Monday, June 12, 2017

National Dump the Pump Day This Thursday

With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the twelfth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 15. 

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 2017 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 $9,823 annually by downsizing to one car.    

“Public transportation is the cornerstone of local economics in urban, suburban, and rural communities.  In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  That’s why we are offering FREE rides to encourage more people to join our regular riders and dump the pump on June 15,” said Dave Bekisz, Executive Director for the Schuylkill 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.  

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