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RIPTA CELEBRATES NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY ON THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

June 16, 2014

With the return of high gas prices, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19, 2014.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Save Money.  Ride Transit.”

“Dump the Pump” with RIPTA’s “Beat Traffic, Try Transit” campaign running now through Friday, June 27, 2014. Commuters can take advantage of discounted bus fares from select Park n’ Ride lots across the state as well as free parking at select commuter rail stations.   Commuters also have the option of using RIPTA’s fixed-route service at 50 percent off the regular rate or parking for free at Wickford Junction and T.F. Green Train Stations.  To view the participating Park n’ Ride lots, or for more information on the “Beat Traffic, Try Transit” please call 401-784-9500 ext. 121 or visit www.tryRItransit.com.

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. 

For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com.