June 21, 2010
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NRDC, Sierra Club Help APTA ‘Dump the Pump’
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Sierra Club are partnering with APTA for the fifth annual observance of National Dump the Pump Day on June 17. The day’s activities provide public awareness of the benefits of public transportation, which include saving money and promoting energy independence.
Deron Lovaas, federal transportation policy director for NRDC, linked this year’s event to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Preventing future national tragedies like the Gulf spill requires moving America beyond oil, and Dump the Pump Day reminds us that public transportation options such as trains and buses are important tools for driving down our dangerous dependence,” he said.
Ann Mesnikoff, green transportation campaign director for the Sierra Club, added: “Taking transit this Thursday and every day after is something we all can do in response to the BP oil disaster. Public transportation is key to ending our dependence on oil and reducing our global warming pollution.”
More than 100 public transportation systems are participating in National Dump the Pump Day activities this year, such as offering free or reduced rides; holding contests with giveaways such as free transit passes; and spreading the word through social media. Proclamations have been issued, including one from Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.
The next issue of Passenger Transport will include a roundup of Dump the Pump events.