Saturday, June 11, 2016

STS to Participate in "Dump the Pump" Day

POTTSVILLE, PA – With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) announces that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eleventh 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. Ride Public Transit.” All passengers will have the opportunity to ride any fixed route vehicle for FREE that day.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car.

“Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices and saves the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. That’s why we are offering free rides to encourage more people to join our regular riders and dump the pump on June 16,” said Dave Bekisz, Executive Director for STS Public Transportation System. “By participating in Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never tried STS will decide to ride public transit all day, anytime, at no cost.”

Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

In 2015, Americans took 10.6 billion trips on public transportation, the third highest in 10 years.