Coast RTA to Join Dump the Pump Day on June 15

posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Dump the Pump. Ride Coast RTA.

On Thursday, June 15, Coast RTA will join with a host of fellow public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 12th 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 2017 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 April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,823 annually by downsizing to one car.

"When I first moved here 10 years ago, I investigated and found out there was a bus system. I started taking (Coast RTA) more and more because it was more convenient. I try to be green because I know taking public transportation is good for the environment," states Coast RTA passenger Pam Hinrichs. "And, it was very convenient as it went to many of the places I needed to go as far as shopping and things like that. I feel that a lot of citizens probably don't know that the (bus) services are available. I often brag that I took the bus and they're like 'what?'."

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 the 12th 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 work."

WHAT:         12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE:      Coast RTA's Conway Terminal, Myrtle Beach Transfer Center, Georgetown Transfer Center and transit agencies nationwide

WHEN:         Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

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; and, handing out Coast RTA coloring books to the younger riders. In addition, lucky passengers, who find a Dump the Pump with Coast RTA flier under their seats, will win value passes(Value passes will range $3-$25 with one pass awarded per winner.  Passes are not transferable nor redeemable for cash value.). Beginning June 12, Coast RTA will post select benefits of public transportation on its social media channels throughout the week.

For more details, visit Coast RTA's social media pages or call Customer Service at 843.488.0865.

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