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Ride MATBUS for Free on Thursday

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On Thursday, June 20, MATBUS will join hundreds of transit systems around the United States to celebrate the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)'s eighth annual "Dump the Pump Day" in the Fargo-Moorhead metro.  To help encourage people  to give transit a try, MATBUS is offering a fare-free day to all of its fixed route passengers.  This promotion does not apply to MAT Paratransit services.

Riding MATBUS provides an environmentally-friendly way to get around the area, while also saving passengers some money. APTA estimates that it costs almost $10,000 annually to operate a personal vehicle; a year of MATBUS rides cost less than $500.  A potential savings of $9,500 can be realized by simply eliminating one vehicle in a two-car household.

One bus full of passengers replaces six blocks of cars on the road.  Additionally, every $1 invested in public transit projects generates anywhere from $4 to $9 in local economic activity.  MATBUS' new hybrid vehicles produce less than 50% of the greenhouse gases emitted by typical diesel vehicles.

During 2012, MATBUS fixed routes and MAT Paratransit services gave a combined 2,099,149 rides to passengers in the F-M community.  MATBUS ridership has soared in recent years, increasing by more than 81% since 2005.  Route modifications, increased gas prices, expanded and targeted marketing efforts and continued outreach activities have all assisted MATBUS in attaining these statistics.  MATBUS is seeing many "choice riders" on-board its vehicles; "choice riders" are those passengers who have their own vehicles, but choose to ride MATBUS instead.

The first national "Dump the Pump Day" was held in 2006, after gas prices reached $3.00 per gallon.  In 2012, a record 10.5 billion trips were taken on public transit systems in the United States.

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