Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ride the bus for free

Mountain Rides celebrates ‘Dump the Pump’ Day


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    To celebrate the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day, Mountain Rides Transportation Authority is offering free rides on its Valley Route on Thursday.
    Mountain Rides always offers free rides on its town services in Hailey and the Ketchum-Sun Valley area, but charges fares from $2 to $4, depending on the distance traveled, for the Valley Route, which runs from Bellevue through Hailey and into Ketchum and Sun Valley.
    A press release from Mountain Rides and the Community Transportation Association of Idaho states that the free rides on Thursday are intended to encourage people in the Wood River Valley to take advantage of public transportation. Vanessa Fry, local mobility manager for the Community Transportation Association, will be riding buses throughout the day and handing out prizes to riders.
    “I would love to see this free day of transit encourage first-time riders to hop on the bus,” Fry stated. “Mountain Rides provides year-round, safe and affordable transportation alternatives for the Wood River Valley. The cost-saving opportunities for riders can be upwards of $9,500 annually, plus riding the bus can remove thousands of vehicles from the Highway 75 corridor, making the daily commute for everyone shorter and smoother.”
    “With gas prices staying high, construction on the highway and heavier summer traffic, it’s the perfect time for new riders to give Mountain Rides a try,” stated Mountain Rides Executive Director Jason Miller. “Sit back, relax, read, text or whatever you like and come out and enjoy a day of free rides and prizes on the bus.”




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