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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Today is “Dump the Pump” day

Today the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country are celebrating the 9th annual Dump the Pump Day.

The event encourages people to ride public transportation and save money.

The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $10,174 a year.

And locally, that resonates with those commuting up I-95 to Washington D.C. every day.

More than 228,000 Washington area residents are “mega-commuters,” meaning that they live more than 50 miles and longer than 90 minutes away from their workplaces.

One area group, the Vanpool Alliance is working with Dump the Pump day to reduce the number of cars on the road. The Alliance is a public-private partnership created to enhance commuter travel options, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality in the region.

According to the Alliance, vanpooling is a popular commute mode in the Northern Virginia area. In fact, Vanpool Alliance was formed to help support Northern Virginia region vanpools maintain drivers and ridership. There are more than 3,500 people and 300 vans in the program.

The program offers ridematching services to the general public and also supports vanpool vendors by helping keep their vehicles occupied.

Find out more about how you can get involved in the Vanpool Alliance here, and more about Dump the Pump Day here.