DENVER (CBS4) – Denver’s Regional Transportation District is taking part in the 11th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday and encouraging commuters to ride transit.
The slogan for this year’s day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” The designated day suggests people utilize public transportation for getting where they need to go, instead of driving a car.READ MORE: Five-Lane Configuration Opens On Peña Blvd. Approaching DIA
It began in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 a gallon. The national day highlights buses and trains as a convenient travel option that helps save money. According to the American Public Transportation Association, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car.READ MORE: Jeffrey Hiers Accused Of Punching, Choking Southwest Employee On DIA Concourse Train
Public transit also contributes to the local economy it is part of, and the APTA says every $1 invested generates $4 in economic returns.MORE NEWS: 'She'd Scream & Fight': Olivia Gant's Grandfather Demands Answers, Prepares For Lawsuit
Mass transit in place of individual vehicles can also help reduce pollution.