Effort to offer incentives to share the ride

In these challenging economic times, everyone is looking for ways to save money.

Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit, Palm Tran, South Florida Commuter Services, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri- Rail and Florida Department of Transportation have announced that they will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to encourage people to share the ride and try public transportation as a viable cost-saving option on Thursday, June 17.

“Riding public transportation or choosing to carpool is a great way for people to save money,” said James Udvardy, project director of South Florida Commuter Services. “We are encouraging everyone to join us in this effort on June 17.” Local transit agencies are providing commuters with these incentives and opportunities to encourage participation in this one-day effort:

• Ride the 95 Express Bus free. The 95 Express Bus offers convenient, direct service from Broward County to downtown Miami. On June 17 only, commuters can enjoy a free roundtrip ride on the bus. To download a pass for a free ride, visit online at < www.95express.com >.

•Win a free Tri-Rail monthly ticket. Tri- Rail is encouraging commuters to ride the train by offering the chance to win a free monthly ticket. Those who ride the train on June 17 can mail in their validated tickets, and five people will be selected at random to receive a Tri-Rail monthly ticket. For more information, call 1-800-TRI-RAIL begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-TRI-RAIL      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

• Win a six-month Miami-Dade Transit Pass. Commuters who ride Miami-Dade Transit buses, Metrorail or Metromover, will have the chance to win a six-month transit pass. For more information, visit online at < www.1800234RIDE.com >.

“In this economic climate, saving money is a priority for most everyone and public transportation is one of the easiest ways to do so,” said Phyllis Berry, chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) marketing committee.

“As a regional group, we are working together to improve the quality of life for all by ensuring a cost efficient and reliable way for people to get to where they want to go throughout South Florida.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Dump the Pump Day was created in June 2006, and has since grown to become a major effort to promote public transportation as a great travel option that also helps people save money.

According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, the average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94 percent of this goes to buying, maintaining and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing. To plan your trip using public transit on June 17 or to learn more about carpools and vanpool options, call 1-800-234-RIDE or www.1800234RIDE.com

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