The 14th Annual National Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 20. Public Transportation Systems across the United States are celebrating this unique day. The Coles County Council on Aging’s Dial-A-Ride Program will honor this day in a special way.
On Thursday, June 20 the Douglas County Zipline will be free of cost for all riders. That’s right, absolutely free all day.
The Zipline service is a deviated fixed route that offers several stops at specific times in Tuscola and has one stop in Arcola. The Zipline runs Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Annual National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This particular day encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. The first Annual Dump the Pump Day originated in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 dollars per gallon. Public transportation is a convenient travel option that helps people save money.
According to the APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals can save an average of more than $10,134 annually by downsizing to one car per family. Utilizing public transportation does not just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. The APTA states that “for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.”
Public transportation also helps to make a community economically competitive since 87 percent of public transit trips directly impacts the economy. In addition, public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence of foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year and saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
Shockingly, 45 percent of Americans do not have access to public transportation in the communities in which they reside.
Public Transportation is a safer option when it comes to traveling versus traveling by an automobile. A person can reduce their risk of being in an accident by 90 percent by taking public transportation instead of commuting by car. Public transportation, most importantly, helps to improve the quality of life by allowing those, who may not be able to do so otherwise, get to medical appointments, nutrition sites, pharmacies, employment/educational facilities, or to visit a family member or friend.
Please join us in the effort to support National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20 by utilizing public transportation. Dial-A-Ride serves Coles and Douglas counties. For questions, concerns, or to schedule a ride please call Dial-A-Ride’s dispatch office at 1-800-500-5505 or visit www.dialaridetransit.org for more information.