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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > June 2014 > National Dump The Pump Day

National Dump The Pump Day

Dump the Pump.  Save Money.  Ride Transit.

June 16, 2014  - With the return of high gas prices, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), and Doug Funke, President of Citizens for Regional Transit, offered a preview of the upcoming ‘National Dump the Pump Day’ by issuing a proclamation that declares June 19, 2014 as National Dump The Pump Day in Buffalo. 

“On Dump the Pump day, I encourage city residents and others to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment and improve the quality of life for all people,” said Mayor Brown. 

The ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 19.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Save Money.  Ride Transit.”  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2014 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. 

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “Metro bus and rail play a vital role in helping to reduce harmful emissions by reducing the number of cars on our highways and lessening the cost of transportation for thousands of people in our community each day.  People can help make a difference by riding Metro and encouraging their friends and family to do so as well.”

Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,174 annually by downsizing to one car.  

“Cities across the United States are rediscovering public transportation,” said Doug Funke, President of Citizens for Regional Transit. “Dump the Pump Day is a chance for those who haven't yet discovered the too often hidden benefits of public transportation to give it a try. Instead of sitting in traffic,  read a book during your commute. Dump-the-pump-day is a national event that offers incentives to try public transit. Give it a try! Join us on the bus or light rail!”

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.