With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, El Metro Transit announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the fifteenth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 17. “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit “said Council Member Vanessa Perez. “Take advantage of the opportunity to ride the bus for free, so find somewhere to go this Sunday.”
The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” On Sunday, June 27, 2021, all El Metro Bus Route along with El Lift services will be free of charge to the public all day; this to allow the public, in general, to try transit and experience public transportation. Everyone is encouraged to try El Metro and connect to any destination “El Metro invites all residents to try El Metro with the entire family” said Claudia San Miguel, El Metro’s General Manager “Take a trip downtown or to your favorite leisure destination free of charge”.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2021 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,823 annually by downsizing to one car.
This initiative promotes public transportation, reduces the environmental impact of car dependency, and overall improves the quality of life of residents. Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.
For more information, please contact El Metro’s Customer Service Department at 956-795-2280.