HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the city of Hattiesburg.
The City of Hattiesburg Area Transit officials announce that they will be observing "Try Transit Day" on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Try Transit Day calls upon all citizens to join in a nationwide effort to promote the benefits of transit and encourage new riders to try transit!
During the celebration, Hub City Transit will offer free transportation to all of the Hattiesburg area citizens as motorists are encouraged to give up their cars for a day and use alternate modes of travel, including transit, biking, and walking.
"As our population expands and congestion grows in the City of Hattiesburg, so does the demand for alternate modes of transportation," said Vincent Nelms, Hub City Transit Division Manager.
"Each year, we see more people elect to leave the car at home and use public transportation to get to places like work, a restaurant, a doctor's office – all while avoiding the hassle of driving through traffic.
This June 16th, we invite those who have yet to use transit to experience how they can save time, gas, and money during Try Transit Day."
According to the American Public Transportation Association, the average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of that goes to common car expenses. Relying on public transit as opposed to the family car helps reduce these expenses, saving the average family up to $10,000 a year.
Hub City Transit invites all of the citizens to experience the technological upgrades and improvements to their system by downloading the Google Transit App on their Smartphone and laptops.
The improved app will give riders valuable information such as which bus to use and the route of their destination.
In recognition of this day, an appreciation ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Hattiesburg Train Depot located at 308 Newman Street. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. For more information on Try Transit Day, please contact Hub City Transit at 601-545-4670 or check out the city's website.