posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
On Thursday, June 21, Coast RTA will join with a
host of fellow public transportation systems nationwide to
participate in the 13th Annual National Dump the Pump
Day. The slogan for this year's National Dump the Pump Day is "Dump
the Pump. Ride Public Transit."
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association
(APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that
encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them
where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Started in
June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day
emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option
that also helps people save money. According to the June APTA
Transit Savings Report, an individual can save an average of
more than $10,160 annually switching from driving to using public
transportation for the daily commute. And, individuals in a
two-person household can save an average of more than $9,894
annually by downsizing to one car.
Public transportation systems are a very important part of the
economic health in their communities. In fact, a 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.
"At Coast RTA, we're promoting APTA's Annual Dump the Pump Day
as an opportunity to thank our current passengers as well as to
educate and welcome new passengers. It highlights the benefits that
public transportation brings to individuals and communities," said
Coast RTA General Manager/CEO Brian Piascik. "We all win when we
use public transportation."
"Public transportation allows people to be productive
contributors in the community when they cannot afford to own and or
maintain a vehicle of their own," states Melissa Bilka, Director of
Human Resources, Brittain Resorts & Hotels. "It is vital to our
business as many of our associates rely on it to get to and from
13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day
WHERE: Coast RTA's Conway
Terminal, Myrtle Beach Transfer Center, Georgetown Transfer Center
and transit agencies nationwide
June 21, 2018
Coast RTA's Dump the Pump Activities.
Coast RTA's participation in Dump the Pump includes inviting key
community leaders to ride; distributing transit facts to passengers
and residents through its transfer centers; providing "I support
public transportation!" stickers to passengers; and, handing out
Coast RTA coloring books to the younger riders. In addition, lucky
passengers, who find aDump the Pump with Coast RTAflier under their
seats, will win value passes(Value passes will range $3-$20 with
one pass awarded per winner. Passes are not transferable nor
redeemable for cash value.). Beginning, June 18, passengers also
have an opportunity to register to win passes at the Myrtle Beach
Transfer Center and the Conway Terminal for a $25 Value Pass.
During the week leading up to June 21, Coast RTA will post select
benefits of public transportation on its social media channels
throughout the week.