Archive for June, 2013

Dump The Pump’s Free Transit Swap

On June 16 – 22, North Texans will have the opportunity to take advantage of local public transit for an entire week, free of charge. The Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA), Dallas Area Rapid Tranist (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) are joining together to provide weekly regional transit passes in exchange for a gas receipt. The T offers bus services in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as a rail services by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) that links downtown Dallas, DFW Airport and downtown Fort Worth. DART rail services provides transportation around Dallas and connections to twelve surrounding cities, with linking connections to the TRE and eventually a stop at the DFW airport. Bussing and shuttle opportunities in Denton county are supplied by the DCTA, who also accomidates Denton to Dallas commuters with a six stop rail service. All three transportation authorities also provide daily commuter vanpools for those working in the areas.

Using mass transit for Clean Air Action Day can be even easier thanks to Dump the Pump’s free transit swap. Leading up to National Dump the Pump Day on June 20 and Clean Air Action Day on June 21, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) hosted ticket exchanges around the region. North Texans could swap a gasoline receipt for a free regional transit pass valid June 16 – 22. North Texans who made the swap have the opportunity to take advantage of local public transit for an entire week, free of charge. The T offers bus services in Fort Worth and Richland Hills. The T and DART jointly operate the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) that links downtown Dallas, DFW Airport and downtown Fort Worth. DART rail and bus services provide transportation around Dallas and connections to 12 surrounding cities, with linking connections to the TRE. DCTA provides local bus service in Denton, Highland Village and Lewisville, campus shuttles to the University of North Texas and North Central Texas College, and A-train commuter rail service. All three transportation authorities also provide daily commuter vanpools for those working in the areas.

This joint effort is a strategy to encourage more North Texans to give public transit a try as summer begins and recreational activities pop up across the region. The free transit week is set to take place while the National Dump the Pump Day on June 20 continues for its eighth year; a creation of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to encourage the public to save money by taking advantage of public transit and riding instead of driving. Transportation systems all over the country will celebrate Dump the Pump Day in different ways to get the public involved in easing traffic, lowering emissions and saving money. According to the APTA, North Texas commuters could save up to $9,000 a year by taking public transit over driving to work while also avoiding the stressful issues associated with commuting long distances.

The free weekly regional transit passes can be traded for a gas receipt beginning June 3 at any participating location during certain hours. There are no requirements as far as date of receipt or amount of gas purchased, however participating vendors are only swaping at certain times. North Texans have the opportunity to try something new, save money and participate in National Dump the Pump day, which organizers hope will lead to more commuters considering public transit as an option in the future. Find your nearest ticket swap at: http://www.dcta.net/news-events/dump-the-pump-/menu-id-59.html   http://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1017 and http://the-t.com/SpecialEvents.aspx#pump

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