tell a friend today: dump the pump tomorrow

Good morning, fellow DART riders.

Tomorrow is Dump the Pump Day, when DART and transit agencies around Iowa and across the nation remind the public at large of mass transit as an alternative to driving cars.

So, whatever your reasons for riding the bus, share them with a friend or two today and suggest they give the bus a try tomorrow.

This is the fifth incarnation of Dump the Pump Day, and the American Public Transportation Association is armed with facts on the public benefits of mass transit. Here’s a handful:

  • Access to bus and rail lines reduces driving by 4,400 miles per household annually.
  • Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 646 million hours in travel time and 398 million gallons of fuel annually in congestion reduction alone.
  • Without public transportation, congestion costs would have been an additional $13.7 billion.
  • Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually — equivalent to New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.
  • One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.