TOPEKA, KAN. – On June 21, 2018, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by APTA, the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is to encourage people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Dump the Pump began in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon. Topeka Metro will be offering FREE rides all day on June 21st on all fixed route buses.
According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $816 per month. However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns. So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!
Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy said that gas prices are on the rise again nationwide. “A year ago, the average for regular gas in Topeka was 52 cents a gallon less than the current average, which is $2.63 per gallon. That savings can add up for a lot of city travelers,” said Duffy. “Take a break from dealing with traffic, save your money and your gas and let us do the driving for you on June 21.”
For more information, call Topeka Metro customer service at 783-7000, or visit www.topekametro.org.