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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Thu Jun 21, 2012.

Today Lodi residents will leave their car in the driveway and hop on the bus in celebration of the seventh annual national Dump the Pump Day.

The city of Lodi is offering free rides on all fixed routes to celebrate the day. They will also have drawings for fixed route 10-ride passes. Those interested can drop off a business card or fill out a paper with their name and phone number at one of the following locations:

  • Lodi Transit Station: 24 S. Sacramento St.
  • City Hall: 221 W. Pine St.
  • Finance Department: 310 W. Elm St.
  • Lodi Public Library: 201 W. Locust St.
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services office: 125 N. Stockton St.
  • Hutchins Street Square: 125 S. Hutchins St.

This is the second year the city has participated in the event.

Nationally, the event started because people were frustrated with high gas prices, Lodi Transportation Planner Julia Tyack said. The event is to demonstrate how using public transportation saves money while also helping the environment, she said.

"Americans don't need to be reliant on cars and be at the mercy of high gas prices if they take advantage of public transportation," she said.

The American Public Transportation Association estimates that if a two-person household downsizes to one car, they can save about $10,000 a year, Tyack said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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