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Dump the Pump Roundup

At least 160 public transit agencies and organizations participated in APTA’s 13th annual Dump the Pump Day on June 21.Many held community events to promote public transit ridership, and at least 26 systems offered free rides that day. Here are a few examples of other activities:

* Laketran, Painesville, OH, joined the city and a local radio station for a promotional event to highlight alternative transportation options such as public transportation and biking. The agency noted new Rider Tools are available on its mobile app, including trip planning and real-time bus tracking.

* Coast Regional Transportation Authority, Conway, SC, placed Dump the Pump flyers under some bus seats throughout the day. Riders who found the flyers were rewarded with free bus passes. The agency also distributed informative stickers, coloring books and transit facts at its transit center.

* The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) and Caltrain commuter rail, San Carlos, CA, jointly hosted a Dump the Pump event at the Millbrae Caltrain Station. The program also promoted SamTrans’ new Route SFO service, which operates between the Millbrae intermodal facility and all San Francisco International Airport terminals.

* The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) promoted Dump the Pump Day with system representatives distributing information about JTA’s “TryTransit” ridership initiative. JTA’s “TryTransit” bus was on display at the event, where riders were given Dump the Pump stickers and system information.

* The Riverside (CA) Transit Agency distributed free bus passes and other prizes at an event outside Riverside City Hall, where the ­public could also tour a new RapidLink bus that provides express service between Corona and Riverside.

* RideKC in Kansas City, MO, unveiled its “MAXimize your ­summer” campaign, which focuses on concert, art and shopping venues along the system’s two BRT MAX lines.

* Employees of Brightline, the privately operated rail service connecting West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, provided complimentary coffee and pastries at all three stations the morning of June 21.

* The Potomac and ­Rappahannock Transportation Commission, ­Woodbridge, VA, invited current riders to bring friends on board with them. The new riders could then take a survey on the agency’s website so both they and their friends would be entered into separate prize drawings.

* The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA, introduced free Wi-Fi on all its electric buses at a Dump the Pump Day event targeted at the local business community. The service is being provided through an innovative partnership with a local advertising agency and a Wi-Fi provider.

* Capital Area Transit, Harrisburg, PA, joined with Commuter Service of Pennsylvania, a federally funded organization that supports commute alternatives, to host a selfie contest at a downtown public ­transit facility.

In Chicago, employees of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority, Metra commuter rail, Pace Suburban Bus and Cubic Transportation Systems, developer of the regional Ventra farecard, distributed free coffee and donuts from a local provider during the morning rush hour. The Chicago White Sox’s SouthPaw mascot joined in as part of the team’s Dump the Pump promotion at the ballpark in partnership with RTA.
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, provided free rides on all fixed-route bus service, except commuter routes, on Dump the Pump Day. Employees of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, pictured, as well as South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Broward County Transit and Palm Tran, handed out informational brochures, free passes and coloring books at five public transit hubs in South Florida.

Representatives of public transit agencies throughout New Mexico—including ABQ Ride in Albuquerque, New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District, Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the New Mexico Transit Association—held events the morning of June 21 to share public transit information along with coffee, donuts and giveaways including commemorative Dump the Pump coffee mugs.

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