SANTA FE ― Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
To encourage New Mexicans to do their part, transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico will converge 6-9 a.m., June 21, at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe, for coffee, donuts and giveaways.
Come join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (Blue Bus), NMDOT Park & Ride, Rio Metro RTD and the New Mexico Transit Association to find out how you can save money, Dump the Pump and make public transit work for you!
The City of Santa Fe’s, Santa Fe Trails bus system will be offering free fares throughout the day on all its buses. NMDOT Park & Ride will celebrate its 4 millionth rider and hold a drawing for two free bicycles and two free monthly passes at the event that morning.
Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the June APTA Transit Savings Report, the average annual savings for a person who switches his or her daily commute from driving to taking public transportation can save an average of $10,160 annually.
Public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.