Tomorrow, June 21, 2012, public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. What a great opportunity for you to give the transit system in St. Louis a try for work or play.
In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money. Let us know how you plan to dump the pump this year by posting your commute on this blog, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on CMT’s Facebook page. The most creative commute submitted will receive a FREE Monthly Transit Pass for July ($72 value) - now tell us that is not a great way to dump the pump for more than one day!
Today, a regular transit commuter from Chesterfield, gave us his story -
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I cannot dump the pump because I never use a pump because I don’t own a car. Tomorrow I plan to attend class at Wash. U. by taking the #91 & #2, or the #258 & the Blue train, from my parents’ house in Chesterfield, depending on what time I get moving. In case I go out at night, I’ll use the on-line trip planner and the maps I’ve downloaded to my smart phone to chart a course, and in case I stay out after the last bus/train, I’ll take a cab. That’s right, I’m not allergic to cabs–they’re cheaper than owning a car. All the best, Nick Weil
Another commuter from Richmond Heights sent us this note this morning, "I"ll be attending a Missouri Chamber Music Festival concert at the First Congregational Church in Webster Groves, taking the #59 Metrobus from Richmond Heights. I'll have late lunch at one of the many restaurants in WG. How serendipitous to have planned this for such a propitious day!"
Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The latest American Public Transit Association Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – about $10,000 a year. In addition, public transit attracts economic development, provides access and mobility for many St. Louisans, supports 'green' initiatives, and so much more.
To find a route that works for your for work or play, visit www.google.com under maps, select the transit icon and find out how easy it is go by Metro. For additional information on routes, you can visit www.metrostlouis.org.
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