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Jun 15

Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 8:43 AM by Communications Department

HRTHampton Roads Transit (HRT) is joining other public transit systems nationwide and participating in the 12th Annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 15. This year's slogan is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, the 2017 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to consider riding public transportation instead of driving a car to work or on daily errands. Started in June 2006, the campaign has continued to emphasize that public transportation can be a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. When considering the full cost of owning and operating a vehicle, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,823 annually by downsizing to one vehicle, according to the April APTA Transit Savings Report.

Public transportation is also a cornerstone of Hampton Roads’ economy. HRT supports annual regional consumer spending of $93 million, supports over 20,300 jobs and $548 million in employment income every year. HRT provides transit services to six regional cities, including light rail in Norfolk and ferry services across the Elizabeth River. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. 

Last year, HRT began an 18-month Peninsula Corridor Study of potential options for high capacity transit on the Peninsula. Dump The Pump 2017Public meetings for updates on the study are being held Monday, June 26, 6-8 p.m. at Hampton Convention Center, Wednesday, June 28, 6-8 p.m. at Downing-Goss Cultural Arts Center, and Thursday, June 29, 6-8 p.m. at Denbigh Community Center. To learn more about bus schedules for Annual Dump the Pump Day or for more information on the Peninsula Corridor Study visit www.gohrt.com.