UNM Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) is supporting public transportation systems nationwide by participating in the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 15. PATS is encouraging the UNM community to take part in this national effort by promoting the UNM/ABQ Ride Bus Pass program which gives free bus pass stickers to eligible UNM affiliates.
The 2017 National Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
First started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money and decreases their carbon footprint.
The UNM/ABQ Ride Bus Pass Program allows holders to ride any ABQ Ride bus free of charge. Sticker pass holders need only show their UNM ID with a valid sticker to their bus driver when boarding.
Free bus pass stickers are distributed by PATS year-round at the PATS main office and Transportation Information Center (TIC) located in the lower-level of the SUB. UNM students who are registered for at least 3 credit hours and current benefits-eligible faculty and staff are all eligible to receive the free bus pass sticker.
In 2015-2016, PATS issued a total of 11,883 bus pass stickers, 86 percent of these to students. That same year, ABQ Ride reported a total of 755,000 rides provided to the UNM community members using the bus sticker program.
Don’t Miss Your Bus. Track It!
Download the UNM LoboMobile app to access Where’s My Bus. Users can track the locations of ABQ RIDE buses and UNM shuttles in near-real time using a computer or smartphone.
See How Much You Can Save by Switching to Public Transit!
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint
- One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion
- The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
- Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.