SunLine Transit Agency encourages Coachella Valley to 'Dump the Pump' on June 15th

Jun 12, 2017

(Thousand Palms, CA)  Local residents are encouraged to ‘dump the pump’ by SunLine Transit Agency this Thursday, June 15, to participate in the 12th Annual ‘Dump the Pump Day’ – sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

“This is the perfect time to give your gas gauge a rest by giving bus rides a test drive,” said Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency. “Aside from the cost savings, you can gain time to do things like study, work, go on social media or play games with free SunLine’s free Wi-Fi. There are a lot of reasons to ride the bus, and taking part in this national initiative gives prospective riders a chance to see for themselves the benefits of taking transit.”   

According to the June APTA Savings Report​ shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,700 a year. Public transportation also provides jobs which help the economy. Additionally, it offers job access to millions of Americans – since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes.​

Public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year, and it also saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

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SunLine Transit Agency is a joint powers authority formed in 1977 to operate the Coachella Valley’s public transportation system. SunLine offers fixed route bus service and curb-to-curb paratransit for the mobility impaired. Its fixed route and paratransit vehicles travel more than 4 million miles per year, covering over 619 bus stops located throughout a 1,120 mile-service area, carrying approximately 4.82 million riders. SunLine Services Group regulates three taxi franchises who provide taxi services throughout the Valley.  SunFuels alternative fueling station offers compressed natural gas and hydrogen for SunLine and the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more, please visit