Dump the Pump & Try Transit on June 21!

dump pump webOn Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.

To encourage you to do your part, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, along with other transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico, will converge at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe for coffee, donuts and giveaways. Join us to find out how you can save money, Dump the Pump, and make public transit work for you!

Event Details

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 6-9 a.m.
Location: South Capitol Rail Runner Station (map)
Details: Free coffee, donuts & giveaways including drawings for 4 Rail Runner monthly passes!

Participating Transit Agencies

Event Partners

Thanks to Whole Foods Santa Fe and Krispy Kreme for providing donuts and coffee for the event!

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About Dump the Pump

dump pump 2018Started in June 2006 by the American Public Transit Association (APTA), when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the March APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,894 annually by downsizing to one car.  

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

Transit Facts in NM

  • Rural New Mexicans, just as those living in urban areas, need access to reliable public transit. In fiscal year 2017, there were 1.6 million trips made on public transit rural New Mexico. *NMDOT
  • Because of public transit, 96.9 million vehicle miles were saved throughout the state of New Mexico, which eliminated 46,333 tons of carbon dioxide in fiscal year 2017. *NMDOT
  • Surveys of public transit providers demonstrate that, out of the 14.5 million public transit trips made in New Mexico during fiscal year 2017, the largest users of public transit are people getting to work. *NMTA
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express reduced traffic congestion by removing an estimated 15.6 million vehicle miles of travel from our busiest highways during the busiest commute hours. *NMDOT
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express reduced CO2 emissions by 6,900 tons and gasoline consumption by 790,000 gallons. *NMDOT

Benefits of Public Transportation

Below is a quick guide from the American Public Transit Association to just some of the ways public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them: 

Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities 
  • ​Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs
  • Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales
  • Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales
Public Transportation Is a Safer Way to Travel Than by Automobile
  • A person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90% simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by car
  • Traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile
Public Transportation Saves Money
  • T​he average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 96% of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
  • ​Public transportation's overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

View APTA's full list of benefits >>