Dump the Pump! Ride Public Transit on June 21!

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The 13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day is tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, and we want to encourage you to Dump the Pump and take public transit!

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go instead of driving a car, saving money, stress and helping the environment.

According to the June APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of about $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

When gas prices are high, many people tend to park their cars and take public transportation instead. In fact, using public transportation is one of the best was to beat rising gas prices!

Gasoline prices are expected to reach $3 a gallon as a national average for unleaded gasoline this summer, a four-year high. Tighter supplies, more demand, and the switch to a summer blend of gasoline that is better for the environment are some factors behind a steady rise in fuel prices.

That’s a burden for many workers who are commuting longer distances from the Inland Empire, Northern Los Angeles County and elsewhere where homes are more affordable to jobs in Central Los Angeles and Orange County.

The price of gas is only part of the cost of owning and driving a car. Parking, maintenance, insurance and depreciation also must be considered. In 2017, the Auto Club estimated that it cost $8,469 to drive an average new vehicle 15,000 miles in Southern California.

So be sure to do your part to Dump the Pump and take public transit! Plus, with your Metrolink ticket, you can take advantage of our transit connections for free!

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