SNELLVILLE -- A group that aims to strive for better air quality is encouraging Gwinnett County residents this weekend to "dump the pump" in an effort to raise awareness about transit options.
As someone who dumped the pump nearly 10 years ago, Snellville resident Pam Gillett is one of many who are touting the cause.
She takes the Xpress Bus every day to and from work, and said she loves it.
According to Tedra Cheatham, executive director of the Clean Air Campaign, such transit options "offer many advantages over driving to work alone, and there is more access to transit in the region than many commuters may realize. Regional data shows that 38-percent of metro area working age residents live less than a mile from a transit access point."
A news release from the non-profit organization stated that every year the average Atlanta commuter spends 51 hours in standstill traffic and rough $4,000 on commute costs, which equates to about $16 per day in gas and car expenses.
"When you dump the pump and take MARTA or one of our regional transit partners, it's a win-win for you and our community, said MARTA General Manager/CEO Keith Parker. "Transit riders save time, money and the environment which helps to improve the overall quality of life and economic success of our region and state."
Gillett said it's also "quite relaxing" not having to drive to and from work. Everyday, she takes the bus from Snellville to downtown Atlanta.
"It's wonderful, you just sit back, relax and that's it," she said.
The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with more than 1,600 Georgia employers, tens of thousands of commuters and more than 300 K-12 schools "to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality."
For more information about the Clean Air Campaign, visit www.cleanaircampaign.org.