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

June 20, 2012

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. Read more

Transit agencies welcome commuters for Dump the Pump Day

June 15, 2011

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.

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Ride mass transit Thursday on Dump the Pump Day

June 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2010

Board King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses Thursday to dump the pump.

The transit agencies encourage Issaquah residents to participate in Dump the Pump Day by riding public transit. The national event aims to beat gas prices and protect the environment by encouraging commuters to leave behind cars for buses, trains and ferries.

Metro Transit will host customer appreciation activities with refreshments provided by Issaquah-based Costco and Seattle-based Starbucks. The events will run from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Bellevue Transit Center, Northgate Park & Ride and the Federal Way Transit Center.

Since 2006, the American Public Transportation Association has sponsored Dump the Pump Day. The average household spends 18 cents of each dollar on transportation, with 94 percent for buying, maintaining and operating cars — the largest expenditure after housing, American Public Transportation Association data shows.

Riders can calculate their household savings here.

Dump the gas pump June 17

June 15, 2010

On June 17, board King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses to dump the pump.

The transit agencies encourage Issaquah residents to participate in Dump the Pump Day by riding public transit. The national event aims to beat gas prices and protect the environment by encouraging commuters to leave behind cars for buses, trains and ferries.

Metro Transit will host customer appreciation activities with refreshments provided by Issaquah-based Costco and Seattle-based Starbucks. The events will run from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Bellevue Transit Center, Northgate Park & Ride and the Federal Way Transit Center.

Plump up your wallet on Dump the Pump Day

June 17, 2009

NEW — 5 p.m. June 17, 2009

Concerned about saving money and cutting down on expenses? As local gas prices again begin to creep up to $3 a gallon, one of the easiest ways to keep more money in your wallet is to park your car at home and hop on public transportation.

The region’s transportation agencies are urging residents to ride a bus, train, boat, bike, take a walk or share the ride tomorrow, the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, the 2009 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve our quality of life. The association’s monthly Transit Savings Report consistently ranks the Seattle metropolitan area as one of the top 10 regions for potential transit savings.

Various agencies in Washington are joining agencies across the country to ask those who’ve never tried public transportation to get on board with saving and take a new ride. Regular transit users are encouraged to make it a “zero drive” day, and only use transit.

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