If you commit to leaving your car at home for Dump the Pump Day tomorrow, you may spot one of your local city council members of county supervisors doing the same. That's because SamTrans and Caltrain are working with local leaders to dump the pump and demonstrate how easy it is to use transit to get around.
This is the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day. The American Public Transportation Association launched the campaign in 2006 as a way of getting drivers out of their cars just as gas prices were climbing past $3 per gallon. Today, saving money is even more important as gas prices continue to rise, so this year’s theme is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit”
San Mateo County and Santa Clara County leaders are signing a commitment pledge to Dump the Pump later this month. Participants include:
- David Canepa
Daly City Mayor
San Mateo County Transportation Authority Vice Chair
- Dave Pine
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President
- Ken Yeager
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Director
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Caltrain Board Chair
- Karyl Matsumoto
South San Francisco Mayor
San Mateo County Transportation Authority Chair
For photos and signed Dump the Pump commitment letters, click HERE.
As part of their commitment, board members will use a mix of transit, walking and bicycling to make their way to work and other obligations on June 19. They will also be participating in the national conversation sparked by the event by using social media to document their travels with the hashtag #DumpthePump.
Earlier, this month the SamTrans and Caltrain boards officially declared their recognition of the event with a proclamation marking June 19 as Dump the Pump Day.
Sustainable San Mateo County Executive Director Adrienne Etherton was on hand to accept the proclamations adding, “This year, Sustainable San Mateo County is putting its focus on transportation. The latest indicators released demonstrate that active transportation answers two key issues facing our country: the obesity epidemic and climate change. Encouraging our residents to ‘Dump the Pump’ is a great way to call attention to these concerns and get people to give public transit a try.”
Caltrain and SamTrans are also inviting members of the community to join the Dump the Pump campaign by leaving their cars at home and tweeting, posting to Instagram or using some other social media tool with the hashtag #DumpthePump to document their experience.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than three years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 50,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad will celebrate 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2019, reducing diesel emissions by 84% by 2020 and providing more service to more riders at more stations.
About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 73 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.