For Immediate Release
Monday, June 5, 2017
TWELFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY, JUNE 15
Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit Today.
(Harrisburg, PA) With continued fluctuation of gas prices, Capital Area Transit announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in celebrating the twelfth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 15. The slogan for this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.”
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2017 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation 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, reduces traffic congestion, and reduce carbon pollution in the air. 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.
Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation nationally 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 more than 2 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region. Visit www.cattransit.com, 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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