Ditch $4-per-gallon gas on Dump the Pump Day

June 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. June 20, 2012

Regional public transit agencies joined forces to encourage commuters to forgo $4-per-gallon gasoline Thursday for Dump the Pump Day.

Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit and other agencies asked commuters to board buses, trains and ferries for the national event. Organizers said more than 560,000 riders already use regional public transportation services.

Metro is reaching out to riders on Facebook to ask how they plan to dump the pump. In addition, 10 people can win a Dump the Pump T-shirt and a regional ORCA card loaded with $10. Organizers plan to select participants in a random drawing June 25.

Commuters can use the American Public Transportation Association’s monthly transit savings calculator to determine the costs of driving versus using public transit.

The association sponsors Dump the Pump Day. The event is meant to encourage people to take advantage of public transportation systems available in  communities across the nation. By doing so, people can save money, help the environment and use less energy.

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One Response to “Ditch $4-per-gallon gas on Dump the Pump Day”

  1. Olin on June 20th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Nice idea, but it would take me 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way from Bothell to Issaquah. I might save almost $400 a year, but I would be loosing 1-2 hours per day of my life. It only takes me an hour each way to drive if traffic is really bad–20-25 minutes on good days with a 40 minute average.

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