BART handed out $20 tickets to 300 of the more than 128,000 customers who took BART on the sixth annual Dump the Pump day, Thursday, June 16.
Riders were given Dump the Pump stickers to wear during the morning commute at Embarcadero, 12th Street/Oakland City Center and Downtown Berkeley stations. Later, if they were spotted by BART’s Dump the Pump Squads anytime from 11 am to 1 pm, they won a $20 BART ticket.
“Winning a $20 BART ticket is a great bonus for our riders, but in a sense, we all win when people choose BART instead of driving,” BART Board President Bob Franklin said. “Each weekday, BART riders keep 200,000 gallons of gas from being used and keep 4,000,000 pounds of CO2 out of the air. Plus BART riders don’t have to worry if gas prices are going to skyrocket week to week. BART provides a cost-effective, reliable and safe way to Dump the Pump.”
A Chance to Win $500 in BART Tickets While Sending a Message to Big Oil
Non-riders can get in on the action as well by snapping a photo of themselves while they fill up at a pump with an outrageous per gallon price or huge total and then uploading it to www.bart.gov/dumpthepump. The randomly selected winner will receive $500 in BART tickets. The contest runs until July 11, 2011.
Dump the Pump A National Initiative
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) created Dump the Pump Day as a day to encourage people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and improve the quality of life for all Americans. APTA research found that a person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to using public transportation can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds per day, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day, which is 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. For more information about Dump the Pump on a national level see www.apta.com