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Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Dump the Pump Day is June 18

PHOENIX, AZ – A record 176 cities across the U.S. will be “dumping the pump” on Thursday, June 18 to show support of using public transportation instead of driving. Valley Metro is encouraging drivers to save money, time and stress by taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, bicycling or walking instead of driving solo.
Dump the Pump
Elected officials from Avondale, Glendale, Surprise, Tempe and Tolleson will be on transit or at transit centers on June 16 to encourage residents to make the pledge to dump the pump on June 18. Transit agencies across Arizona are also encouraging residents to use local transportation systems, including Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma.

“Summertime is a good time to try public transportation. Because many schedules are more flexible, employees can explore an alternative mode to commute to work,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.  “Dump the Pump day is a significant way to make an impact and demonstrate how galvanized support can reduce fuel consumption.”

Public transportation use in the U.S. saves 4.2 billion gallons of gas annually, according to the American Public Transportation Association. In addition, the April APTA Transit Savings Report finds individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,394 annually by downsizing to one car.

Valley residents who pledge to dump the pump will be entered for a chance to win a free iPad. Pledge online at valleymetro.org/dumpthepump through June 18.

To learn more about supporting Dump the Pump day, visit valleymetro.org. Click here to plan your transit trip. Visit sharetheride.com to find a carpool, vanpool or learn about other alternative modes of transportation.




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