Dump the Pump: Free Transit Rides for a Week

Dump the Pump week runs from June 18 through June 23

By Kendra Lyn
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 11:53 AM CDT
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Swap your gas receipt for a free regional city transit pass and save some cash June 18-23.

Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News

Swap your gas receipt for a free regional city transit pass and save some cash June 18-23.

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There’s a new push for North Texas drivers to dump the pump and ride public transportation for free.  It includes DART, The “T”, and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Drivers looking for a little relief from the gas pump can exchange a gas receipt for a free, weekly, regional pass to ride the transit system.  The pass is good for the week of June 18.

The transit agencies want new riders to give the service a try and compare it to the cost of commuting in a car.

An unlimited, daily DART regional pass costs $10.  A new AAA study shows that riding the transit network, could save a driver more than $9,000 per year.

Driver Mike Johnson believes it’s a great deal.  “I ride it for recreation," Johnson said.  "I will ride it to the convention center, instead of paying to park, ride it from the airport, instead of paying to park."

Other drivers say even with the free week, it just doesn’t fit into their daily routine. 

Denise Johnson said the transportation doesn’t come close enough to her house for her to use.  “I think gas is ridiculous, but what can you do?  If you don’t have DART to use,” Johnson said.

To cash in on the deal, drivers have to exchange their gas receipt at one of the locations below:

Friday, June 8
6 to 8 p.m.
NRH2O Family Water Park
9001 Blvd 26
North Richland Hills 76180

Saturday, June 9
2 to 4 p.m.
Old Downtown Carrollton Square
1102 W. Main Street
Carrollton 75006

4 to 6 p.m.
North East Mall, Center Court
1101 Melbourne St.
Hurst 76053

Sunday, June 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
McDonald's
I-35E at Ewing, 632 South RL Thornton Fwy.
Dallas 75203

1 to 3 p.m.
Hawaiian Falls Garland
4550 North Garland Ave.
Garland 75040

Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highland Village City Hall Utility Department
1000 Highland Village Road, Highland Village

Monday, June 11
7 to 9 a.m.
Hebron 121 Station Leasing Center's Monday Morning Muffins
880 Union Station Parkway, Lewisville

Tuesday, June 12
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Chick-fil-a's Dump the Pump, Rock the Rail
1711 S. Loop 288, Denton

Thursday, June 14
6:30 to 8 p.m.
City of Denton's Twilight Tunes
Downtown Historic Courthouse Square, Denton

Friday, June 15
3 to 5 p.m.
Vista Ridge Mall's Center Court
2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville

Saturday, June 16
2 to 4 p.m.
Mockingbird Station Shops
5321 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas 75206

2 to 4 p.m.
Irving Mall Center Court by Burlington Coat Factory
3880 Irving Mall
Irving 75062

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