Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money. In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money. Since gas prices reached $4 or more this year, saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.
- In 2011, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation.
- 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
- Public transportation is a $55 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
- More than 7,300 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint
- 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.
- A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 per- cent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car.
The Franklin Transit Authority will join other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in National Dump the Pump Day this Thursday by offering free rides on all Franklin fixed transit routes on Thursday, June 19.
For more information, go to www.apta.com.