With the return of high gas prices, Gold Coast Transit (GCT), the largest public transportation provider in Ventura County, announced today that its Board of Directors adopted a resolution proclaiming that GCT will join public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the seventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21.  The slogan of this year’s campaign is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.”

To encourage the public to “Dump the Pump”, Gold Coast Transit is asking members of the community to take a picture of themselves riding the bus, traveling by bike, or using any other alternative form of transportation between now and June 21. Then, send the photo in one of the following ways: visit www.facebook.com/gctransit to “Like” GCT’s Facebook fan page and click on the Dump the Pump tab to upload your photo, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail it to 301 East Third Street, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2012 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation, instead of driving a car. With gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon, saving money is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and riding Gold Coast Transit buses is the best way to beat these high prices.  According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

“We are excited to once again participate in this national campaign to promote public transportation,” said Steve Brown, General Manager, Gold Coast Transit. “We encourage everyone to dump the pump and enjoy its many benefits. You can save money and feel good about reducing your carbon footprint, since all GCT buses are fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).”

Gold Coast Transit provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 54 clean-burning buses, GCT carries over 3.5 million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes. GCT is a joint powers authority governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction.

 

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