Dump the Pump and Ride METRO

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Release Date:  June 17, 2015

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO's New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map. METRO's expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting ridemetro.org where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  

Dump the Pump

METRO invites all #Houston to join this #DUMPthePUMP transit challenge tomorrow!    Twitter: @METROHouston Facebook: /RideMETRO

Thursday, June 18, 2015 marks ten years of National "Dump the Pump" Day and METRO is asking Houstonians to show their transit independence by ditching their cars for the day to ride with METRO.

For some public transportation users, high gas prices and traffic congestions are reasons to leave their cars parked at home.  For others, it is a quality of life choice.  These commuters enjoy stress-free travel and also contribute to reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. 

Using public transit is a great way to save money.  The latest American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Transit Savings Report shows that a two-person household  can save an average of more than $9,400 annually by downsizing to one vehicle.

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Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities helping them grow and prosper.