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South Florida Commuters Encouraged to Pledge to Ride Transit as Part of National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21

South Florida Commuters Encouraged to Pledge to Ride Transit as Part of National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21

Local transit agencies offer chance to win monthly transit passes

Recognizing our challenging economic times and the need for people to reduce living costs, Broward County Transit, Palm Tran, Miami-Dade Transit, South Florida Commuter Services, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail and Florida Department of Transportation are working together to promote the benefits of public transportation in honor of National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. South Florida residents are encouraged to make a pledge to join millions of commuters across the country who will ride public transportation and be automatically entered to win a monthly transit pass.

“One of the best benefits of riding public transportation is the amount of money you can save,” said James Udvardy, project director of South Florida Commuter Services. “Dump the Pump Day is a great opportunity for people to explore South Florida’s commuter options and see how easy it is to save money on their daily commute to work, school or wherever life takes you.”

As part of this effort, South Florida’s local transit agencies are offering a great incentive to encourage the use of public transportation on June 21. Commuters who visit www.1800234RIDE.com and make the pledge to ride public transit on June 21 will be automatically entered to win a monthly pass on Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit, Palm Tran or Tri-Rail.

“There is great value in public transportation, so we just have to communicate this to the public,” said Lili Finke, chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) marketing committee. “It is our goal to encourage more people to try public transportation on this day, and consider integrating it into their daily routine.”

Whether riding the bus or train, public transit options in South Florida are endless. Commuters can even try Broward Country Transit’s Express Bus Service on I-95 or the new routes along I-595 as a convenient way to travel to Downtown Miami, the Civic Center or Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Riders can also hop on Miami-Dade Transit’s I-95 Dade-Broward Express buses, providing service between Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Palm Tran’s Route 95 Commuter Express also provides service from Martin County to Palm Beach County.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2012 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a 2- person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

To make your pledge or plan your trip using public transit on June 21, call South Florida Commuter Services at 1-800-234- RIDE or visit www.1800234RIDE.com.

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