MODESTO — Modesto's public transit system has joined a national effort that encourages residents to save their gas money and ride the bus. Modesto Area Express is offering free ride coupons in The Bee, welcoming new riders and thanking regular bus passengers.
The coupons are good for bus rides on MAX in Modesto until July 6.
The free rides are part of the eighth annual National Dump the Pump Day this Thursday, which started in 2006.
This year, the national effort emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient and affordable travel option. City officials said saving money is on everyone's minds, and public transportation is the best way to beat high gas prices.
For more about Modesto Area Express and other public transit options, go to www.modestoareaexpress.com or call (209) 521-1274.
For more information on National Dump the Pump Day, go to the American Public Transportation Association website, www.apta.com.