Dump the Pump

National Dump the Pump Day is coming up on June 21st. This day, the 7th annual, is sponsored by the American Public Transit Association and is held to get people to think of transit as an alternative to driving.

Here are a few facts about transit from APTA’s website. For more, check out the fact sheet on APTA’s website.

  • More than 7,300 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
  • According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 jobs.
  • Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
  • Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2010 would have risen by nearly $17 billion from $101 billion to $118 billion.
  • Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
  • Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to the emissions resulting from the electricity generated for the use of 4.9 million households or every household in Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined.
  • One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

It’s a good day to start! Call us if you would like to have a Bus Buddy go with you to show you the ropes.

Jan

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