ATLANTA -- Transportation organizations throughout Atlanta are joining forces for one week while they encourage Atlanta commuters to take public transportation rather than drive.
The Dump the Pump program, according to a spokesman for The Clean Air Campaign, MARTA and GRTA said the initiative was designed to help relieve stress that commuters take on when they drive alone and pay for gas.
Dump the Pump runs from Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21. Those behind the event hope to raise awareness of transportation options throughout the region, which can help local residents save money and avoid worrying about changing gas prices.
Each year, the spokesman said, an Atlanta commuter spends an average of 51 hours sitting in traffic and $4,000 on commute costs, about $16 per day in gas and auto expenses.