NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If this week’s spike in gasoline prices have you down do something about it – today is the 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

This is the day when the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country encourage everyone to park their vehicle, ride public transportation and save money.

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“One thing that we’ve seen every time that the gas spikes in price we see a whole new group of people decide to park their car and take the bus or train instead,” APTA spokesperson Virginia Miller said.

Miller said once people give public transportation a try they often stick with it, because they realize how much money it saves and how it helps the environment by reducing emissions.

Here in North Texas mass transit systems are promoting Dump the Pump Week. Earlier this month Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s ‘The T’ all offered commuters a free weeklong pass in exchange for gas receipts. Those passes were for free transportation use this week.

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“More and more people are finding that if they want to save money, if they want to beat the high cost of gas, that public transportation is a great option to have,” Miller said.

According to the APTA, households can save, on the average, nearly $9,800 a year when they “dump the pump” and take public transit instead.

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