National campaign hopes to get drivers to Dump The Pump - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

National campaign hopes to get drivers to Dump The Pump

The City of Memphis is offering a way for you to dump the pump and instead ride on MATA buses.

"Dump The Pump" is a national program, sponsored by the national transportation association.

The goal in Memphis and other cities across the country is to battle high gasoline prices by encouraging people to ride the bus.

Right now riding the Memphis Area Transit Authority costs $1.50.

Organizers hope the annual Dump The Pump will help conserve gasoline and save money.

Cab driver Randy Moss was among the thousands of Mid-Southerners who rode the bus today.

He told me he plans to ride the bus to work more often to cut down on cost.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. You're talking about a dollar fifty and you can transfer on another bus to get from one end of the town to the next as opposed to what is going to be soon to be $4.50-$5 a gallon," Moss said.

This is the third year for the program.

Organizers of Dump the Pump said the program is also aimed on cutting down on green house gases.

According to a new ICF International Study, public transportation helps reduce our nations carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons a year.


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