Dump The Pump Day-June 21, 2012
Dump the Pump: Ride Free on Lextran & WHEELS on June 21st
With gas prices on the rise again, Lextran will join with other public transportation systems across the country to participate in the seventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2012 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving their cars. As gas prices climb towards $4 per gallon, Dump the Pump Day emphasizes the savings associated with riding the bus.
To say thank you to existing riders, and to encourage new riders to try Lextran, all trips on Lextran and American Red Cross WHEELS will be free for the day. Lextran will also distribute reusable green tote bags to passengers.
“A lot of people think, the bus just isn’t for me, yet they’ve never tried it,” said Lextran General Manager Rocky Burke. “I think folks might be surprised. I’d encourage them to plan their trip using our website, and leave the car at home for the day.”
More people seem to be doing just that, as Lextran ridership has shown an increase each of the last twelve months as compared to the same time last year. Saving money seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and utilizing public transit is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.