Today Is National “Dump The Pump Day”


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When I was laid off from a corporate job last Fall, I decided that my next gig would be much closer to home – hence the creation of LOL Dudez and the B-Town Blog.

My current commute is just a hair over one mile, which is great compared to the previous trek to Tacoma, which was 30+ miles each way.

Of course, I’d still like to save gas and money (anyone want to donate a Prius? I’ll give you tons of publicity…), and if it wasn’t for some kids who need rides to things like “school” and “soccer” I’d walk or ride a bike (okay, there is a rather large and lengthy hill in the way, but still…).

And that’s one reason why today, June 19th, is a special day – it’s National “Dump The Pump Day,” sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.

Households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation.

According to a new study prepared by ICF International and titled “Broadening the Connection between Public Transportation and Energy Conservation,” public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.

So…leave your car behind today, hop on a bus and do some good, will ya?

More info here.

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