GATRA announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the Ninth Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) the 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were just $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.
In addition to saving money, riding the public bus can also improve your health. According to a report published by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in February 2015, public transit users are more active. In fact, individuals who use public transportation get over three times the amount of physical activity per day of those who don’t (approximately 19 minutes, rather than six minutes) by walking to stops and final destinations.
In honor of Dump the Pump Day, GATRA is offering FREE Ride Passes for all passengers who ride the bus on Thursday, June 18. The free passes may be obtained on the buses and will be valid for one free ride on the GATRA bus system from June 18 through June 22.
In addition to participating in the annual Dump the Pump Day, GATRA also partners with MassRIDES and NuRide to offer riders rewards for choosing healthier and “greener” transportation options. NuRide, the country’s largest commuter rewards program, was developed to encourage people to make greener trips and earn rewards. From taking the GATRA bus, to walking, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, and even telecommuting, this program offers individuals the opportunity to receive points that can be accumulated and then redeemed for retail discounts, restaurant coupons, and tickets to shows and attractions.