Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.

(Harrisburg, PA) With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, Capital Area Transit (CAT) announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eleventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.” Robert Philbin, CAT spokesperson said today.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.  “That one day alone will reduce pollution and emissions, reduce traffic congestion and save you money,” Philbin said.

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 $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car.  

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. “In fact, according to APTA public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive,” Philbin said.  “Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.“

Capital Area Transit was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized CAT to provide mass transit Fixed-Route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transport about 2.5 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region., follow CAT on Facebook or Twitter at @CATTransit, or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information.  “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows.”


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