National Dump the Pump Day is almost here! On Thursday, June 16, Metro St. Louis and other supporters will encourage motorists to leave their cars at home and take alternative transportation to work, school and play. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2011 National Dump the Pump Day focuses on people riding public transportation and saving money, instead of driving a car. 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.
Now that gas is hovering around $3.50 in Missouri and $3.70 in Illinois around St. Louis, the economic benefits are more poignant. With the monthly pass of $68, taking Metro at least twice a day costs only $1.10 each trip. Add in the cost of a vehicle, maintenance and insurance, and you can see very real cost savings.
What do these savings mean for St. Louis? When you spend money on gasoline instead of going to your local restaurant or seeing a favorite local band, your dollars typically end up out of the region. Currently, the United States consumes more gasoline than South America, Europe, Africa and Asia combined. We now drive more often and further than ever before, and a lot of that money gets sent away from regional economies. When you dump the pump, you aren’t just saving money for yourself. You can put your dollars someplace other than your gas tank, like the small business down the street.
Metro employees are also being asked to take the Dump the Pump Challenge. Look for Metro ambassadors Thursday at MetroLink stations to get your “I Dumped the Pump!” stickers (like “I voted” stickers!). You can also sign up to win a prize for taking public transit and leaving the car at home.
Then on Thursday night, head out to Mojo Tapas on South Grand Avenue for a Carfree Happy Hour: Dump the Pump Version. Presented by Transit Turning Point and Mayor Slay’s Vanguard Cabinet, the happy hour is a great way to meet other transit enthusiasts and enjoy discounted drinks and food, just for dumping the pump!
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Place Mojo Tapas: Bar
MetroBus Lines Served: #30 Soulard; #70 Grand
Street Address: 3117 South Grand
Drink: Tapas Specials for those with Metro passes
Suggested Modes of Transit: bus, bike, unicycle, skateboard, foot
Do you plan to Dump the Pump on June 16? What is your transit story?