From a press release
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans will join with other public transportation agencies around the nation in celebrating the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 15. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” It is estimated that more than 150 transportation agencies around the country take part in this annual event.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, 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.
According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,700 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 generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.