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Atlanta commuters to "Dump the Pump" by riding transit
Atlanta commuters to "Dump the Pump" by riding transit

ATLANTA -- Transportation organizations throughout Atlanta are joining forces for one week while they encourage Atlanta commuters to take public transportation rather than drive. 

The Dump the Pump program, according to a spokesman for The Clean Air Campaign, MARTA and GRTA said the initiative was designed to help relieve stress that commuters take on when they drive alone and pay for gas. 

Dump the Pump runs from Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21. Those behind the event hope to raise awareness of transportation options throughout the region, which can help local residents save money and avoid worrying about changing gas prices. 

Each year, the spokesman said, an Atlanta commuter spends an average of 51 hours sitting in traffic and $4,000 on commute costs, about $16 per day in gas and auto expenses. 

Local transit associations taking part in Dump the Pump and hoping to spread the message include GRTA, MARTA, Cobb County Transit, Gwinnett County Transit, Atlanta Regional Commission and GDOT. 

"Transit offers many advantages over driving to work alone, and there is more access to transit in the region than many commuters may realize," Tedra Cheatham, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign said. "Regional data shows that 38 percent of metro are working age residents live less than a mile from a transit access point." 

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