The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today that it will join other public transportation systems nationwide in participating in the 12th annual “National Dump the Pump Day” on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Commuters should keep an eye out for RIPTA’s Commuter Resource RI (CRRI) team as they make their way around the state surprising passengers at RIPTA bus stops with prizes. RIPTA is inviting passengers to show their support of public transit by taking a picture of themselves on the bus and then uploading their photos to social media with the hashtag #DumpThePump.
Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national awareness day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. “While gas prices fluctuate, public transit remains an economical, environmentally friendly way to commute,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “We hope our passengers enjoy this ‘Bus Stop Blitz.’ We’d also like to remind people that although supporting public transportation is the main focus of Dump the Pump Day, it’s also a day to focus on other ways of commuting that help reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road — such as carpooling, walking or even telecommuting.”
According to a recent report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,700 annually by downsizing to one car. Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. It is estimated that every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization, according APTA.
Commuter Resource RI, an outreach component of RIPTA, is a program designed to promote commuting alternatives. If anyone is interested in learning more about the resources available to help “dump the pump,” they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit trytransitri.com.
For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com.