ROCKINGHAM, VT The Current is joining public transit companies across the country in promoting the use of public transit to save money, fuel, and emissions by celebrating the fourteenth annual National Dump the Pump Day, Thursday, June 20th.
All riders using a Current bus that charges a fare not only ride free on June 20th, but they will also receive a free ride card for a future free ride valid any day for up to a full year. Fares are $1 in the Brattleboro area and on the Brattleboro-Bellows Falls route, and $2 on routes to the Upper Valley. Riders on the Current’s fare-free routes will also receive a free ride card. Anyone using the bike rack on a bus rides free from June 13-30th. Please note that space is limited to two bikes at a time, and that bikes are not allowed inside the bus.
All riders that day have the option to enter a drawing to win a tablet and $20 amazon gift card. The winners will be selected on Monday the 24th and notified on our Facebook page, website, and via phone.
“The cost of owning and operating a car in Vermont, as well as the need to reduce carbon emissions, make the use of public transit a no-brainer” said Rebecca Gagnon, Current General Manager. “Dump the Pump Day is an ideal way to show our appreciation to existing riders, but also to incentivize non-riders to the benefits of public transit.”
The fuel savings is substantial. A medium-sized vehicle travelling 25 miles round trip per day getting 20 miles per gallon costs $1,222 annually in fuel alone.
The same vehicle above generates 24 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per day. Vehicles in Vermont generate 43% of all greenhouse gases produced each year according to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
For assistance in planning a fixed route trip call The Current at 1-888-869-6287 or www.crtransit.org .