Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Port Authority of Allegheny County is hoping to see a spike in ridership Thursday. PAT is marking the third annual “dump the pump day” Thursday by giving away a monthly pass but spokesperson David Whipkey says that is just the beginning to what a bus rider can save. The average mass transit commuter save 15 hundred dollars a year in gas costs alone. Whipkey says in the last two years the Port Authority has seen a bump in ridership on “dump the pump day” and he expects the numbers to be even bigger this year with rising gas prices driving up the cost of a daily commute. Whipkey says there is a “mystery” that surrounds ridding the bus or “T” and once people get over that hurdle they often find its is a very easy process.