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Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Valley Metro Asks Residents to Dump the Pump on June 20

As part of the national campaign to reduce fuel consumption by riding public transit, Valley Metro is asking local residents to consider dumping the pump on Thursday, June 20.

“Light rail and bus service are playing a more significant role in our daily lives, especially for Valley residents,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Ongoing demand and ridership increases demonstrate that people are finding the immediate cost-savings and convenience of transit very appealing.”

Anyone who pledges to dump the pump will be entered to win a Kindle Fire. As part of the pledge, participants will provide the location they are commuting from as a way to encourage friendly competition among Valley cities. Pledge online today through June 20 by clicking here.

Click here to download a Dump the Pump poster.

Two events are occurring as a way to encourage local residents to dump the pump on June 20.

June 19; 6 to 8 a.m.

Media Event                    
Corner of Central & Camelback      
Visuals/interviews: costumed gas  
pumps, benefits of dumping the      
pump                                        

June 20; 6 to 8 a.m.

Three Rider Appreciation Events
Glendale Park-and-Ride
Central Station
Superstition Springs Transit Center
Riders will enjoy costumed gas pumps, breakfast snacks, stickers and scratcher cards.

This is the eighth annual Dump the Pump campaign, initiated by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Last year, more than 140 transit agencies across the nation participated by offering various incentives to use public transit instead of drive.

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 calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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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