Dump the Pump contest Third Place Winner: Adela Srinivasan

Right now we are at Brush Square at Downtown Station, announcing the winners of the Dump the Pump contest, and enjoying the upbeat sounds of the East Side Dandies. This is the first post of a few that you’ll see today, highlighting our top winners in the contest. This is the third-place entry from Adela Srinivasan, and her prize is three month’s worth of Capital Metro passes, two tickets to an Austin Chronicle “Paper Cuts” concert, a commuter gift bag and a free Car2Go membership. Congratulations!

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My love affair with Capital Metro started way back years ago I first landed to US from Europe, and here I was- a city which seemed to have no boundaries (nothing l have seen before in Europe). What I really mean, is the way US cities are spread out- thanks for the abundance of space!  And I loved it, but one thing that really kept me from enjoying Austin’s  vastness was the fact that I did not have my European way of  grabbing a bus and going places- and the fact that I could not drive was making me even more bitter!

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Dump the Pump with Capital Metro: tomorrow

National Dump the Pump Day is tomorrow, Thursday, June 16. What are your plans? Perhaps you can walk or ride your bike to work or school, or jump on one of our buses with powerful air-conditioning. You can carpool, car2go, or ride MetroRail or a pedicab. It’s up to you, but I hope you will consider doing your “to- and fro-ing” without the use of your personal car.

Brown bag it tomorrow, and join Capital Metro and car2go at a lunchtime celebration at Brush Square park, adjacent to the Downtown Station, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The East Side Dandies will belt out “hot jazz” from the 20’s and 30’s, and officials from Capital Metro will announce new carsharing options that will make dumping the pump easier.

We’ll also be announcing the winners of our Dump the Pump, Ride with Us contest. Thank you so much for your brilliant entries! Seventy-something entries have been carefully judged and scored, and tomorrow several people can claim their prizes, including one grand prize winner who will be taking home an iPad2. (We’ll be posting the winning entries on CapMetroBlog tomorrow, so come back.)

The concept behind Dump the Pump started right here at Capital Metro, and now it is a national event to raise awareness of all the benefits of public transportation. What we see and hear all the time is that people have some pre-conceived notions about riding transit that prevent them from trying it, but once they do, they realize it is easier and more pleasant than they thought it would be. Try transit, my friends! Try transit. Tomorrow.

Dump the Pump Tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 17, is National Dump the Pump Day, and we here at Capital Metro hope you’ll celebrate with us by leaving your car at home.

Dump the Pump logo

As automobiles are the greatest source of air pollution, trying an alternative to driving solo to work or school makes a big impact on the quality of our environment. In fact, you’ll be dubbed an Ozone Action Hero (you have to acquire your own cape, however) for walking, biking, carpooling, or riding Capital Metro instead of driving.

If you’re interested in trying public transportation tomorrow and joining the thousands of regular Capital Metro riders who are doing their part to save the environment, we have an incentive for you: you can ride free on Dump the Pump Day with this coupon. Print it out and show it to your bus driver or MetroRail fare enforcement officer, and your ride will be on us.

During rush hour, every full bus takes about 35 cars off the road; let’s fill the bus! (and train).

DUMP THE PUMP!

Today’s National Dump the Pump Day, and we’re sponsoring a photo contest. Send us a photo of yourself riding Capital Metro today, and we’ll put your name in a drawing to win one of 20 Capital Metro eco-friendly windbreakers, and one grand prize–a $200 gift certificate to EcoShoppe. Full rules/details here.

I thought I’d share some of the cool photos we’ve received today. Note: these aren’t winners of the contest (yet)–we’ll do a random drawing of all the photos tomorrow. Send yours in!

See some more behind the cut.