More than 135 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day today.  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), this national public awareness day encourages people to “Dump the Pump” by parking their car and riding a bus or train instead. The tag line is:  Dump the Pump. Ride Transit.

First started in June 2006, this national day highlights public transportation as a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the June APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,700 annually by downsizing to one car and using public transit instead.

“Public transportation systems in communities all over the country are participating in Dump the Pump Day,” said APTA Acting President and CEO Richard A. White. “It’s a great opportunity for the public transit systems to encourage new riders to give public transportation a chance, while also thanking current riders.”

People should check with their local transit system to find out what kinds of activities are happening in their community. Click on the following links to see the public transit systems and public and private organizations that are participating in National Dump the Pump Day on June 15.

“National Dump the Pump Day organizations promote the many benefits that public transportation provides to individuals and their communities,” said White. “Besides individual financial savings, public transportation is a catalyst for economic growth.”

From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a cornerstone of our nation’s economy and local economies.  Every dollar invested in public transportation returns four dollars in economic benefits to the community.  Additionally, public transportation is an essential factor in creating an economically competitive community that attract new companies, offering new job opportunities to residents.

Public transportation systems are promoting National Dump the Pump Day in a variety of ways. At least 35 public transit systems are offering free and discounted rides to make it easy for people to try public transportation. Several public transit systems are advertising through print and radio and numerous transit systems are promoting it on social media, including the twitter hashtag #dumpthepump.  Below are some examples of other ways public transportation systems are celebrating National Dump the Pump Day.

Learn How to Ride the Bus 
GoTriangle (Research Triangle Park, NC) employees showcase their rap skills as they perform the song Ride the Bus, which was written by a GoTriangle employee.  This video is being launched for Dump the Pump Day to reach out to people who haven’t tried GoTriangle.  Enjoy!

Riders Will Enjoy Free Coffee
•Public transit riders in Chicago are enjoying free coffee at select transit locations thanks to Cubic Transportation Systems who is partnering with the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus.  For more information, go to #DumpthePumpChi
Capital Area Transportation Authority (Lansing, MI) riders who complete and log three transit trips (June 12-18) on CATA’s website are able to receive a $5 Biggby Coffee gift card.
Monterey-Salinas Transit (Monterey, CA) will offer riders coffee and donuts.

Contests and Giveaways
Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Antioch, CA) is encouraging people to “dump the pump” as transit prize crews board buses to give away prizes to riders.  Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (Peoria, IL) will also surprise passengers with prizes who are riding the bus.
The Coast RTA (Conway, SC) is providing value passes for those lucky riders who find a Dump the Pump flier under their bus seats.
•Several public transit systems across the country are holding photo contests in which people send in photos of themselves “Dumping the Pump” as they ride on buses and trains.  By sharing selfies, they are entered into a drawing.  Some of the systems holding photo contests are as follows: Alexandria Transit Company (Alexandria, VA); Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (Charleston, SC); and Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (Flagstaff, AZ).
•Brad Miller, CEO of Pinellas Suncoast Transit (St. Petersburg, FL) will be riding the bus not only on Dump the Pump Day, but also, for the rest of the month.  Riders are encouraged to talk to him about the system, and take a photo with him for entry into a drawing for a gift card.
•In Fort Wayne, Indiana, riders will be eligible to win a Citilink pass by sending a photo and their views on the benefits of public transit to Citilink’s Facebook page.​

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  

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