Published on June 5th, 2013 | by James Ayre4
National Dump The Pump Day On June 20th — Take Public Transportation!
The 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day is almost here — on June 20th, make sure that you celebrate the day by taking public transportation! Instead of driving your expensive, pollution-releasing car, take a day off, and remind yourself of the serious advantages of driving less — large monetary savings, better air, a healthier body, and the knowledge that you aren’t contributing so much to the destruction of a livable climate.
National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), as part of a partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The national public transportation awareness day was started 2006 after gas prices soared to $3 a gallon, with the aim of increasing public awareness of the many big trial benefits to taking public transportation.
As per APTA’s most recent Transit Savings Report: The typical household can save, on average, about $9800 dollars a year just by taking public transportation more often, rather than driving.
In 2012, “nearly 150 public transit systems across the country participated in National Dump the Pump Day. Some public transportation systems offered free rides, held contests, provided giveaways as rewards for riders, and partnered with local Sierra Club chapters and businesses to spread the word.”
For any public or private organizations interested in participating, head over to the APTA website and use the 2013 Dump the Pump Toolkit.
WHAT: 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day
WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013
WHERE: Across the country – - in rural, suburban, and urban communities
WHO: Anyone who wants to save money, try something new, reduce pollution, or lower carbon emissions