A statement from CRT President Doug Funke
Dump The Pump (DTP) Day is June 21st. This is when we minimize car-based (fossil-fuel-intensive) travel as a way to: (1) highlight approaches for, and the importance of, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) generation; and (2) begin breaking our fossil fuel intensive travel habits.
This year, Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) Executive Board members have pledged to minimize car-based travel by taking transit on DTP Day and throughout DTP Week (June 18th through 22nd). Please join us in leaving our cars at home and walking, biking or taking transit to work and appointments. Take the pledge here.
Promoting the use of transit is especially important now as we face unprecedented threats to the planet from climate change. County Executive Poloncarz’s January 2018 “Erie County Commits to Paris” report makes clear that meeting the Paris Climate Accord emission reduction goals will require changes in how we travel. With 40% of Erie County’s GHG production coming from the transportation sector (the largest contributing sector), moving people from car-based travel to public transit is essential. As French President Macron put it, “there is no Planet B.”
We hope you will join us in dumping the pump during DTP Week. See you on the bus and train!
This insight brief describes the potential for commuter rail service on the Niagara Branch between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Currently this corridor is owned by CSX but most notably supports existing Amtrak service. The brief was provided at the CRT Quarterly Meeting on May 1, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church.
Study author: Aaron Krolikowski, PhD.