June 4, 2014
For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438, mobile/text: (503) 881-5362
SALEM - The Oregon Department of Transportation is partnering with Amtrak Cascades and Lane Transit District for the ninth annual “Dump the Pump” campaign, encouraging commuters and other travelers to take an alternative to a personal car on an upcoming journey or two…or ten!
During June, if your destination, via Amtrak Cascades or POINT (Amtrak Thruway) bus, is Eugene*, then you get a free day pass for Lane Transit District (LTD). LTD provides connections in Eugene, Springfield and throughout Lane County – even up to the McKenzie River area. It just goes to show: sometimes you can get around without a car!
National “Dump the Pump Day,” Thursday, June 19, is aimed at raising awareness of the financial and environmental benefits of choosing a commute option other than driving alone. In addition to saving on LTD bus fares, travelers on Amtrak Cascades in the Willamette Valley may take advantage of a 30% discount running now until Sept. 12. (You must use this link to access the discount.)
“We’re hoping people who haven’t taken our passenger trains lately, or ever, will venture out,” said Hal Gard, ODOT Rail & Public Transit Division Administrator. “We have the two new trainsets now, so we’re encouraging everyone to consider the train/bus option. Give it a try – you might find you really like it.”
Get the details (PDF) on the free day pass from LTD, and visit the Amtrak Cascades page to learn about the 30% off fares.
*Take the train or bus from Portland, Oregon City, Woodburn, Salem or Albany.