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Valley Metro is asking local residents to Dump the Pump on Thursday, June 19 by taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, bicycling or walking to work instead of driving alone. It’s part of a national effort by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to help reduce fuel consumption. This year more than 100 transit agencies across the country are taking part.
“We are beginning to see the Valley’s reliance on cars start to lessen as public transportation options increase and people become more concerned with the environment, traffic congestion and the cost of gas,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “Dump the Pump day is a good way to encourage people to try an alternative mode of transportation for the first time.”
Valley residents who pledge to dump the pump will be entered to win a staycation at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Pledge online today through June 19. Click here for the online pledge form. Click here to plan your transit trip. Click here to find a carpool, vanpool or to learn about other alternative modes of transportation.
Valley Metro will also host several Dump the Pump events on Thursday, June 19 to hand out goodies and thank people for dumping the pump.
Thursday, June 19
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.: Shea/SR 51 park-and-ride, Phoenix Councilmember Bill Gates (7 – 7:30 a.m.)
5:30 – 8 a.m.: Glendale park-and-ride, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood (6 – 8 a.m.)
5:30 – 8 a.m.: Sycamore Transit Center, Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh (6:30 a.m.)
To learn more, visit valleymetro.org and join the Dump the Pump conversation with #dumpthepump.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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