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Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Ride transit to help Dump the Pump on June 21

Phoenix, AZ (June 14, 2012) Americans are being asked to set aside their car keys on Thursday, June 21 and consider picking up a transit pass instead. In Arizona, transit agencies in metro Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma are holding special events to raise awareness of how using public transit can help combat the pain at the pump.

      “We want transit to be a viable option for those who have a choice in how they travel,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Dump the Pump is a great reason to get out of the daily habit of driving to help reduce travel costs, as well as our nation’s reliance on fuel.”

      Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other local VIPs will join the national Dump the Pump initiative on June 21 by traveling via light rail and tweeting about their trip. They will begin at the Central and Camelback station at approximately 1 p.m. and travel eastbound.

      The national initiative began seven years ago by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) [] as a way to raise awareness of the benefits of using public transit. According to APTA, the economy is still hurting and gas prices are still high, so people need to save money. In their latest Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

      Local residents should tweet @valleymetrorpta or make a post to /valleymetro about their transit or rideshare trip on June 21 to be randomly selected to win gifts card from local businesses. In the west valley, the city of Avondale is asking residents to take a picture of their bus, walk, carpool or bicycle trip and post or tweet it to their social media sites to be entered to win a gift card. 

Local organizations supporting Dump the Pump include Arizona PIRG, Arizona Transit Association (AzTA), Friends of Transit, Sierra Club, Sonoran Institute and WTS (Advancing Women in Transportation).

For more information about Dump the Pump, go to or

Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.


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