Second Annual “Dump The Pump” Event To Benefit The Environment

With environmental concerns on everyone’s mind, Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the Second Annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 21, 2007. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2007 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to help improve the environment and to conserve gasoline.

U.S. public transportation systems promote a healthier environment by reducing smogproducing pollutants and greenhouses gases when compared to private vehicle usage. Public transportation produces nearly 50 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) per passenger mile than private vehicles. And U.S. public transportation systems save 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline annually, the equivalent of 108 million cars filling up in a year.

“Public transportation plays a vital role in improving our environment,” said Ken Hamm, Director of Transportation. “On June 21, people can make a difference by riding public transportation and encouraging their friends and family to do so, too.”

Residents are invited to join the FAX Gas Busters Cycling Team lead by Ken Hamm, and FAX Planning Manager, John Downs, by commuting to work via bicycles and FAX buses.

For more information the public may call 621- RIDE.

CONTACT: Public Affairs Office, (559) 621-7777

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