Pump Dump

06/18/2014 4:29 pm0 commentsViews: 9

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Local transit officials want residents to ditch
their cars tomorrow and instead jump on a bus, train or other mass transit
option in recognition of National Dump the Pump Day.
“Every day, Metro puts 2,000 buses on our streets and trains on 88
miles of light rail and subway tracks,” said Metro board chair Diane DuBois.
“There is a very good chance that Metro has a transportation alternative that
works for you.”

Photo by Gary McCarthy

Photo by Gary McCarthy

is held annually in an effort to highlight the cost
savings of using mass transit versus driving. Citing statistics from the
American Public Transportation Association, Metro officials said the annual
cost of driving a car — including insurance, maintenance, parking and wear and
tear — is more than $10,000 a year. Using transit can save commuters 75
percent off that cost, according to Metro.
The agency, which oversees transit operations across the county, noted
that it has more than 1,300 vanpool vehicles  in operation, helping to take
nearly 7,000 cars off the road each day.
“Vanpool passengers save time and money and benefit by not having wear
and tear on their personal vehicles driving to work and back every day,” Metro
CEO Art Leahy said. “In terms of reducing carbon footprint, we estimate that
taking people out of their cars and putting them into vanpools reduces carbon
emissions by nearly 4,000 metric tons in L.A. County each month.”

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