Gas Prices Bump Transit Rider Savings to New Highs, Commuters Look to “Dump the Pump” on June 21 and Try Public Transit

For Immediate Release     

June 12, 2018



Rich Farr

Capital Area Transit



Bob Philbin

Capital Area Transit



Tim Beckwith

Commuter Services of Pennsylvania

1-866-579-RIDE (7433)



Gas Prices Bump Transit Rider Savings to New Highs, Commuters Look to “Dump the Pump” on June 21 and Try Public Transit 





Harrisburg – Summer’s here and there’s never been a better time to hop on a big blue Capital Area Transit (CAT) bus and save money —  lots of money this summer.  Gasoline prices are on the rise, prompting more people to participate in this year’s annual Dump the Pump Day on June 21.  Public transportation agencies nationwide will be encouraging commuters to try public transit and reduce their monthly commuting expenses and ultimately eliminate more cars from congested areas.

The average auto savings for a CAT rider has reached about $10,900 a year, including the current national average gas price ($2.94 per gallon, by AAA), and an average unreserved monthly parking rate of $200 in Harrisburg.

Over the course of a year parking costs can amount to $2,400 and this is on top of an average cost per car of $8,500 including gas, according to AAA estimates. 

About 85% of all CAT riders walk to and from a Bus Stop and destination without using a car. That’s a total of 1.9 million bus rides per year who will not drive a car into the City of Harrisburg or surrounding suburbs, saving money, easing congestion and helping preserve the natural beauty of the region.

 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation, perhaps for the first time, instead of driving a car.  Started in June 2006, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.

According to the June national Transit Savings Report​​​​, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,160 annually by downsizing to one car. The consumer savings in the Harrisburg area is actually higher at $10,900 per year per CAT rider who doesn’t own a car.  About 50% of CAT riders in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties do not own cars.

CAT has joined with Commuter Service of Pennsylvania to encourage transit ridership by co-sponsoring a Dump the Pump Selfie Photo contest with free monthly passes and other prizes provided to the winning photographers. 

Commuter Service of Pennsylvania staff will be at the Harrisburg downtown transit center on the afternoon of June 21, 2018 to host the selfie photo contest.  Riders are encouraged to join in the fun and win free passes and other prizes.

A transit savings comparison between Harrisburg and other cities looks like this:

   City           Annual Savings (Estimated)

 New York              $14,969

San Francisco       $13,531

Philadelphia          $12,184

Harrisburg          $10,900

Portland               $10,886

Minneapolis          $10,631

Denver                 $10,451

Baltimore              $10,430

Washington, DC   $10,178

Pittsburgh            $10,053


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 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region.


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