The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

Phoenicians dump the pump

Valley Metro buses are a great source of public transportation that give patrons an easy way to get around Phoenix while saving money on gas prices.  Photo by Olivia Rendond

Valley Metro buses are a great source of public transportation that give patrons an easy way to get around Phoenix while saving money on gas prices.
Photo by Olivia Rendon

Phoenix citizens leave their cars at home and take public transportation for Dump the Pump Day.

By Gabriella Bachara

Thursday, June 19 marks the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day.

“Dump the Pump Day is a good way to encourage people to try an alternative mode of transportation for the first time,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta.

The point of Dump the Pump Day is to show patrons that public transportation is a great way to save money on gas.

“More and more people are using public transportation to save money in light of high and volatile gas prices,” said Michael Melaniphy, American Public Transportation Association President and CEO. “With gas prices rising, public transit systems across the country are promoting National Dump the Pump Day on June 19 and are encouraging people to ride public transit.”

According to APTA, having only one car in a two-person household can save more than $10,000 per year.

Ditching a personal vehicle for public transportation or a carpool helps not only one’s wallet but also the ecosystem.

“On top of individual financial savings, public transportation spurs economic growth for towns and cities, and also improves the environment and reduces our nation’s energy consumption,” Melaniphy said .

According to APTA, the use of public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year.

Mayors and council members will be visiting park-and-rides placed throughout the Phoenix metro area on Thursday morning.

“I am thrilled to support this national effort to reduce fuel consumption and I encourage others to try alternative modes of transportation,” said councilman Bill Gates.

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