dumpthepumpSummertime and the living’s easy – when you dump the pump and try public transportation! National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride transit instead of driving a car to take them where they need to go.

happy young woman sitting on chair at beachThe timing couldn’t be better as summer is the perfect season to get out of your car and try alternative transportation: The days are longer, public transit is less crowded (school's out) and you can spend the money you’ll save on that well-deserved vacation.

When gas prices spiked during the summer of 2006, Dump the Pump Day was created as an opportunity for people to discover the many benefits of using public transit, namely to save money and decrease their carbon footprint.

Public transit helps people and their communities, and plays a crucial role in solving economic, environmental and social challenges.

Need more reasons to ride? Check out the other advantages to ditching the car.

Save up for a summer getaway and stimulate the local economy

Public transportation alleviates the financial burden of owning and operating an individual vehicle. Hand with gas pump and moneyYou can use Metro’s commute cost calculator to determine your savings. Transit also drives community growth and revitalization.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 invested in public transportation returns $4 in economic benefits to the community. Public transportation infrastructure lasts for decades and has enduring impacts on urban development, generating jobs and enabling economic progress.

Cleaner summer skies and healthier living

Every year, public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions and 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline nationwide.

Public transit gets cars off the road, reducing pollution and energy consumption. Letting transit take you where you need to go leads to a healthier environment, with fresher air and less traffic congestion. Shaping land use and development patterns, public transportation supports policies regarding energy use, air quality and carbon emissions.

There are a number of health impacts associated with using public transportation too: less stress, fewer pollutants in the air and safer traveling compared to personal vehicles.

Public transit use is also linked to increased physical activity, which helps with weight control, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and certain cancers, strengthens bones and muscles and improves mental health.

Paint the town summer long aboard public transportation

Public transportation services provide personal mobility for people of all walks of life. Access to transit gives people May302017_2318_1commuting options for education, employment, and social and recreational activities. It also promotes community cohesion!

It may seem like cars offer freedom, comfort and convenience but now is the time to dump that expensive polluter and give the more attractive alternative option a spin.

To find out more about how you can commute to UCLA using public transit, visit our website.