Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T)
1600 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Joan Hunter
817-215-8973 (office)
817-455-4110 (cell)

For Immediate Release

Ride T buses free on June 19 to save on gas and help the environment
* T joins annual National Dump the Pump Day to encourage bus alternative to driving

FORT WORTH (June 11, 2008) – In response to high gas prices, The T will offer free bus rides as it joins many public transportation systems nationwide for the third annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.

The T will provide free bus service all day in Fort Worth and Richland Hills on all regular, express and Route 41 rider-request bus routes.  (The Trinity Railway Express is not included.)

“Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices,” said Dick Ruddell, president of The T.  “If gas prices are too high for you, then ‘dump the pump’ and take a bus on June 19.  Our buses cover all the main or heavily traveled arteries, and if you ride the bus in combination with a bike, you can get most anywhere in the Fort Worth area.”

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, according to APTA.

Public transportation also has an important role to play in helping to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Ruddell.  “If you leave your car behind to take public transportation, you will be helping to combat climate change.”

Not only do fewer cars on the road reduce emissions, but The T’s bus system also helps keep the air cleaner because it operates on emission-free, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG).

“By participating in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used The T bus system will decide to give us a try instead of driving their car,” said Ruddell.

 “With gas prices higher than ever and financial concerns affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation,” said APTA President William W. Millar. “The National Dump the Pump Day on June 19 is an opportunity for people across the country to make a difference in their wallet, as well as in the environment.”  

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