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Virginia Miller

 Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit

 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day will be held next week on June 20

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.

Public transit systems around the country are planning to participate in the National Dump the Pump Day on June 20 in a variety of ways.
• In Indianapolis, where gas recently hit $4.26 a gallon, IndyGo will host a free “how to ride” event the day before, so people new to public transit can “dump the pump” on June 20.  In addition, IndyGo is partnering with Commuter Connect, who will hold a drawing with a variety of gifts for individuals who log their “dump the pump” trips to work online.  
• Valley Metro in Phoenix, AZ is hosting an online pledge drive in which people pledge to “dump the pump” and take transit instead.  Valley Metro is also providing stickers and lottery style scratchers with awards to local businesses for distribution to employees that have taken the “dump the pump” pledge.
• MARTA in Atlanta, GA is holding the first “Dump the Pump” scavenger contest.  You have to take public transit to participate in this challenge, which will take people on a 3 ½ hour hunt through the MARTA rail system.
• Red Rose Transit Authority of Lancaster, PA is asking riders to tell their story on how they “Dumped the Pump” to be placed in a random drawing for prizes.  The Grand Prize winner will receive a FREE year of transit on any bus route. 
• Intercity Transit in Olympia, WA will host a number of community events starting a day early on June 19. People will be offered customer travel planning, cost savings calculations, and the opportunity to have an “Undriving License.”
• In some places a “Dump the Pump Week” will occur.  For example, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, three transit systems (DART, Denton County Transportation Authority, and  the T) are currently collecting gas receipts from people who want to receive a free weekly regional transit pass good starting June 16. 

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.  Public transit systems and other organizations across the country participate in National Dump the Pump Day.  Last year 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 to use the 2013 Dump the Pump Toolkit.

WHAT:  8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day 
WHEN:  Thursday, June 20, 2013 
WHERE:  Across the country - - in rural, suburban, and urban communities 
WHY:  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.

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