Celebrate national Dump the Pump Day with us on Thursday, June 21. Visit us at Ogden Station at the bus loading area, Murray Central TRAX Station and Lehi Station to receive a free $15 FAREPAY card. Use it to “dump the pump” and give public transit a try. Are you already a regular rider with a transit pass? Give your card to a friend and encourage them to leave their car at home and ride UTA.
What: Celebrate National Dump the Pump Day by picking up a free $15 FAREPAY card
When: 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 21
Where: Ogden (bus loading area), Murray Central TRAX and Lehi stations.
FYI: Cards will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis. Seventy-five cards will be given away at each station. One card per person, must be present to receive a card. FAREPAY cards can be reloaded online or at a UTA Customer Service Center and provide riders with a 20 percent discount on rail fare and 40 percent discount on bus fare.
Dump the Pump Day was started in 2006 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), to encourage people to reduce use of fossil fuels and improve air quality by riding public transportation. Public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year and it also saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually (www.apta.com).
APTA Dump the Pump Quick Facts
• In 2017, Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation.
• 34 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
• Since 1995, public transportation ridership has increased by 30% - a growth rate higher than the 22% increase in U.S. population.
• People board public transportation 35 million times each weekday.
• Public transportation is a $68 billion industry that employs more than 420,000 people.
• More than 7,700 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
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.
• 71% of public funding for public transportation flows to the private sector, creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.
• Home values performed 42% better than when located near high-frequency public transit.
• Hotels in cities with direct rail access to airports raise 11% more revenue per room than hotels in those cities without.
Public Transportation Is a Safer Way to Travel
• 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 when compared to traveling by automobile.
Public Transportation Saves Money
• The 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.
• A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
• Public transportation's overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint
• Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities
• A total of 87% of trips on public transit have a direct impact on the local economy.
• Of all riders, 71% are employed and 7% are students.
• Nationwide, more than two-thirds of riders walk to their stop or station.
For more public transportation facts, see the Public Transportation Fact Book.