A “T” bus and Trinity Railway Express train. (credit: Fort Worth Transportation Authority)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texans are being encouraged to ‘Dump the Pump’ and use public transportation.

Starting today, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the T in Fort Worth, and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) are all swapping gas receipts for a free, weeklong transit pass.

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The free pass campaign kicks off tonight.

“Come out to NRH2O between six and eight in the evening and bring us a gasoline receipt,” DART spokesman Morgan Lyons explained. “If they’ll do that, we can exchange that for a DART pass, a DCTA pass, a “T” pass, something that will let them use any of our services the week of June 17th.”

The three transit agencies felt a joint effort would benefit North Texas most.

“It’s a joint campaign that we’re [DART] conducting with DCTA and The T to encourage people to give transit a try,” Lyons said.

According to the American Public Transportation Association Transit Savings Report, a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – about $10,000 a year.

Lyons said, given the time of year, North Texans are probably at the pump more often.

“We would imagine folks are filling up more than a little bit these days, now that summer is going on.”

Officials say mass transit also encourages environmental sustainability. North Texas buses run on either clean diesel or natural gas and the DART light rail fleet produces zero emissions.

Find a ticket exchange location and date in your area.

Friday, June 8

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

Saturday, June 9

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

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

Sunday, June 10

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I-35E at Marsalis
650 RL Thornton Fwy.
Dallas, TX  75203

1 to 3 p.m.
Hawaiian Falls Garland
4550 North Garland Ave.
Garland, TX 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, TX 75077

Monday, June 11 

7 to 9 a.m.
DCTA Hebron 121 Station
Monday Morning Muffins
880 Union Station Parkway
Lewisville, TX 75057

Tuesday, June 12 

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
1711 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205

Thursday, June 14

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
City of Denton’s Twilight Tunes
Downtown Historic Courthouse Square
110 W. Hickory Street
Denton, TX  76201

Friday, June 15 

3 to 5 p.m.
Vista Ridge Mall
Center Court
2401 S. Stemmons Frwy.
Lewisville, TX 75067

Saturday, June 16

2 to 4 p.m.
Mockingbird Station
Shops 5321
East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206

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

The free passes can only be obtained at the locations above and are good from June 18 through June 23. There is no gas receipt minimum amount required.

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