Will you dump the pump today? That question comes from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council in recognition of the sixth annual "Dump the Pump" day.

The goal is simple: encourage drivers to ditch their vehicles for one day and to turn to public transportation. In doing so, commuters will save some coin by not having to pay for gas and curb CO2 emissions by up to 20 pounds over a 20-mile commute, according to the APTA. In the past, "Dump the Pump" has meant games like "whack a pump," but not this year.

As an enticement, many transit systems will beef up their schedules to accommodate the anticipated influx of riders. Ah, but therein lies the problem. The U.S.' vastly inadequate public transportation system won't allow most Americans to actually dump the pump. That is, unless the system is beefed up big time. But, hey, it's just one day, so let's hope you can work it out in your neck of the woods.

[Source: APTA, PNJ, Green Car Reports]

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