With the return of high gas prices, SmartCommute@rtp and GoTriangle, along with public transportation systems nationwide, are encouraging Triangle residents to participate in the seventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2012 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, 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 great travel option that also helps people save money.
With high gas prices, saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.
And this year, GoTriangle is asking Triangle residents to create a video that demonstrates why they’re choosing to break up with their car! Finalists will be announced on Dump the Pump Day, June 21st at 12pm. For more information on the contest, visit http://www.gotriangle.org/go-info/stop-and-go and check out the video below for inspiration!