Today is "Dump the Pump" Day, an annual event created by the American Public Transportation Association to bring awareness to the benefits of public transit. Transit agencies across the country are offering free rides, including many in Florida.
"Tired of paying skyrocketing prices when they fill up at the gas station, thousands of South Floridians are letting the county do the driving as they take part in the National Dump the Pump day.
Thursday, Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit, Palm Tran, South Florida Commuter Services and Tri-Rail have teamed up with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the third annual National Dump the Pump Day.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.
"Using public transportation is one of the best alternatives to beat high gas prices," said Bruno Barreiro, chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA). "If gas prices are too high for you, then "dump the pump" and take a bus or a train on June 19."
It has been reported that households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation.