Nearly 160 public transit systems around the country are planning to participate in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with 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. The tag line is: Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.
Public transportation systems will be promoting National Dump the Pump Day in a variety of ways and the number of participants is growing each day. Nearly thirty public transit systems are offering free rides to make it easy for people to try public transportation. Below are some examples of other ways public transportation systems are promoting National Dump the Pump Day.
• Dump the Pump Scavenger Hunts: MARTA (Atlanta, GA) and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) will both hold Dump the Pump Scavenger Hunts on Saturday, June 20. This is MARTA’s third Dump the Pump Scavenger Hunt, which has teams of people looking for hidden prizes on the MARTA system.
• Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will be hosting an early Dump the Pump event on Tuesday, June 16 as an unoffical Tampa Bay Rays pre-game activity at the Ferg’s Sports Bar just outside of the Tropicana Stadium. A PSTA employee will be dressed as a gas pump and sit atop a dunk tank. As Rays fans arrive for the game, they will have a chance to win a free bus pass by throwing a ball at a target. Hit the target and the “gas pump” falls into the water tank.
• Photo Contests With Dump the Pump Selfies: Several public transit systems across the country are holding photo contests in which people send in photos of themselves “dumping the pump” as they ride on local buses and trains. Some of the systems holding photo contests are as follows: Capital District Transportation Authority (Albany, NY); Orange County Transportation Authority (Orange, CA); Broward County Transit (Plantation, FL), and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (Tampa, FL).
• Caltrain and San Mateo County Transit District (San Carlos, CA) will be offering a variation on photo selfies. People can go to local Dump the Pump events at the San Jose Diridon Station and the Colma Transit Center and have a photo taken with a foam board that makes it look like they are bus drivers! If people post the photo to Twitter to #dumpthepump, they will have a chance to win a price.
• A press conference with a photo op not to be missed! LA Metro (Los Angeles, CA) will encourage people to save money by divorcing the car. At the press conference, a sheriff’s deputy will serve an old jalopy with divorce papers. As it drives away, streamers will come from beneath the sign “Just Divorced.” By riding public transit, people will be able to save money, or as LA Metro will put it, people will have money from “auto-mony” (think alimony).
According to APTA’s June 10, 2015 Transit Savings Report
, an individual in a two-person households can save, on the average, more than $9,500 a year when he or she downsizes by one car and takes public transit instead.
||Thursday, June 18, 2015|
||Across the country -- in rural, suburban, and urban communities|
||To highlight public transportation as a travel option that saves people money, revitalizes communities, 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.