The Bus to participate in 'Dump the Pump Day' June 16

Merced County Transit's TheBus said it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the sixth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday.

The slogan of this year's National Dump the Pump Day is "Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit."

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, the event is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 a gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a travel option that also helps people save money.

Now that gas prices have reached $4 or more, you can get a "Dump the Pump" button when boarding TheBus.

-- Sun-Star staff