Ditching your car for a single day might not make a big difference in the big picture, but the annual Dump the Pump Day event still functions as a marketing tool to encourage drivers to reconsider their options once per year.
Since 2006, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has been asking commuters all over the country to take public transit to work, to school or for other types of errands or chores. According to data compiled in APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save roughly $10,000 per year by downsizing from one car to two and switching to public transit commuting. APTA also touts that public transportation use in the US saves roughly 4.2 billion gallons of gas on an annual basis.
This Thursday, June 21st, the the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will be celebrating the 7th Annual Dump the Pump Day locally. Swing by the corner of Broad & High Streets between 11am and 1pm to enter to win a Kindle Fire, grab a “Dump the Pump” sticker that will save 50 cents off a cup of coffee at Café Brioso and more.
MORPC is also promoting the one-day event in conjunction with their Five Days of Freedom campaign, which runs all summer long, and challenges Central Ohioans to go for five full days without driving alone.
“Rather than asking the community to ditch cars outright, we’re encouraging central Ohioans to reconsider some driving habits and try doubling up on trips and errands, and filling more seats than just the driver’s seat,” said Evelyn Ebert, Air Quality Coordinator at MORPC.
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More information about Dump the Pump Day can be found at www.apta.com.