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Bay Town Trolley Participates In 'Dump & Pump'

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Lois Smith is a regular on the Bay Town Trolley.

"It saves money," said Smith. 

And she doesn't worry about the odds and ends.

"I don't have to pay insurance, never worry about changing tires on cars, and I can even talk to different people without having to watch where I'm going," said Smith. 

But Thursday, Smith and everyone else who steps on is riding is for free. The trolley service is participating in the 8th Annual National Dump the Pump day.

"Whether it's going to work or a social engagement, there are options that public transportation provides," said Mark Meeks with Bay Town Trolley.

It's an effort to encourage people to ditch their ride in order to save money and create a healthier environment.

The American Public Transportation Association says the average family will save nearly $10,000 by choosing public transportation. 

"The carbon footprint is an issue we're all dealing with and public transportation is an option to mitigate the carbon footprint that we all seem to have a problem generating," said Meeks. 

Trolley regulars highly recommend it.

"It's very fun," said Iesha Bananga. " You see everything and it's good exercise, walking.

"With gas prices and like I said insurance," said Smith. 

So why not give it a test drive? Except sit back and relax, because you don't have to be in the drivers seat.

"I think they ought to try it," said Smith. "It can't hurt to try it."