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Published on June 5th, 2013 | by James Ayre


National Dump The Pump Day On June 20th — Take Public Transportation!

June 5th, 2013 by  

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.

Image Credit: Link Light Rail via Wikimedia Commons

Image Credit: Link Light Rail via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Full details:

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

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • Marion Meads

    “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”

    I truly doubt this! Our bus fare costs more than the cost of gasoline used for the same destination. Maybe, the same Tesla voodoo accounting was used to come up with the $9,800 a year number. For example, if you include the price of parking in the calculation, then that alone could be $9,800 per year. But my parking in my workplace is literally free.

    • arne-nl

      A car costs more than just the gasoline.

      • Marion Meads

        And the public transportation are heavily subsidized. Even if we factor the Total Cost to Operate, it would be cheaper to use cars in many places in California than the public transpo, the car manufacturers have lobbied hard so that this will be the case. With the coming of EV’s and the prices going down, the TCO of EV cars should come down below the TCO of gas cars.

        If you carpool, the TCO for cars would be smaller than your bus fares, in almost all cases.

        • arne-nl

          If you want to see the whole picture, then count the many hidden subsidies for the car.

          Countless roads paid out of property and income taxes. ‘free’ parking (as in ‘free to use’, not ‘costless to provide’), lost productivity from smog related illnesses and noise, lost lives from traffic accidents. Also one of those blind spots that many motorists have.

          And ‘if’ you carpool. ‘If’ is wishful thinking. ‘If’ doesn’t count, ‘If’ the moon was made of green cheese.

          How many people carpool? Not many, because if they didn’t mind sharing their vehicle with a stranger, they would probably take the bus.

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