'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?
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