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Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation
Event coincides with rising summer gas prices
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Megan Barrios waits for her bus to arrive Thursday morning at the Hall Area Transit transfer station on Main Street in Gainesville.

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

“The 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go instead of driving a car,” Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, said in a statement.

Public transportation, such as the Gainesville Connection bus system, is a critical part of the local economy, Moss said.

About 12,300 passengers are served each month by Gainesville Connection.

According to a survey conducted last September, about 46 percent of riders are between the age of 30 and 54, while 26 percent of riders are under the age of 30.

Women account for 58 percent of riders, and 45 percent of passengers report being single.

Nearly 30 percent of riders are unemployed, and 56 percent of passengers earn less than $15,000 a year.

Whites account for 38 percent of riders, while African-Americans and Hispanics account for 22 percent and 23 percent of riders, respectively.

The base fare for adults is $1 and for seniors (riders 60 and older) is 50 cents.

A day pass costs $2 and a monthly pass $30.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All buses depart the transfer hub at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour.

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