Published June, 13 2013

DUMP THE PUMP JUNE 20

Event on Monument Circle June 19 Promotes Transportation Options

INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2013) – On Thursday, June 20, commuters across the country who drive to work will dump the gas pump in favor of public transportation. National Dump the Pump Day is an annual APTA (American Public Transportation Association) promotion encouraging folks to try public transportation as a means to save money at the fuel pumps. On Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Monument Circle in Indianapolis, people can learn from IndyGo and several partner organizations about transportation options. Aside from transportation information, IndyGo partners will offer additional resources ranging from bicycle safety tips to environmental information.

Dump the Pump Day comes after IndyGo implemented its second round of service enhancements to the mass transit system in Marion County. Earlier this month, the transit agency boosted frequency on several routes, extended service to offer access to more destinations and introduced its new crosstown service, Route 86, which runs from Traders Point on the northwest side of the city, along the 86th St./82nd St. corridor to Community Hospital North on the northeast side.

“Our 2013 improvements offer a level of transit service that Indianapolis hasn’t seen in years,” said Mike Terry, president and CEO for IndyGo. “The system's three core routes, 8, 10 and 39 have frequent service every 20 minutes or better Monday through Friday, early morning through early evening. Additional frequency improvements and route streamlining throughout the system complement the addition of Route 86 to build better connections, making transit a more attractive option.”

In support of Dump the Pump Day, Commuter Connect, a free service of CIRTA (Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority), will hold a drawing for individuals who log their trips to work online. By registering as a participant in Dump the Pump Day on Commuter Connect’s website, people who choose to ditch their cars will have a chance to win a $100 gift card, free 31-day IndyGo passes, and groovy IndyGo T-shirts with retro designs created by Big Car, a local non-profit that builds the community through art.

“Driving alone in your car comes at a cost,” said Andrew McGee, program manager for Commuter Connect. “Commuters pay these costs in time sitting in traffic, in gasoline, in wear and tear on their cars, and in the quality of our air. The purpose of our program is to support central Indiana residents in changing the way they get to work.”

By offering carpool matching, vanpool coordination, incentives for alternative commuting and a free Emergency Ride Home benefit, Commuter Connect aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve the quality of our air in central Indiana. People who dump the pump on June 20 and log a commute with Commuter Connect will be entered to win prizes.

Learn to Ride, Wednesday, June 19

WHAT: Event visitors can plan their alternative commute for Dump the Pump Day with help from IndyGo and Commuter Connect, receive information ranging from bicycle safety tips to green facts, and enter to win various promotional prizes including IndyGo bus passes through Commuter Connect.

WHERE: Southwest quadrant of Monument Circle in front of the Emmis building.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHO: Scheduled partner organizations include:
CIRTA and Commuter Connect
Big Car
Health By Design
IndyCog
Indy Connect
Clear Channel Outdoor
Sustain Indy
WIBC

IndyGo Customer Service Options:
Call Center: 317­.635­.3344; Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – noon.
Retail Center: 34 N. Delaware; Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – noon.

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About IndyGo:IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides public bus transit services to residents and visitors throughout Marion County. IndyGo is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Terry, and a seven-member, bipartisan board appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis and the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County. On its 31 local service fixed routes and an ADA-compliant paratransit service, IndyGo provided 10.2M passenger trips in 2012. Visit IndyGo.net or call 317.635.3344 for more information. Find IndyGo on Twitter at IndyGoBus or Facebook by searching pages “IndyGo.”

About Commuter Connect:Commuter Connect, a service of CIRTA, helps employers ease the impact commuting has on their workers and serves as a connection point between commuters and various commuting alternatives – carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking and walking. It is a federally funded service, through a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funding (CMAQ) grant, designed to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion.

About CIRTA:CIRTA is working to expand and improve transportation options in Central Indiana with the Indy Connect regional transportation plan in the future. But today, through Commuter Connect, CIRTA works with employers and consumers to find alternative transportation options. CIRTA’s work focuses on the urban core of Indianapolis, as well as with suburban and rural communities in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, Boone, Delaware and Madison counties. For more information, visit www.cirta.us.

About APTA: The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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