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Congratulations to our Dump the Pump Contest Winners! Dump the Pump June 20

In honor of Dump the Pump Day, Metro wanted you to share your story! In response, Metro received many stories about the awesome benefits of Dumping the Pump with Metro Transit.

Mary Putman's story:

" I have worked at the UW Hospitals and Clinics some 27 years now. I have always taken the bus to work and before that school. I find it gives me a stress (no road rage) free ride and allows me to have a built in twice a day 30 minute  time slot for whatever book I have been reading.  I  find it costs less, not only the parking fees and much less gasoline usage but also the long term wear and tear on my car as a bonus. Time wise, it is actually faster for me to take the bus than to drive in, park my car and walk over from Lot 76 or 60. Environmental issues have always been a cause close to my heart, I try to do the "right" thing but at times it is hard and time consuming. This is a win/win for both the environment and me!

I have always been a great cheerleader at work for new employees to take the bus to work. It is not easy to get parking at my workplace and it is expensive. New workers, depending job title, may not have planned for such a big chunk out of the pay check. I always have the newest ride guide and work with them on planning a route both from their home and the transfer points giving a plug to the benefits of mass transit. I also show them trip planner and advise them of your app to track the bus. I have had any number of converts over the years. I have even given my boss a heads up that if new employees have questions or concerns she should send them to me. I also will help for early arrival and dismissal concerns.  I sort of think of it as doing my part.

As a side note I think a liaison, someone like me that works at a facility but rides the bus would be a great addition to any number of downtown employers. I think a lot of people find the whole getting ready to ride then finding the best route overwhelming. It is scary to do new things especially at a new workplace and for a small investment of time by a liaison you might catch a bounty of new riders."

Thank you for your story submissions!

Dump the pump day

National Dump the Pump Day is a day that public transportation systems nationwide encourage individuals to ride public transportation rather than driving as a way to save money and remain environmentally friendly.

Did you know:

  • that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save as much as $9,700 a year?
  • every year public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons?
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 jobs?

Calculate your savings!

Transit Savings Calculator

This calculator will help you compare the price of using public transportation with the price of paying at the pump and then parking your car in town.

Calculate Your Savings


Carbon Savings Calculator

This calculator will help you estimate the potential reduction of carbon dioxide emissions you can achieve by switching part or all of your travel to public transportation.

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Go Green! Ride Metro.

Recent studies show that one of the most signicant actions people can take to reduce their carbon footprint is to reduce their driving.

Riding the bus helps to create a healthier environment by reducing smog-producing pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Through the use of hybrid buses, ultra-low sulfur fuel its use of and Green Power, Metro takes that effort even further. Learn more.


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