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  • PDEQ Celebrates National Dump the Pump Day

    Jun 17, 2014 | Read More News
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    Automobile emissions and fumes from the gasoline that fuels them are a major cause of air pollution in Pima County.  To fight air pollution and save money, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality Clean Air Program encourages the community to try transit on Thursday, June 19, for the 9th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.
    “Gas prices take a big slice out of monthly income and riding transit helps people keep some of that money in their pockets,” said Beth Gorman, Senior Program Manager with Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ). Gorman, an 18-year bus-riding veteran, has experienced multiple benefits by riding the bus to work. “Besides saving thousands of dollars on gas, wear and tear on my vehicle, insurance, and parking fees, I have developed enriching relationships with the neighbors I meet while walking to and from the bus stop and with fellow bus riders,” she said. “I feel really good about my commuting choice because riding transit is a way for me to help the environment, reduce congestion, reduce my stress level, save money and meet new people.”

    It is easy to plan your transit ride – just visit www.suntran.com and click the “Plan Your Trip” button near the top or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222. Sun Tran provides transportation services in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. Commuters from outlying areas can ride Sun Express to major employment destinations, and Sun Shuttle service connects passengers in Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina, Green Valley, Sahuarita, San Xavier, Tucson Estates, Southeast Tucson and Ajo to Sun Tran and Sun Express services.
    The PDEQ Clean Air Program is funded through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and provides public information and education regarding air quality issues and encourages actions such as reducing vehicle miles driven to improve air quality. For additional information call PDEQ Clean Air Program at (520) 724-7446.