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Dump the Pump Day is June 21

Dump the Pump

San Diegans are invited to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21, by riding public transit, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, or biking to work or school, as a way to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will join public transportation groups nationwide to promote the seventh annual event.

In these tough economic times, and with gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, this year’s Dump the Pump Day takes on even more significance. According to the latest Transit Savings Report by the American Public Transportation Association, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car. One person switching to public transit can reduce carbon emissions by 20 pounds per day, or more than 4,800 pounds in a single year.

On Thursday, from 7 to 9 a.m., representatives from MTS and the SANDAG iCommute program will be at the Old Town Transit Center (4009 Taylor St. in San Diego) thanking commuters and informing the public about special promotions for using alternative transportation. NCTD will have a booth at the Oceanside Farmers Market at Coast Highway and Pier View Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Sunset Market on Tremont Street between Mission Avenue and Civic Center Drive from 5 to 9 p.m., where people can stop by to “Sign the Pledge to Save.”

Special Dump the Pump promotions are available this month:

• Those who pledge to Dump the Pump and log their alternative commute trips in the iCommute TripTracker tool from June 18 to 30 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Albertsons grocery card. An alternative commute includes taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, and teleworking.

• Those who sign up to lease a van through an iCommute vanpool vendor before June 30 will get a special discount. For new vanpools, Enterprise Rideshare will take $100 off the first month’s lease and VPSI-vRide will take 50 percent off the first month’s lease. Qualifying vanpools also are eligible for up to $400 per month to help offset the cost of the lease.

• Those who stop by the MTS booth at the Old Town Transit Center to play “Ring-Around-The-Gas-Can” and pledge to Dump the Pump will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Best Buy gift card or a July MTS Monthly Pass.

For more information about Dump the Pump Day, call 511 and say “iCommute” or visit “What’s New” at iCommuteSD.com.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.