Dump the Pump and win prizes from the RTA

National Dump the Pump Day is today, and the RTA is providing additional incentives for drivers to leave their cars at home and take public transit — an Amazon Kindle, and a couple of iPods.

Of course, it would have been more useful to get the press release on this event a little earlier in the week, but I’m preaching to the choir here, and the contest extends through Friday’s commute. So you’re good to go to qualify for the prizes. Watch the video and listen to the Bossa Nova music for details.

Here’s the poop from the press release:

National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and promotes using public transportation instead of driving a car as a means to save money and protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions. According to the most recent APTA study based on gas prices in April, a Chicagoan who chooses public transit over car ownership saves an average of $12,192, which is the largest savings in three years. Individuals can calculate their fuel savings.

Research from 2009 shows that public transportation agencies in the U.S. saved citizens in 439 urban areas 785 million hours in travel time and 640 million gallons of fuel. In addition according to APTA, every $1 spent on public transit generates $4 in economic returns, every $1 billion invested creates and supports 36,000 jobs and every $10 billion in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.

I haven’t mentioned Bike to Work week yet, which of course is this week. And I notice that the press release doesn’t mention it either. I wonder why the two groups don’t get together and jointly promote the week to give up your car.

Personally, I gave up my car two years ago. I’ve been commuting via CTA to work for more than 25 years. And I use iGo cars one or two times a month.

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