KATS offering free rides on Thursday

Matthew Lane • Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 8:44 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Area Transit Service is offering free rides for all bus passengers all day long on June 21 to celebrate national Dump the Pump Day.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) first started national Dump the Pump Day in June 2006, when gas prices reached $3 per gallon and the public demand for public transportation was growing in response to high gas prices.

According to the January 2018 APTA Transit Savings Report, on average, you and your spouse can save $9,700 a year when you downsize by one car and take public transit instead.

National Dump the Pump Day highlights the many benefits that public transportation brings to you and your community. Besides financial savings, public transportation spurs economic growth for towns and cities and also improves the environment and reduces our nation’s energy consumption.

To learn more about this promotion and others offered by KATS throughout the year, visit www.kingsporttransit.org.


KATS began in 1995 to serve the citizens of Kingsport. Today, the service has retooled bus routes to provide better and more efficient service to new and growing areas of Kingsport. KATS operates six vehicles on fixed route service Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. along with four vehicles for Dial-A-Ride passengers during the same service hours.

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