The Metro transit agency will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the sixth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.
The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, or APTA, the 2011 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to park their cars and ride public transportation. Started in June 2006, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money, according to a Metro news release.
With gas prices fluctuating around $4 a gallon, saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices, the release stated. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.
Volunteers will be on the Metro system on June 16, thanking passengers and handing out “I Dumped the Pump for Transit” stickers. Passengers who ride transit that day will be able to register by mail or online to win a prize from Metro.