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Tuesday, June 02 2015

Ride FRTA for Free on June 18th!

Adapted from a Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) press release:

With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide and participate in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18th, by providing free, fixed route, service on that day.  This is especially appropriate given that the slogan of this year’s event is “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Dump the Pump Day 2015 is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to get where they need to go, instead of driving a car.  Started in June 2006, when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this observance emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a 2 person household can save an average of more than $9,394 annually by downsizing to 1 car.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

For more information about the FRTA, and National Dump the Pump Day, please contact Tina Cote, FRTA Administrator at (413) 774-2262 x104.