South Florida Is Dumping the Pump!

June 18, 2009

Dump the Pump LogoIt’s time to say, no way to high gas prices! Dump the Pump and take your bike to work, carpool, take the train, the bus or just walk. As the price of regular unleaded gas rises, many South Floridians are opting for a cheaper and greener way to travel.

Stop spending time in traffic. Use your time to do other things as you ride not drive around South Florida.

Need assistance? Just visit South Florida Commuter Services or call 1800-234-RIDE.

CBS4 Reporter Carey Codd shows how you can save a lot of green, by going green.
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Save Your Money, Save Your Planet. Dump the Pump!

June 18, 2009

Go Green.  Dump the PumpIt’s time once again for South Florida to take public transportation, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk June 18th to say NO to high gas prices.

South Florida Commuter Services make it as easy as calling (800) 234-RIDE or visiting

Here is a news clip from CBS4 News from last year.  Let’s all join together Thursday and make Dump the Pump 2009 the biggest turnout ever in saying no thanks to those lines at the pump.  We’ll save our money and save our planet!

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Carpool, Vanpool Or Take The Bus!

June 2, 2009

Go Green.  Dump the PumpGas prices continue to “explode” and most likely your walet as well. On June 18th, South Florida Commuter Services encourages you to “Dump the Pump” to send a message that we must all do our part to conserve our precious resources. The average South Floridian can save thousands of dollars in gas, insurance, and costly repairs by opting to take the bus to work or carpool with a co-worker or friend. Diane, a Broward County teacher and another fellow teacher share their 30 mile commute everyday. Taking turns has already saved them nearly $1,000 in gas. Just imagine if you did the same all year. Visit South Florida Commuter Services website to show your support and tell the rest of South Florida to stop wasting gas, and time.

Save Your Money, Save Your Planet!

May 27, 2009


South Florida, June 18th, 2009

Local transit agencies encourage public transportation as an answer to
America’s biggest challenges

As America’s economic challenges continue, South Florida’s transit agencies (Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit, Palm Tran, South Florida Commuter Services, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Tri-Rail and Florida Department of Transportation) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18.   Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2009 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment and improve our quality of life.

“America is facing a number of significant economic challenges right now,” said James Udvardy, project director of South Florida Commuter Services.  “People that use public transportation are helping to answer those challenges for themselves and for their country — that’s why we’re asking people to join us and dump the pump on June 18.”

Individuals can achieve an average annual savings of over $8,000 by taking public transportation instead of driving. Riding the bus or train is more cost-effective than paying high
car expenses, which include gas, insurance, repairs and more.  Plus, for every $1 invested in public transportation infrastructure, $6 is generated in economic returns to communities.

Public transportation is also a great way to go green.  It saves 900,000 automobile fill-ups each day – 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline per year.  Switching to public transportation reduces individual carbon emissions by 4,800 pounds per year, provides cleaner air and improves our quality of life.
“By participating in Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used the bus or train will decide to give it a try instead of driving their car,” Udvardy said.  “If they are not able to use public transportation, we are encouraging commuters to carpool to take one more car off the road for National Dump the Pump Day.”

“With the economic downturn affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation,” said William W. Millar, president of APTA. “National Dump the Pump Day on June 18 is an opportunity for people across the country to ease the strain on their wallets and provide a more secure future for America.”

To plan your trip in support of National Dump the Pump Day or to learn more about all commuter options, call 1-800-234-RIDE or visit

Dump the Pump!

May 26, 2009

Riding public transportation is an easy way to save money, conserve gasoline and reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Join millions of commuters across the nation and leave your car at home and ride the bus or train on Thursday, June 18th.

SAVE YOUR MONEY. You can save more than $8,000 a year by taking public transportation. Riding the bus or train is more cost-effective than paying high car expenses.

SAVE YOUR PLANET. Riding the bus, train or even opting to carpool or vanpool helps save 4.2 billion gallons or gasoline annually, reduces an individual’s carbon emissions to 4,800 pounds per year, provides cleaner air and improves our quality of life.

Who Is South Florida Commuter Services?

May 26, 2009

Picture 4The South Florida Commuter Assistance Program was founded in 1988 to serve as a public information office during the I-95 expansion project, promoting alternatives to driving alone during the construction period. Commuter Services has evolved into a one-stop shop for commuter information as the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) regional commuter assistance program. The program is dedicated to improving traffic conditions by promoting alternatives to drive-alone commuting.

Commuter Services hosts a Call Center (1-800-234-RIDE) to answer commuter questions and provide rideshare information. The Center also gives transit route information and automatically transfers calls to mass transit systems throughout the coverage area, including Broward County Transit (BCT), Tri-Rail, Palm Beach Transit (Palm-Tran), Miami Dade Transit (MDT), Treasure Coast Connector, and Community Coach/Indiantown Shuttle/Stuart Shuttle.