CA: Omnitrans Invites Commuters to Dump the Pump

With gasoline prices still hovering around $4 per gallon, Omnitrans invites commuters to Dump the Pump and try the bus for free on Thursday, June 20.

Omnitrans is offering coupons good for a free all-day pass on Thursday, June 20. Coupons are available in local Sunday newspapers on June 16 or can be downloaded from the agency's website and must be presented on board buses to receive a free pass. Regular price for a 1-day pass is $4. The agency is also offering a Facebook contest prize drawing for people who share why they dumped the pump for transit, in 50 words or less.

The San Bernardino Valley’s transit agency joins hundreds of public transportation systems nationwide supporting annual Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. Southern Californians can save more than $10,000 annually by trading in one household car for transit, according to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report.

“We offer an economical alternative to driving,” said Director of Marketing Wendy Williams, “and with our new ‘NexTrip’ real-time information system, customers can get up-to-the-minute, accurate bus arrivals at their fingertips right at the bus stop. Riders can text, click or call to access real-time information.”

Commuting by bus also benefits the environment especially since the Omnitrans fleet is 100 percent natural gas-powered. One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.