Thursday is the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day, an effort to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take advantage of alternate forms of transportation, and Metro officials will be out in force to tout the virtues of public transit.

Metro staff members and law enforcement officers will be riding Metro buses and trains to greet transit riders and hand out small gifts in an effort to encourage people to use public transportation — including methods such as vanpooling, bike- and ride-sharing and Metrolink commuter lines.

“There is a very good chance that Metro has a transportation alternative that works for you,” said John Fasana, chairman of the Metro Board of Directors.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, a two- vehicle household that reduces its use to one vehicle can save as much as $9,700 a year. The association estimates that Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation in 2016

—City News Service

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