SANTA FE ― Today is the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day—a day dedicated to showcasing the benefits of riding public transit, including cost-effectiveness, saving commuters money and convenience.
In celebration of the national initiative, the New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) has partnered with transit agencies from around the state to encourage New Mexicans to utilize public transit instead of relying on a personal vehicle.
According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report, individuals who use public transit for their daily commute rather than using a personal vehicle save, on average, an annual savings of $10,160. Across New Mexico, public transit enables people to save money while still attending work, school, and running errands.
“Public transit benefits each and every New Mexican,” NMTA president Anthony Mortillaro said. “Not only is it an affordable, safe, efficient and convenient option for transportation, but it also allows for lower negative impact on the enviornment and helps cities and towns across our state grow economically. We encourage everyone to take part in National Dump the Pump Day by using public transit. Whether you’re going to work, school, the grocery store, a doctor’s appointment, or to run errands, public transit can take you there—for less money than you’d spend in your own vehicle.”
NMTA will join transit agencies, inlcuding join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), NMDOT Park & Ride and Rio Metro RTD at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., June 21. The event is open to the public, and attendees can enjoy coffee, donuts, giveaways, free fares all day from the Santa Fe Trails bus system, drawings from NMDOT Park & Ride, and a chance to learn more about the benefits of public transit.
The New Mexico Transit Association works to resource and train public transit employees across the state of New Mexico. NMTA interfaces with lawmakers and the public to highlight the importance of reliable and accessible public transit in the state.