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OmniRide wants you to Dump the Pump June 17

For Immediate Release: 06/16/2021


On Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 17, OmniRide wants residents to ditch the car and enjoy a stress-free and safe commute on an OmniRide bus.


OmniRide will join public transportation systems across the country in marking the 16th annual national Dump the Pump Day. On that day, residents are encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Dump the Pump was started by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in June 2006 to promote transit as an alternative to high gas prices.


In addition to saving money on gas, public transit saves residents the frustration of sitting in traffic.  Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. region is one of the most congested areas in the country, and with COVID-restrictions being lifted and many residents returning to the office, traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels and then some. Instead of a stressful commute, residents can use that time to relax and arrive to their destinations ready to take on the day. With more businesses and entertainment venues re-opening, public transit is also great to experience all the Washington D.C. Region has to offer without the added hassle of driving.  Additionally, the more people who ditch their cars for public transit, the less cars there will be on the road creating pollution.


Even with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted throughout the region, OmniRide will continue to take precautions for the health and safety of passengers and employees. This includes upgraded cleaning on the buses, operator barriers, and FREE fares on Local and Metro Express services to minimize interactions between bus operators and riders and allow customers to board quickly and minimize direct interactions with the bus operator. 


OmniRide has provided mobility services for Northern Virginia for over three decades. This includes Local bus service in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park; Express service for commuters between Prince William County and employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.; and Metro Express which connects riders with Metro Stations. OmniRide also offers assistance to carpoolers and vanpoolers and coordinates a variety of employer services.


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The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides commuter and local bus services as well as ridesharing services in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. It also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.