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June 18, 2013

Eighth Annual Dump the Pump Day June 20

Patti Beck
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

St. Louis, MO With the return of high gas prices, Metro transit announced today it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”

WHAT: 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE: Select Metro Transit Centers*

WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2013 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving their cars. This national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.

Saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,700 annually by downsizing to one car. Find out how much you can save by putting your information into the fuel saving calculator at www.metrostlouis.org.

Metro employee ambassadors will be at select Metro Transit Centers during the Thursday morning commute thanking transit customers and handing out Dump the Pump bookmarks. *The locations are: Riverview Hall MetroBus Transit Center, Shrewsbury Lansdowne I-44, Brentwood I-64, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Clayton, Fairview Heights, North Hanley, Central West End and Civic Center Transit Centers.

On Thursday afternoon from 4-6 p.m., “Tony Transit” Patrico from KPNT 105.7 FM The Point will ride MetroLink giving away $50 Visa gift cards and other prizes donated by Citizens For Modern Transit (CMT). To be eligible for one of the prizes, passengers must follow Tony on Twitter @PatricoWAR.

Patti Beck, Metro’s Director of Communications is available in advance for taped interviews. She will be at the Civic Center MetroLink/MetroBus Station at 1413 Spruce Street from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on June 20—available for live or taped interviews. Please 314-982-1440 or 314-486-9091 to schedule an interview.

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 374 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 121 vans.

BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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