FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Some drivers in Broward who are struggling with high gas prices are considering alternatives to spending their hard-earned dollars at the pump.

Sil Lawrence thinks she may have found one which works for her, she’s thinking about taking the bus.

On Thursday, Broward County’s transit department will be offering free rides to promote their new, larger, fuel and eco-friendly hybrid buses in recognition of the national “Dump The Pump Day” which encourages drivers to save money on gasoline by taking public transportation.

“I’ll give it a try Thursday and you can look for me for sure, I’ll be on the front seat,” said Lawrence.

Broward’s transit division director Tim Garling hopes lots of drivers will follow Lawrence’s lead on Thursday and ‘dump the pump’ for a day.

“What we find when people come to the bus, they try it one time and they use it, they see it is cost efficient, they see it’s very east to use and we get return trips,” said Garling.

Twenty of the new articulated hybrid buses are now in service in the county; each is 65 long and can carry twice as many riders compared to your average bus. Garling said the larger, fuel-efficient buses saves the county money and they are better for the environment.

Lawrence said she likes the idea of riding free to check them out and save money.

“I think it’s a great idea because people are in need of help with their travels these days,” said Lawrence.


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