Thursday, June 16, 2016

Free bus rides to encourage public transportation use

Standard Speaker: "Local residents can ride the bus for free on Thursday as part of national Dump the Pump Day.

Hazleton Public Transit, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) are among the agencies participating.

All passengers will have the opportunity to ride any fixed-route bus for free.

The annual event is meant to encourage people to ride public transportation instead of using a car. The American Public Transportation Association has sponsored it since June 2006, when gasoline prices were $3 per gallon.

According to the association’s April Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car."

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