JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today is National Dump the Pump Day. All over the country, people are being encouraged to avoid gas pumps and use public transportation instead.
Are you sick and tired of those high gas prices? Well, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority says they have the solution. National Dump the Pump Day is a nationwide effort by transit agencies across the country. But what's it for?
"To promote public transportation and basically remind people the benefits of taking public transportation," JTA Spokesman John Finotti said.
He says money is top on that list.
"A family of two, let's say a husband and wife, if they had two cars and they got rid of one of their cars they would save on average $10,000 a year and that's in car maintenance, gas and parking."
And then, of course, there are the daily commute frustrations.
"One of the great benefits is if you are on your way to work you avoid all the stress of being in your car," John said.
Buses run from 5 a.m. to midnight and taking the bus does mean investing extra travel time, but John says, you can make up that time on the bus.
"You can also do work on your way to work in the bus."
And if you're thinking of going green, JTA is the way to go.
"If more people used the bus system, it would cut down on our carbon footprint of all those cars."
And don't forget the skyway is also public transportation and right now, it's free to use.
Bus tickets are currently $1.50 or you can purchase a card with unlimited rides for $50 per month.