Transit agencies welcome commuters for Dump the Pump Day

June 15, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. June 15, 2011

Puget Sound public transit agencies encourage commuters to climb aboard Thursday for National Dump the Pump Day.

National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage people to use public transportation systems available in local communities across the nation. The goal is to encourage people to save money, help the environment and increase the nation’s energy independence.

“Puget Sound residents have so many great alternatives to driving — buses, light rail, streetcars, trains, vanpools and ferries. Dump the Pump Day is a great time to try out a new ride and save some money,” Kevin Desmond, King County Metro Transit general manager, said in a news release.

In the Puget Sound region, eight public transportation agencies carry more than 600,000 passengers every weekday and 200 million riders a year.

Typical commuters can save thousands of dollars each year by leaving cars at home. People can learn how much they can save by using the Transit Calculator on the APTA website. By entering some basic information such as miles traveled each day, vehicle fuel economy and local transit fare, a person can instantly see his or her personal potential savings.

Sound Transit plans to give away several ORCA cards loaded with $10 for regional travel as part of a Twitter promotion. Participants can retweet”a special message all week and be entered to win a drawing for the ORCA cards.

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