National Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 15
RIVERSIDE, CA — June 7, 2017 — Leave your gas-guzzler at home and ride the bus on Thursday, June 15. That’s the message the Riverside Transit Agency is spreading for Dump the Pump Day, a national event on June 15 that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money and help the environment.
To sweeten the deal, RTA’s street team will provide giveaways and a limited number of free 1-Day passes at Riverside City Hall at the corner of Main and 9th streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While there, members of the public can step inside a brand-new RapidLink bus, which will launch this fall with express service between Corona and Riverside.
“Dump the Pump Day is a great incentive for people to try out the bus, even if it’s just for the day,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “Whether it’s to save money, reduce stress or help the environment, there’s never been a better time to ride.”
Indeed, there has never been a better time to catch the bus.
RTA is currently offering several incentives to ride: This summer, students in grades 1-12 can ride for a quarter. Plus, RTA’s Beach Bus kicks off June 12 with express service from Murrieta and Temecula to Oceanside. Meanwhile, hundreds of college students continue to get unlimited bus rides thanks to the Go-Pass and U-Pass programs at California Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and University of California at Riverside. City of Riverside employees ride for free and City of Riverside residents get substantial discounts on 7 and 30 Day bus passes.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the annual event began in 2006 when national gas prices hit then-record levels. Today, the average price for regular unleaded fuel in the Inland area is roughly $3
a gallon, up slightly from this time last year. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, a commuter who ditches their car in favor of public transportation saves roughly $9,000 a year.