OH: Laketran Hosts Event to Teach People the Benefits of Public Transportation

With summer gas prices on the rise, Laketran announced it will join with public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 20.

The Dump the Pump event will be held at city of Painesville’s Veterans Park alongside the Painesville Farmers Market. Laketran in partnership with the City of Painesville and WKKY radio will encourage people to “dump the pump” to see the benefits of using public transportation.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) the 2013 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.

According to the Laketran savings calculator, a rider can save up to $1,200 annually by taking public transit.

“Laketran’s website offers a gas saving calculator that allows you to calculate how much you can save by riding Laketran, whether someone travels on local bus routes or commutes using Park-n-Ride to Cleveland. With gas prices shy of $4.00 a gallon, it’s not surprising that you can save well over $1000 annually,” explains Laketran marketing director Julia Schick, “Taking the bus could offer you that 3 percent raise you’ve been looking for.”

Anyone who rides Laketran on June 20 and stops by the event with a transfer ticket will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 smart card for Laketran.

During the event, Laketran hopes to “Fill-a-Bus” full of food donations for Lake County Food Pantries. Food donations will be collected and given to United Way of Lake County to distribute to families in need.