System encourages community to try transit
[Panama City, Fla.] – Representatives from Bay Town Trolley announced that the system will offer free rides on June 19, 2014, in celebration of the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day. This initiative, first created by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in 2006 when gas prices reached $3 per gallon, encourages people to leave their cars at home and try transit as a more cost-effective alternative for traveling around town.
“For those who have considered utilizing the Bay Town Trolley as part of their commute, Dump the Pump is a great opportunity for first time riders,” said Commissioner Rodney Friend, Chairman of the Bay County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). “Dumping the pump is a chance for people to save money on transportation while also preserving the environment. Bay Town Trolley is a proud member of this community, and we are dedicated to providing excellent service to everyone.”
Those interested in trying transit can visit www.baytowntrolley.org for route maps and schedules. According to APTA’s Transit Savings Report, a two-person household can save more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car, and a single commuter switching to public transportation reduces a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent. To learn more about the benefits of public transportation visit www.apta.com.
For more information about Bay Town Trolley’s nine routes and schedules, please visit www.baytowntrolley.org or contact Nancy Lohr at 850-785-0808.