August 24, 2009
America On Wheels Puts Focus On Automotive Advertising
August 28, 2009, is Try Transit Day, sponsored by CAT-Coalition
for Appropriate Transportation, LANTA,
Valley-Berks Air Quality Partnership and the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection. The purpose
of Try Transit Day is to encourage people who have never
tried public transportation to ride the LANTA bus. You can
see a slide show about Try Transit Day on the CAT website,
Show your support for public transportation by trying the
LANTA bus on Try Transit Day, the last Friday of every month.
This month our theme destination is the America on Wheels
Museum. On Friday, August 28, 2009, the America on Wheels
Museum will offer a discount to bus riders: any adult arriving
by LANTA can experience the 45 minute America on Wheels
Museum tour for $5, a savings of $2; children, ages 6-16
are $3.50, children under 6 are free. The America on Wheels
Museum is open 10 AM to 4 PM on weekdays.
A special America on Wheels Museum LANTA circulator bus
will leave the Allentown Transportation Center every 20
minutes, traveling up Linden Street to the PPL building,
at Ninth and Court Streets, then traveling down Hamilton
Street to the American on Wheels Museum at Front Street,
making stops as necessary to pick up or discharge riders
at each block. The bus will also bring Museum visitors back
along Hamilton and Linden Streets to the bus terminal at
Sixth and Linden Streets every 20 minutes.
Downtown Allentown Employers are encouraged to allow their
employees an hour and half for lunch if they show their
ticket for America on Wheels upon return from lunch. We
ask downtown Allentown employers to encourage your employees
through any appropriate internal communciations, to use
the bus to visit the America on Wheels Museum on Try Transit
Day, Friday, August 28, 2009. An inexpensive lunch will
be available. An all-day pass on LANTA is $2.50 (please
have exact change).
DAY SPONSORED BY
ADVANTAGES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Public transportation provides great benefits to everyone.
Safer than driving a car: Riding the bus increases
your chances of arriving at your destination safely. The
National Safety Council reports that riding the bus is 170
times safer than driving or riding in a car.
Using public transportation reduces stress and is healthier.
Read a book, listen to music, or talk with a neighbor and
leave the driving to LANTA! Less stress means less chance
of heart disease and strokes. The short walks to and from
the bus can make a real difference to your body, too. Studies
show that our increased dependence on automobiles—particularly
for trips to places near our homes—is a significant factor
in obesity and global warming.
Much better for our environment: Public transit
produces less pollution. Buses produce 95% less carbon monoxide
per passenger mile than private vehicles. Riding the bus
increases energy efficiency. Public transit is twice as
efficient as private automobiles. Right now, using public
transportation saves 45 million barrels of oil each year.
Increased bus ridership means less space needed for parking
spaces. Space for landscaping, retail, residential development,
and other more desirable land uses could replace the hot
pavement, painted lines, and long walks. These facts and
figures are from the American Public Transportation Associations
"Facts on Public Transportation" available at http://www.apta.com.
Easier and cheaper than driving your car. You'll
experience less traffic congestion on LANTA, and you won't
have to search for parking. With a little planning, you
can replace many of the trips you make right now by car
with public transportation. With today's high gas prices,
you can save a lot of money by riding LANTA. Individual
savings will vary, of course, depending on the length of
the trip, but do the math based on what you're spending
for gas. You'll discover that riding the bus could save
you significant money over time. For even more savings -
buy a Fare Saver Ticket! See http://www.lantabus.org
for details on discount fares.
FACTS ABOUT LANTA
LANTA operates a network of 30 fixed bus routes throughout
the Lehigh Valley providing daily, late evening, Saturday,
and Sunday services. Chances are good you live within walking
distance of a LANTA Metro fixed route.
LANTA provided more than 5.25 million safe, economical,
environmentally friendly transit trips over the last year.
Currently more than half of all bus riders are on their
way to or from work.
LANTA's Metro Plus division arranges special door-to-door
service for people with disabilities and the elderly who
cannot ride the regular Metro fixed route system. Metro
Plus dispatches more than 100 accessible vans and mini-buses
daily. Metro Plus arranged more than 400,000 trips last
HOW YOU CAN HELP IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
You can help improve public transportation just by riding
the LANTA bus, any bus. If everyone in the Lehigh Valley
rode the bus once a month, LANTA would have twice the farebox
income each year. By riding the bus you become part of the
solution to congestion, pollution and road construction
costs. By riding the bus you become a participant in the
effort to change our transportation system and to provide
better options for everyone.
For information about specific buses or routes call LANTA
610 776-RIDE. For information about Metro Plus call 610
432-3200. For personal assistance with other questions about
riding the bus or to arrange a "Bus Buddy" for you or your
group's first bus trip call the CAT office at 610 954-5744
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experienced bus riders who would like to become a "Bus Buddy"
should call or email the CAT office today.
On Try Transit Day, the last Friday of the every month,
CAT makes a special effort to get new riders to try public
transportation. There are theme destinations, special discounts
and other incentives to try public transportation on Try
One way you can help after trying public transportation
is to write about your experience on the Try
Transit Day blog.
Become an advocate for public transportation just by riding
the bus. Make the smart choice and use LANTA.
For More Information:
Linda Merkel - Executive Director
America On Wheels Museum
5 N. Front St. Allentown, PA