Third Annual National Dump The Pump To Be Held On June 19th

Take Public Transportation to Save Money and Save the Planet

With high gas prices on everyone’s mind, the City of Fresno, Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day on June 19. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.

“Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices,” said Ken Hamm, Director of Transportation. “If gas prices are too high for you, then “dump the pump” and take a bus on June 19.”

Households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation.

“Public transportation also has an important role to play in helping to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Ken Hamm. “If you leave your car behind to take public transportation, you will be helping to combat climate change.”

According to a new study prepared by ICF International and titled Broadening the Connection between Public Transportation and Energy Conservation, public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually, equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.

“By participating in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used FAX will decide to give us a try instead of driving their car,” said Ken Hamm. “We will welcome new riders and thank our regular riders on National Dump the Pump Day.

For more information, the public may call 621-RIDE.