‘Dump the Pump’ Day, happening on June 15, 2017, is a day that encourages people across the country to utilize public transportation rather than driving. This year marks the 12th year of the event, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which aims to highlight the benefits of utilizing public transit over driving.
By ‘dumping the pump’ for a day, people can realize the benefits of using public transit, including saving money. As gas prices rise, public transit shines as an economical way to get around. According to APTA’s June Transit Savings Report, a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save on average $9,700 a year.
In Missouri, two cities are offering free rides to celebrate ‘Dump the Pump’ Day. City Utilities in Springfield, Missouri and St. Joseph Transit in St. Joseph, Missouri will both offer free rides to passengers on June 15th with the hope of introducing public transportation to those who may not already use it.
Along with the financial savings riders can see by utilizing public transit over driving, public transportation also benefits the community. Public transit helps communities grow and prosper by bringing development and businesses to the area. For example, studies show that for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is gained in economic returns.
For more information on the benefits of using public transportation, view APTA’s Fact Sheet here.