posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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
Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save
an average of more than $9,823 annually by downsizing to one
"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
12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day
WHERE: Coast RTA's Conway
Terminal, Myrtle Beach Transfer Center, Georgetown Transfer Center
and transit agencies nationwide
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.