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'Dump the pump' Thursday

Thursday is "Dump the Pump" day--a five-year-old effort by the American Public Transportation Association to show that mass transit can help break our dependence on oil--and a couple of area organizations are offering incentives to join in.

The downtown Circulator will be free to ride Thursday, waiving the usual $1 fare.

Metro is offering a $100 SmarTrip card to whoever best estimates the number of trips that will be taken on Metrorail tomorrow. Enter the contest online.

Far larger than those financial incentives, however, is an estimate contained in a APTA report that says D.C. area households with one car save an average of $9,000 yearly compared to those with two.

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, many (including the Post's Courtland Milloy) have called for a boycott of stations that carry BP fuel. Will anger at the petroleum giant, and ones like it, gush over into a movement to take the bus, train or carpool--for longer than just a day?

By Luke Rosiak  | June 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Metro  
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Where exactly would Metro put any additional passengers? Let them hang on to the back of trains?

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 16, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, even if I won a $100 Metro SmarTrip card, the system is so horrible that I wouldn't use the freebie. Even for free, Metro isn't worth it. Dangerously crowded stations, no A/C in hot weather, unreliable service, rude employees -- I'll tank up on BP gas any day over that.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 16, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"area households with one car save an average of $9,000 yearly compared to those with two." Of course, if you're spouse is unemployed, the loss of more than $9,000 could be a bigger problem. I work from home on Thursday, but I might just drive to work and back to piss off the tree huggers.

Posted by: rcfoster | June 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

That's all well and good if mass transit actually goes where you need to go.

Posted by: ceebee2 | June 16, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. The only people who would participate in a farce like this are already riding and worshipping Metro Fail.

Posted by: fireball72 | June 16, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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