With the return of high gas prices, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”
All passengers will ride for free all day on all LCTA fixed route buses.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2014 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.
According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,174 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.