National Plug-In Day was an awesome experience! If you missed it, after you read this I doubt you miss the next one because it was AWESOME! Ok ok, I know you are thinking, “Icye, can you just tell me about it already ?”
On September 23rd, in our beautiful city, supporters and proud owners of plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars gathered to mark the progress and draw new fans to more energy efficient technology. National Plug-In Day featured vehicle test drives, opportunities to get involved with environmental justice movements and a chance just to have a flat out great time. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, great for family and mingling with new people. The bonus was that it just happen to have cleaner energy cars, scooters, motorcycles, bikes and even a converted Jeep Wrangler! That was the best part!
So why am I so excited about plugging it in? Because you save money! Granted, I am a college student, still I know my first purchased car will be a hybrid or EV. Plug in America says, “A plug-in car uses clean, affordable, domestic electricity for some or all of its energy. An all-electric vehicle (EV) stores all its energy in batteries. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) store some energy in batteries, and have a gas engine to extend range. Conventional hybrids have batteries, but all their energy comes from gasoline. They cannot plug in to cleaner, cheaper, domestic power!”
Jealous yet?! Being able to see all the new technology and hearing about the new developments for future transportation was almost surreal. I enjoyed so much of my time there and it gave me so much joy in knowing that I was helping out in the growth of clean cars, as well as clean air. So now that you know the scoop, where will you be on National Plug-In Day next year?
– Icye Walker
Sierra Club Intern
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Ride the bus or train this Thursday to celebrate the 7th annual national Dump the Pump Day! On June 21st, the Sierra Club and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) are encouraging people to ditch their cars in favor of modes of transportation which are friendlier to the environment – as well as their wallets.
According to the APTA Transit Savings Report, public transit saves 4.2 billion gallons of gas and $19 billion in reduced congestion costs in America each year. Transit is also a major contributor to our economy, supporting 400,000 jobs across the country. On the individual level, riding transit instead of a car saves the average American over $10,000 annually.
Several cities and towns across Texas this year are hosting local activities and contests to celebrate Dump the Pump Day.
Dallas/Forth Worth/North Texas: Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the T in Fort Worth, and the Denton County Transportation Authority are all encouraging people to try public transit by allowing commuters to swap a gas receipt for a week of free transit. Details are available on the DART website.
El Paso: Sun Metro is giving away seven annual bus passes and seven monthly passes randomly to passengers throughout the day. They will also give away 70 day passes to riders who park and ride at the Lower Valley, East Side, Northeast or West Side transfer centers. More info available at the Sun Metro website.
Longview/East Texas: Damiya Pentecost, Longview’s mobility manager, will be on Fox 51 at 8AM on June 21st to talk about the event. Longview Transit will be offering free bus passes all day as well as additional promotional items. Visit their website for more info.
Lubbock: Citibus rides will be free all day Thursday. Visit kfyo.com for more info.
San Antonio: VIA Metropolitan Transit is giving away free monthly bus passes via their Facebook page. Visit Viainfo.net for more info.
Have a happy Dump the Pump Day! Let us know if you rode transit this week!
-Masha Alaupovic, Transportation Policy Intern