Dump the Pump Encourages Mass Transit Commutes

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:24pm

EL PASO — A total of 14 free annual and monthly Sun Metro bus passes will be randomly given away as part of the 7th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21.

Sun Metro also will give away 70 day passes to commuters who Park and Ride at the Mission Valley, East Side, Northeast or West Side Transfer Centers. Downtown and Cincinnati commuters also can expand their lunch options by taking advantage of free rides on Route 204 during the lunch hour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2012 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to get out of their personal vehicles and ride public transportation to save money, protect the planet, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and improve our quality of life.

“In this economic climate, saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices,” said Jay Banasiak, Sun Metro director. “That’s why we’re challenging all El Pasoans to join us by dumping the pump on Thursday, June 21.”

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.

An average of 79 percent of El Pasoans drive to work alone and only 11 percent carpool to work, according to a recent U.S. Census survey and a study by the Brookings Institution.

“By participating in Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used Sun Metro will decide to give us a try instead of driving their car,” Banasiak said.

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