Dump the Pump Day

June 15, 2017

On Thursday, June 15, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will join the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Bus in celebrating the 12th annual Dump the Pump Day, a national initiative that promotes the benefits of public transportation and encourages commuters to leave their cars at home.

Started by the American Public Transportation Alliance (APTA) in June 2006, Dump the Pump Day promotes public transit as a convenient travel option that:

  • Saves riders money – On average, a two-person household in the RTA region can save more than $11,000 annually by downsizing to one car.
  • Fosters economic growth – Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
  • Reduces the carbon footprint – Public transportation use in the United States reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
  • Decreases gasoline consumption – Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
  • Enhances personal opportunity – Access to public transportation gives people options to commute to work, school and more.
During morning rush hour on June 15, Cubic Transportation Systems, the developer of the Ventra™ fare payment system, will offer a free cup of coffee at three transit locations as a thank you to transit riders who show a Ventra Card, the Ventra mobile app or Metra ticket, while supplies last.

Read the RTA’s news release to learn more about the initiative and how you can participate.

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