National Dump the Pump Day is June 19th

With gas at $4 a gallon in the Austin area it seems like a great time for everybody to rethink how often we use our cars and give some thought to changing the way we commute.

Along those lines Capital Metro will be participating in next week’s National Dump the Pump Day. The idea behind Dump the Pump Day is to encourage everybody to find a way to get where they are going that day (school, work, shopping) that doesn’t involve a single-passenger car. It doesn’t have to be public transit – it could be sharing the ride with a neighbor that day, dusting off the bike and pumping up the tires and cycling, or even enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of a walk. The idea is to try something that breaks the “routine” of just hopping in the car and burning fossil fuel.

Capital Metro has two events planned around Dump the Pump Day. First off we’ll be out at Highland Mall this Saturday from noon to 4pm with a couple of laptops offering free personalized trip plans on Capital Metro (we’re calling them “Xtreme Transit Makeovers”.) Every new rider who sits down with one of our staff members that day and creates a plan will get a free 7-day bus pass. We’ll also answer questions about riding the bus, buying passes, loading your bike on the bus, or planning a trip. While supplies last we’ll also have system maps and schedule books to hand out to everyone who stops by. Then on Thursday, June 19th (Dump the Pump Day) we’ll be outside on the plaza at 100 Congress in downtown Austin with more passes, plans, and giveaways from 10am until 2pm.

You can also register to receive one of the 7-day passes on a special Dump the Pump area of our website — Supplies of the pass are limited and the policy is one per new rider.

If you’ve never ridden the bus this is a great opportunity to give it a try. Even if you can’t make it to one of the events go ahead and Dump the Pump that day.

21 thoughts on “National Dump the Pump Day is June 19th

  1. Ed Easton

    Anon, Bob —

    Capital Metro is in fact looking at creating some sort of “loyalty” program that would reward frequent or experienced riders for using Capital Metro. This particular Dump the Pump promotion, though, is aimed at attracting new riders to try transit.

  2. Easy Rider

    Actually I thought the answer was helpful. Never knew til now that the big detour list existed. Wish there werent so many parades walks and rallies in Austin that block roads. Traffic sucks.

  3. Don Dickson

    I agree with easy rider, I don’t understand why the buses always have to yield to the events — the events ought to yield to the buses.

    I remember a few years ago when it was proposed to reroute all the buses away from Congress Ave. through the downtown area. Seemed to me they had the traffic solution precisely backwards.

  4. Timothy-

    Organizers of runs, walks, charity events, and parades paid a heavy fee to the City to close down a road to traffic. There are charge several hundreds of dollars per mile, per lane per hour plus a minumum of four hours of overtime pay to police officers (not public money but from the organizers, with money for barricades. I ride the bus, too plus a runner. I pay $30 to $120 to run in these events, that average from $5 to $10 per mile for some events. Just to let you know.

  5. Gloria Cobain

    If there really will be an effort to get Austinites riding mass transit, Capital Metro drivers must drive boarded passengers–instead of parking the bus.

    People driving along in their cars and seeing a parked bus with frustrated and stranded passengers–who had expected to transit, will remain disinclined to even attempt riding Capital Metro.

    The agency continues advertising against itself by not prosecuting drivers who are both wasting passenger time and tax-payer paid gas.

    People currently able to quicly and reliably get to their final destination through private autos won’t sacrifice that for the chance to sit on a bus while a driver uses mere time point estimates as their personal excuse to goof off–and prevent customers from reaching our final destinations when we had mapped them out.

    Other public transit systems in Texas only use time points as an estimate. Their systems strictly and successfully prohibit drivers from sabatoging people’s schedules through breaks after the passengers have boarded.

    And this same discipline is the only thing which will effectively and permanently improve Capital Metro ridership levels

  6. M1EK

    timothy, you’re dead wrong – most of those events end up with fees waived, and the fees they do pay are miniscule compared to the hassle everybody else endures.

  7. Runner


    Timothy is correct. you are wrong.

    Be sure you know what your are talking about before placing incorrect info on any site.

    Police are paid overtime. City fees are charge for road closures, etc.

  8. M1EK

    runner, you’re full of it – the city council agenda has fee waivers almost every single week, and they’re most often for road races.

    Yes, they have to pay cops. But, no, they quite often DON’T pay for the privilege of closing streets.

  9. M1EK

    timothy, nice work posting the barely literate and laughable threat to my blog.

    Here’s one simple example; first one I found in google:

    use these terms: austin city council “approve waiver” race


    35. Approve waiver of $1500 in street closure permit fees under Chapter 15-11 of the Code for the American Lung Association of Texas’ Asthma Walk to be held on March 27, 2004. (Council Member Betty Dunkerley and Council Member Brewster McCracken)
    The motion authorizing the waiver of street closure permit fees was approved.

    36. Approve waiver of $1859 in street closure permit fees under Chapter 15-11 of the Code for the Southwest Key Program, Inc., Go for the Gold 10K Race to be held on March 6, 2004. (Council Member Betty Dunkerley and Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman, and Council Member Raul Alvarez)
    The motion authorizing the waiver of street closure permit fees was approved.

    37. Approve an ordinance waiving signature requirements under Chapter 15-11 of the Code for the Motorola Mini-Moto 5K and Marathon to be held respectively on February 14, 2004 and February 15, 2004. (Mayor Will Wynn and Council Member Betty Dunkerley)
    Ordinance No. 031204-37 was approved.

  10. JC

    I was directed to this blog by a concern citizen about the misinformation given by different parties.
    As one of the organizer for many fun and competitive races for the past five years, about 10% road closures fees have been waived.
    The city council and the running community have agree to certain routes in downtown and east Austin to limit the inconvenience for drivers and public transportation.
    But the majority of the events have to pay street closures.
    We try our best to cooperative with all the entities.
    I agree it makes it very frustrating to riders on CAP METRO during certain events like the half and full marathon events where they have walked five to six blocks away in downtown Austin.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    However, these events are planned and, of course, city officials approved the route.
    I noticed examples were given back from 2004.
    I will followup next week and give factual listing of races that have to pay or waive and the costs associated with each one – to set the record straight.

  11. M1EK

    jc, there are examples in every year – 2004 was just the very first hit in that particular google search, as I explained.

    Attempting to paint waiving fees as an extraordinary and only historical occurrence is misrepresenting the facts – this still happens today. Like I said, nearly every city council agenda contains at least one waiver of fees for some kind of event.

    Here’s one from 2007:

    “56. Approve waiver of certain Park rental fees under City Code Chapter 8 for the Silicon Labs Marathon Relay to be held on September 30, 2007. (Council Member Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole Council Member Jennifer Kim)
    The motion authorizing the waiver of certain Park rental fees for the Silicone Labs Marathon Relay was approved.”

    and many others.

  12. LBD

    First this forum should be about CAP METRO issues. Street closurs CAP METRO connot do anything about. As for someone complaining about street closures, talk to the City Council members.
    Also, park rental fees waiver is quite different from road or street closures. Park rental fees only include use of City of Austin parks and recreational centers, etc.
    m1ek must have too much time on his hand.
    Maybe if he would direct his energies in improving the quality of his life along with others can benefit himself and the whole city.
    Events happen all the times.

    Just be thankful we live in a city that allows charity and special events to happen.
    I grew up on a farm and plenty to do with chores. Maybe someone wants to win a point in a non-life threatening situation.
    Just try to improve the transit system here in Austin with positive suggestions and ideas along without criticize others.
    CAP METRO needs not to have zones for fixed routes but the rapid rail is okay.

  13. M1EK

    lbd, I was just correcting the misinformation that races always pay the fees charged to close streets and parks. They quite often don’t. I’m OK with that, but people should be aware of it.

  14. austinrunner

    Last year’s (2008) Freedom 5000 on July , which was a simple out-and-back course along Cesar Chavez, cost the race organizers $10,000 in road closures.

    Factual information.

    m1ek – most races and evetns pay. Lat year, events paid over $240,000 to close roads.

    That is a fact.

    I have proof from City Hall.

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