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APTA, eco-nonprofits partner for Dump the Pump Day

Posted on June 16, 2010

On June 17, people across the country will “Dump the Pump” and ride public transportation on the 5th annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which is partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Sierra Club this year, the National Dump the Pump Day is a public awareness day that highlights the benefits of public transportation, two of which are saving money and promoting energy independence.

 

“This year offers more than an opportunity for people to save money by using public transit,” said APTA President William Millar. “Given the Gulf spill crisis, Americans can also make a statement in support of public transit and its ability to help our country reduce its reliance on oil.

 

“U.S. public transit ridership saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually,” Millar said. “America needs to be energy independent and public transportation plays a critical role in our country attaining energy independence.”

 

Representatives from the NRDC and the Sierra Club agree that public transportation is part of the solution for helping our country reduce its reliance on oil.

 

“Preventing future national tragedies like the Gulf spill requires moving America beyond oil, and Dump the Pump Day reminds us that public transportation options such as trains and buses are important tools for driving down our dangerous dependence,” said Deron Lovaas, NRDC Federal Transportation policy director.

 

“Taking transit this Thursday and every day after is something we all can do in response to the BP oil disaster,” said Ann Mesnikoff, the Sierra Club’s green transportation campaign director. “Public transportation is key to ending our dependence on oil and reducing our global warming pollution.”

 

Besides helping our country reduce its dependence on oil, people can also help improve their bank balances. The average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation and 94 percent of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars — the largest expenditure after housing. In addition, according to the monthly APTA Transit Savings Report, which tracks savings for public transit users, the national average savings per year is more than $9,000 for an individual in a two-person household who downsizes from two cars to one car. 

 

More than 120 public transportation systems are participating in National Dump the Pump Day activities this year. Some public transit systems are offering free or reduced rides; holding contests with giveaways such as free transit passes; and spreading the word through social media. Proclamations have been issued, including one from Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.

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