National Campaign Encourages People to Save Money, Ride Transit June 17

National Campaign Encourages People to Save Money, Ride Transit June 17

With the economic recession still in effect and gas prices creeping up, the San Mateo County Transit District, which operates SamTrans bus service and Caltrain, is joining with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the Fifth Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 17.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association the 2010 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. SamTrans and Caltrain are supporting the effort by posting the Dump the Pump countdown on their Websites and running ads in local newspapers. Caltrain representatives also will hand out Dump the Pump fact sheets at the San Francisco station.

The oil spill in the Gulf has put the importance of helping America to be energy independent into sharp focus. Taking public transportation is one way an individual can help reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. For more information on how taking public transportation is an investment in American independence, click here.

According to APTA, public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day. On the Peninsula, Caltrain riders save 27,000 gallons of fuel every weekday while SamTrans riders, who typically travel shorter distances, save 4,500 gallons.

Not only does public transportation increase energy independence, people who ride public transportation save on average $9,293 a year. The Transit Savings Report, released monthly by APTA, calculates the average annual and monthly savings for public transit users. The report examines how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

For help with trip planning on SamTrans or Caltrain, call 1-800-660-4287.

Media Contact: Christine Dunn, 650.508.6238