With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day, on Thursday June 15, encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.
Riding public transit is an economical way to save money on fuel and maintenance. The June APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,700 a year.
However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns. Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive. So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!
“For someone who currently doesn’t ride public transportation, participating in the Dump the Pump event is a great start,” said Sun Tran General Manager, Claire Spielberg. “Riding can not only help cut transportation costs but it is also a way for people across the country to make a difference as they conserve gasoline and help our environment.”
“People can make a difference by riding public transportation and encouraging their friends and family to do so, too,” said Sun Link General Manager, Steve Bethel.
Sun Tran offers the following resources to help you Dump the Pump on June 15 and plan your ride:
- Visit www.suntran.com and click the “Plan Your Trip” button at the top
- See how much you could save by riding transit with an easy-to-use commute calculator at http://suntran.com/commuter_calc.php
- Consult the Sun Tran Ride Guide, located on buses, public libraries, local malls and SunGO sales outlets. For a list of sales outlets visit http://suntran.com/fares_buy.php
- For trip planning assistance, call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222. (Persons with hearing and speech impairments with TDD equipment, call 520-628-1565). The Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun Tran provides transportation services in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. The Sun Link streetcar serves the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown Tucson and the Mercado districts. Commuters from outlying communities can ride Sun Express to major employment destinations, and Sun Shuttle service connects passengers in Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Sahuarita & Green Valley, Tucson Estates, San Xavier, Rita Ranch, southeast Tucson and Ajo. Dial-a-Ride service is also available in Oro Valley, Sahuarita and Green Valley.