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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2009 National Dump the Pump Day

June 18, 2009 is the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day. The day is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and ride public transportation to raise awareness of the financial benefits of transit. Public transportation has the ability to save people money, conserve gasoline, and reduce the harmful greenhouse gases emitted into our environment.

On June 18, CTA will join with RTA, Pace and Metra, to participate in the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2009 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to go to work, to school, and for a variety of community and recreational activities.

Riding CTA reduces energy consumption by 40 percent and carbon emissions by 60 percent compared to driving. One individual using public transportation instead of driving a car saves the environment over 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. A full eight-car train carries more than 800 people, which is equal to taking more than 600 cars off the road.

Please invite people you know to give CTA a try instead of driving their car. To welcome new riders and thank their regular customers, Transit Ambassadors will be on hand from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at:

95th/Dan Ryan/Red Line
Rosemont/Blue Line
Union Station
Route 59/Naperville-Aurora Metra Station
Join in on June 18 to ride CTA and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Visit today to learn more and plan a trip on CTA!

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