(Tampa, Fla. - WFLA)  Today is the annual national "Dump the Pump Day".  It's organized as a way to educate Americans about the multiple benefits of using public transit instead of driving themselves. The slogan of this year's National Dump the Pump Day is "Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit." 

To celebrate the day, the Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit Authority is offering a free 1-day unlimited ride fare card in exchange for a gasoline receipt dated May 1, 2014 or later.  In addition, residents can send us a photo of themselves "Dumping the Pump" with HART on June 19 and they could win a gift card! The special Dump the Pump Day offer is valid on all of HART Local, Express, Limited Express, MetroRapid, In-Town Trolley, and HARTFlex routes.

"Our goal is to get people who haven't used HART in the past to leave their cars at home for one day and use public transit instead," said HART Interim Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. "When people see how much money they can save and that it's safe, convenient, and a great way to travel to work, school, or get to medical appointments, they often continue to use transit."

You can find out more at www.goHART.org.  

Photo courtesy of HART.