of people are parking their cars and taking buses and trains to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Dump the Pump Day was started to spotlight how public transportation offers financial relief from high gas prices.”
APTA first started National Dump the Pump Day in June 2006 when gas prices had reached $3 per gallon.
Noting that 10.5 billion trips were taken on public transportation in 2012, the second highest ridership number since 1957, Melaniphy said, “Since 2006, volatile gas prices have climbed even higher and more and more people have discovered that riding public transportation is a great way to save money.”
According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, households can save nearly $9,800 a year when they dump the pump and take public transit instead.
Public transportation also has important environmental and energy benefits for communities and for the country. Every year U.S. public transportation use saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions and 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline.
“Americans are sick and tired of gas price hikes,” says Michael Marx, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director. “Millions of Americans are taking matters into their own hands by riding public transit. Transit works for millions already, but we need more service, we need more buses and trains so all Americans can dump the pump.”
“All across the country, a shift is taking place. Dump the Pump Day reminds us that more Americans are choosing to live near transit-oriented communities where they don’t need a car to get to work, school, church or the store. In these sustainable communities, we’re no longer beholden to our cars, but have other transportation choices to free us from sitting in gridlock or spending our paychecks at the gas pump,” said Deron Lovaas, NRDC Federal Transportation Policy Director.
Some public transportation systems are offering free rides, holding contests, and providing giveaways to reward their riders and to interest new riders in trying public transportation. Go to the following link for a list of the public transportation systems, and public and private organizations that are participating in National Dump the Pump Day: www.apta.com
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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.