Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.
With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center announced today that it will join with public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the tenth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.”
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation 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 $9,394 annually by downsizing to one car.
Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.
By utilizing readily available public transportation, individuals can also help reduce air pollution. Emissions from the transportation sector are a major contributor of air pollution that can affect quality of life through illnesses such as asthma. Taking public transportation is an easy way to reduce negative impacts on the environment and create cleaner air for everyone.
So join the Center on Thursday June 18th for “Dump the Pump” and ride public transportation to save money and create cleaner air for the community.