DUMP THE PUMP
SAVE MONEY. RIDE TRANSIT
FREE RIDES ALL DAY
JUNE 21, 2012
With the economic recession slowly winding down and with high unstable gas prices, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems through Pennsylvania and the nation to participate in the seventh annual “Dump the Pump Day” on Thursday, June 21st. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump The Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit”.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) with cooperation of the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA) 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 $3.00 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money. Beyond the economic benefits we can also reduce our dependence on foreign oil, protect our environment, and enhance our quality of life.
“Public transportation has an important role to play in the energy and environmental debate”, Mr. Stanley Strelish, Executive Director, stated. “If you leave your car behind to take the LCTA transportation network, you will be helping to reduce America’s dependence on oil, and aid in the combat of climate change”.
The LCTA, as do all public transportation systems, plays a significant role in finding smart solutions to the challenges facing America today. “The Luzerne County Transportation Authority has invested in environmentally friendly vehicles such as the eight (8) diesel-electric hybrids already in service and seven (7) more diesel-electric buses to be placed in service in December. The hybrids can be up to 40% more efficient than conventional diesel buses. We’re doing our part; please help our country by doing your part. Try the bus on Dump the Pump Day” said Mr. Strelish.
“By participating in Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used the LCTA system will decide to give us a try instead of driving their car”, said Mr. Strelish. “We’ll be welcoming new riders, and thanking our regular riders as we offer this special service on national Dump the Pump Day”.
On Thursday, June 21st, as you board the bus you will be given a “FREE” One Day Pass. The pass is good for unlimited use all day (Dump the Pump Day) for all schedule routes in the LCTA service system.
“With high, unstable gas prices, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation”, said Mr. Strelish. “Try us, you may like the quiet, comfortable, relaxing ride in one of our new hybrid buses, deciding to use the LCTA system more often; leaving your car home”.
As America seeks solutions for today’s energy and economic challenges, public transportation is a significant step.