Mark your calendars! June 16, 2011 marks the 6th annual National Dump the Pump Day in the United States.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) have partnered with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to raise awareness for the impact of gas consumption. National Dump the Pump Day encourages Americans to leave their cars behind and take public transportation.
According to APTA, an average two-person household can save $10,000 each year by downsizing to one car and supplementing their daily travel with public transit. By taking buses, trains and light rails instead of driving, a single commuter reduces their household’s carbon emissions by 10%.
Across the U.S., public transportation cuts 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually and saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline. It also eases traffic congestion. A 2009 report showed that public transit saved riders 785 million hours in travel time.
To promote National Dump the Pump Day, many cities are offering free or reduced transit fares throughout the day. Check your local transit authority to see if special promotions are available in your area.
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