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Dump the Pump: Two Days to Study Up on Public Transportation

Mayor Brown and various NFTA officials announced Dump the Pump Day (Thursday, June 19), a day in which people across the country are encouraged to leave their autos at home and take advantage of public transportation.
For some of us, this presents a conundrum. My own daughter, in a self-motivated stab at being greener, decided she would do this just last week. This child, who typically programs all electronic devises and was seemingly born with a knack for understanding “how things work” was met with a bit of a left hook when it came to deciphering the ways of public transportation.
Our straight line of a subway aside, Bella did her best to study up on bus routes and times with the help of this NFTA link: http://www.nfta.com/metro/riding_metrobus.asp
After reading about fares, the bus itself and the all-important “signaling a stop” there is a trip planner on the left side of the page that will help you to know the where and when of it. Bella pointed out that tweaking the variables of walking distance to coincide with main streets and going for a minimum of transfers (because they’re a pain in the butt) is a good thing to aim for. With some pre-planning, you ought to make it to work on time Thursday, save some gas and ride a good learning curve along with the bus.
Paul Visco from estrip.org makes it even easier with direct links. Thanks, Paul
More than 100 public transportation systems will be participating nationwide in this event, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
2008 National Dump the Pump Day is touted as: A public awareness day that emphasizes how public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices while encouraging people to ride a bus or train instead of driving a car. This national day also highlights public transportation as an important travel option that helps combat climate change.
In Buffalo Niagara, Metro Bus and Rail has experienced a significant growth in ridership that represents an 8.8 percent increase year over year. From May 2007 through April 2008 ridership was 26.2 million as compared to 24.1 million for May 2006 through April 2007.
Then again, people can always ride their bikes.

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