June 13, 2008

Pledge to Try Transit in North County on June 19, National Dump the Pump Day

NCTD Transit Services Help Passengers Save Money and Reduce Emissions

With high gas prices on everyone’s mind, North County Transit District (NCTD) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day on June 19. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.

NCTD welcomes new riders on national Dump the Pump Day and encourages North County drivers to pledge to try transit. NCTD representatives will be available to answer questions, pass out schedules and help plan trips for those who are ready to leave the car at home. Visit one of our tables on national Dump the Pump Day, Thursday June 19, at the following locations to receive a free Day Pass (while supplies last):

Carlsbad Village – Star-bucks at 2924 Carlsbad Blvd., 6 - 9 a.m.

Downtown Oceanside – Farmer’s Market on Pier View Way, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Sunset Market at Tremont and Pier View Way, 5 - 9 p.m.

Vista Village – Starbucks at 30 W. Main St., 6 - 9 a.m.

Downtown Escondido – Starbucks at 320 W. Valley Parkway, 6 - 9 a.m.

Just $2 buys a single trip on the new SPRINTER trains or BREEZE buses, while a one-way COASTER train ticket costs about as much as a gallon of gas. “Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices,” said NCTD Board Chairman Ed Gallo. “If gas prices are too high for you, then ‘dump the pump’ and take a BREEZE bus, SPRINTER or COASTER train on June 19.”

Households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation. So leave your car at home, catch public transit, then watch the savings add up – instead of your gas bill.

“Public transportation also has an important role to play in helping to reduce greenhouse gases,” said NCTD Board Vice-Chairman Dave Roberts. “If you leave your car behind to take public transportation – even just to a single event this summer like a Padres game or the San Diego County Fair – you will be helping to combat climate change.”

According to a new study prepared by ICF International and titled Broadening the Connection between Public Transportation and Energy Conservation, public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.

“With gas prices higher than ever and financial concerns affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation,” said APTA President William W. Millar. “The National Dump the Pump Day on June 19 is an opportunity for people across the country to make a difference in their wallet, as well as in the environment.”

For complete trip planning information via public transit in San Diego County call toll free, 511, or plan your trip on-line at: transit.511sd.com. Complete COASTER, SPRINTER and BREEZE schedules are available on NCTD’s website at www.gonctd.com.

NCTD moves more than 12 million passengers annually by providing public transportation for North San Diego County. Its family of transit services currently includes the BREEZE bus system, the COASTER commuter rail service, FAST curb-to-curb transportation, LIFT paratransit and the SPRINTER light rail. It is NCTD’s mission to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services.

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