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RIPTA CELEBRATES NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

June 19, 2012

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the seventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21, 2012. 

As part of the celebration, RIPTA staff will distribute coffee and baked goods in Kennedy Plaza to morning commuters on Thursday, June 21st from 7:00am to 10:00am.  Commuters will also receive Dump the Pump t-shirts to commemorate the event.

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.

Since gas prices reached $4 or more this year, 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.  

For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400.