(Editor’s Note: The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, which oversees the OmniRide commuter bus service, wrote and sponsored this story.)
On June 21, OmniRide will join public transportation systems across the country in marking the 13th annual national Dump the Pump Day. On that day, people are encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Those who travel on public transportation can save money and time and use their commute to read, listen to the latest podcast or catch up on sleep, arriving at work relaxed instead of stressed out from their commute!
OmniRide Express buses connect Prince William County and the Manassas area with Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., including nearby Metrorail stations. OmniRide Local buses serve neighborhoods in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. With convenient transfers between the Local and Express buses, it’s easy to Dump the Pump! Visit www.PRTCtransit.org for more information about OmniRide’s services.
To celebrate Dump the Pump Day, OmniRide is offering an exciting chance to win! All OmniRide Express and Local passengers are encouraged to tell a friend about the benefits of public transportation. Just have your friend complete the New Rider Questionnaire to request a free New Rider Kit. For your chance to win, they must list your name and email as “referred by.” New riders will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 SmarTrip cards, while the friend who recommended transit will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 Starbucks gift cards! Entry deadline is June 28.
Dump the Pump was started by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in June 2006 to promote transit as an alternative to high gas prices. According to APTA, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,134 annually by downsizing to one car.
“Gas prices have been increasing, and an easy way to save money is to leave the car at home and take transit instead. Even if you use transit only once or twice a week, you’ll save money by not having to fill up your gas tank as often,” said Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson, who chairs the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, which oversees OmniRide’s services.
However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned to the economy, according to APTA.
Learn more about how you can Dump the Pump at www.PRTCtransit.org!
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