FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 June, 2008

CONTACT:

Helene Buchman
Transit Planner
805-483-3959 ext. 138

June 19th is Dump the Pump Day!

In response to rising gas prices, Gold Coast Transit has announced today that it will participate in National “Dump the Pump” Day on Thursday, June 19th  to encourage residents to save gas money, leave their cars at home and use public transit.   

National “Dump the Pump” Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a non-profit association of more than 1,600 member organizations.This year, Gold Coast Transit has teamed with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to get the word out that riding the bus is easy.  Youths between the ages of 7 and 12 submitted artwork with the theme of saving money and saving the environment.  Of the ten submittals, one will become this year’s Gold Coast Transit “Dump the Pump” advertisement and all will appear on the Gold Coast Transit Website (www.goldcoasttransit.org).  “Our youngsters are very aware of the crisis in gas prices and how changing our habits can not only save money but also help the environment.  This theme came through loud and clear in their art,” said LaVonne McCullough, Area Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.  That this awareness comes from children as young as 7 through 12 years is not lost on the adults.  “We are delighted that a new generation is embracing public transit as a viable part of their lifestyle,” said Deborah Linehan, Gold Coast Transit’s General Manager.  In 2006-07, Gold Coast Transit logged over 9 million passenger miles, saving 197,635 gallons of fuel.  “We expect these savings to grow now that the price of gas is over $4.35 per gallon,” said Linehan.To view the “Dump the Pump” artwork call 805-483-3959 ext. 138.  For more information about the any route or schedule, go to www.goldcoasttransit.org or contact the GCT Customer Service Center at 487-4222 or 643-3158, Monday through Friday, 7:00A – 7:00P.         

Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers transit agency governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction – Cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura and the County of Ventura. 

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