Save The Date: Thursday is National Dump the Pump Day

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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Image credit: National Dump the Pump Day presskit

116 comments

Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Miranda.

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Jo Recovering
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Miranda.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S3 years ago

noted

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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin3 years ago

i already use public transit

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Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Already a way of life.

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Janine Hofmann
Janine H6 years ago

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

I walk to work. That is even greener than public transportation, even if it is only half a mile.

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Samantha Hodder
Samantha Hodder6 years ago

thanks

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Ruth R.
Ruth R6 years ago

June 18th 2011 Dump the pump is passed. It would be nice to live in cities where every road was a pretty dirt/gravel path. People could walk and bicycle ride everywhere. The need for the occasional speed vehicle, or a long distance travel to somewhere could be a plug into a solar vehicle.

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