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Valley Metro urges motorists to 'Dump the Pump' today

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona motorists will pay anywhere from $3.55 to $3.70 this summer for a gallon of gasoline, but those numbers could go up if the turmoil in Iraq continues, according to AAA-Arizona.

Gas prices have typically dropped a little in the month of June but due to the insurgents' movement in Iraq, that trend is not likely to happen this summer.

Oil experts said the average price for a gallon of gas has increased 4 percent in just the last two weeks.

Today, Valley Metro, the Valley's public transportation system, is having a Dump the Pump event to promote the use of carpooling, mass transit, telecommuting or biking and walking to work instead of driving.

Typically as gas prices start to soar there is a slight increase in public transit use.

"We are beginning to see the Valley's reliance on cars start to lessen as public transportation options increase and people become more concerned with the environment, traffic congestion and the cost of gas," said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. "Dump the Pump day is a good way to encourage people to try an alternative mode of transportation for the first time."

Valley residents who pledge to dump the pump will be entered to win a staycation at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa. Pledge online today through June 19. Click here for the online pledge form.

Click here to plan your transit trip. Click here to find a carpool, vanpool or to learn about other alternative modes of transportation.

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