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    Posted June 16, 2010 by
    Laguna Niguel, California
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    National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 17: How Four People Declare Victory


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TedNguyen and his co-workers carpool to work as their way to "dump the pump". June 17, 2010, marks the fifth anniversary of National Dump the Pump Day, which is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association and public transportation systems across the country. TedNguyen has "dumped the pump" for the past five years by carpooling or taking the train to work. "I am taking the Metrolink train today and love it," TedNguyen said. "Best thing since apple pie with vanilla ice cream!"
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    Four commuters from Orange County, Calif. decide that their battle over gridlock is over in traffic-choked Southern California. They declared victory over the gas pump. That's because they decided to Dump the Pump. The working professionals no longer drive alone and instead take transit or carpool.


    The participants in the carpool are:

    Ted Nguyen of Laguna Niguel

    Lora Cross of San Clemente

    Denise Revel of Laguna Niguel

    Rosalyn Zeigler of Laguna NIguel


    The smart commuters estimate they save more than $4,000 a year from dumping the pump.


    Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, Thursday, June 17 is national Dump the Pump day and people across America are freeing themselves from traffic jams by riding transit, hopping on vanpools, joining carpools, biking, walking or even telecommuting to save time, money and the environment. Plus, they get to work at the O.C. Transportation Authority or arrive at home relaxed.


    Each year, public transportation in the U.S. saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline a year, equivalent to almost 4 million gallons of gasoline per day.


    With the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, anything we can do to conserve makes a difference to save our planet.

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