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  JOHN COOK                                                                             ANN MORGAN LILLY, DISTRICT 1
    MAYOR                                                                               SUSANNAH M. BYRD, DISTRICT 2
                                                                                      J. ALEXANDRO LOZANO, DISTRICT 3
 JOYCE WILSON                                                                             MELINA CASTRO, DISTRICT 4
 CITY MANAGER                                                                            PRESI ORTEGA, JR., DISTRICT 5
                                                                                        EDDIE HOLGUIN, JR., DISTRICT 6
                                                                                           STEVE ORTEGA, DISTRICT 7
  TIM OMICK                                                                               BETO O’ROURKE, DISTRICT 8
   DIRECTOR
                                      SUN METRO
                               MASS TRANSIT DEPARTMENT


NEWS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Contact: Cynthia Grajeda, PIO @ 915.534.5838 or 915.472.5949 (mobile)
June 20, 2007


Beat High Gas Prices, Reduce Traffic, Save the Environment
                    Ride Sun Metro and Dump the Pump on June 21st

EL PASO, TEXAS – With rising gas prices and environmental concerns lurking in
everyone’s mind, Sun Metro invites the public to participate in the Second Annual
National Dump the Pump Day on June 21st by riding the bus and helping our nation to
become more energy efficient- one ride at a time.


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) sponsors Dump the Pump day
in an effort to encourage people to ride public transportation to help improve the
environment and to conserve gasoline. “Sun Metro continues to make improvements to
the current system not only to provide an increasingly reliable service to current users,
but also to encourage new riders to make Sun Metro their transportation choice,” says
Director, Tim Omick.


Sun Metro is also leading the way to providing a transit system powered by clean
burning fuels that produce considerably fewer harmful emissions than diesel. According
to the U.S. Department of Energy, “medium and heavy-duty natural gas engines have




        700-A SAN FRANCISCO • EL PASO, TEXAS 79901 • 915.533.1220 • 915.534.5816 FAX • WWW.ELPASOTX.GOV
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demonstrated over 90% reductions of carbon monoxide and more than 50% reduction
in nitrogen oxides relative to diesel engines”.


   •   Sun Metro announces your opportunity to tell us why you’re in favor of
       Dumping the Pump!


Are you troubled by our dependence on foreign oil? Are you committed to doing
something about global warming? Have you been waiting for your 15 minutes of fame?
Well stop asking and start acting as the star of your own commercial. It’s time for you to
take action and show us why you think we should “Dump the Pump” in favor of public
transportation. Send us your idea for a commercial encouraging folks to use public
transportation. If your idea is chosen, you’ll win a free monthly pass and be part of the
commercial!
   •   Please submit your commercial idea online @ www.elpasotexas.gov/sunmetro
or send it via regular mail by July 21st, 2007 or call 533-3333 for more information.


                               Operation Dump the Pump
                                     700-A San Francisco
                                     El Paso, Texas 79901


Did you know?
   •   Public transportation use in the U.S. saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline per year
       which translates to 4 million gallons of gasoline per day.
   •   The typical public transit rider consumes, on average, one half of the oil
       consumed by an automobile rider.
   •   Each year public transportation households save over $7,500 in gas and vehicle
       expenses.
   •   Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide (CO) and nearly
       50 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), per passenger
       mile that private vehicles.
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