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DART EXPRESS: Dump The Pump Day

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A ride on a DART express bus normally costs $2, but as a part of the Dump the Pump event Thursday it will cost you nothing.

The national Dump the Pump Day was started back in 2006 by the American Public Transportation Association. It's an effort to get people to realize the convenience and affordability of riding public transportation.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found transportation is the second highest expense for the average American household, but switching to public transportation can save families thousands per year and cut dependence on foreign oil by more than four-billion gallons a year.

In support of the effort DART is offering free rides on any of its express routes Thursday.

Gunnar Olson with DART says the suburbs are one of DART’s largest markets because people living there have some of the longest commutes.

The goal of today's effort, is to get people on the bus.

“It's really to coax people out of their cars, to leave the car at home, get on the bus, see how quick and convenient it really can be and then hopefully convert them into regular users," says Olson.

You can go online to calculate just how much money you would save by switching to public transportation.

If you want to ride an express route free Thursday you will need a coupon.  You can get that here.

While today is a free ride for all on the express routes, many downtown employers provide free public transportation to their employees, so imagine the savings those people would have by switching to the bus.