Drivers encouraged to "Dump the Pump" Thursday

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Valley Metro is encouraging drivers to "Dump the Pump" on Thursday, June 19.

In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation like the light rail instead of driving.

Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. Experts say that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save – on average – more than $10K a year.

"We currently have 73 million riders a year," says Susan Tierney with Valley Metro, describing the growing popularity of the light rail.  "They know the value of dumping the pump every single day. They're not only reducing that precious fuel consumption, they're helping the environment. It's also a convenient, cool way, especially in the summer, to get where they need to go."

Drivers are also being encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or telecommute Thursday.

Valley Metro is offering a great incentive to drivers who choose to "dump the pump." Everyone who visits the Valley Metro page and signs the online pledge will be entered to win a stay-cation at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.

The nationwide Dump the Pump event has been going on for several years. This year, 100 transit agencies across the country will take part.

Last year, more than 1,100 people took the Dump the Pump pledge. Valley Metro hopes to beat those numbers this year.

For more information on Dump the Pump, visit the Valley Metro website.