Leonardtown, MD –The week ofMay 14 – 19marks the 66thNational Transportation Week celebration. The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about public transportation and its benefits by encouraging citizens to utilize public transit systems. On May 16, 1957, Congress approved the thirdFridayin May each year as National Defense Transportation Day. In 1962, Congress updated the request to include the whole week as National Transportation Week to celebrate the community of transportation professionals who keep our country moving. In recognition to the important work of transportation professionals, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County has declared National transportation Week in the county.

Back onMarch 10, the American Public Transportation Association launched the “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows” campaign, which seeks to effectively brand public transportation in today’s realities and reposition efforts to communicate to the wider community about public transportation.

“Special events scheduled throughout the week include distribution of STS passenger appreciation items to transit bus riders on May 14 – 15, Veterans Ride-All-Day for a Dollar Events on May 16 – 17, Driver of the Year recognition on May 17, Ride-All-Day for a dollar promotion days onMay 18 – 19to encourage transit ridership,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4thDistrict). “STS Bus Driver / Mechanic Crew Appreciation Day on May 17 and “Stuff the Bus” events onMay 19will help replenish local food banks with non-perishable foods.”

The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation plans to celebrate the American Public Transportation Association’s 13thannual “National Dump the Pump Day” onJune 21.

Commissioners say National Transportation Week provides a great opportunity for all citizens to use public transportation as it is an important part of our nation’s transportation system and provides an affordable and, for many, a necessary alternative to driving.

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