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To ensure the safety of all concerned and to prevent CAT drivers from having to drop off passengers at the corner of Walnut and Commonwealth and then having to immediately cross over three lanes of traffic to enter into Aberdeen Alley, all inbound Route 17 buses will now drop off their passengers in Aberdeen Alley, once the bus has safely moved into the alley a reasonable distance.   

CAT Detour Routes Start Mon., March 31; Mulberry St Bridge Closes Wed., April 2

(Harrisburg) — As the April 2 closure date for Mulberry Street Bridge repairs approaches, Capital Area Transit (CAT) has finalized public engagement meetings and detour route changes, and will commence new service on Monday, March 31st, according to Bill Jones, CAT general manager.

“CAT is ready to implement excellent detour transit service throughout the Allison Hill and South Harrisburg communities which are most impacted by the closure,” Jones said today. “We will tweak the routes as we go, but we’ve developed an excellent detour plan and we have an excellent workforce in place to deliver CAT service.”

Bob Philbin, CAT director of planning, customer experience & public information, said detour maps and customer schedules are prepared for distribution throughout the system, on buses and in retail locations around the city, starting Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

“We’ve held four CATConnect public engagement meetings in Allison Hill, South Harrisburg and Rutherford, areas impacted by the bridge closing,” Philbin said.

The public engagement meetings resulted in service adjustments that improved service throughout the community transit grids, with emphasis on a new Route 17 to provide additional service along State St. to 17th Street, to Derry St.

“CAT buses will now stop 26 times a day at Hamilton Health Center on 17th Street,” he added.  “Using connections, riders can reach Hamilton Health Center in under 32 minutes from anywhere in the City of Harrisburg.”

Philbin said a concern for pedestrian safety also came out in the community meetings and “CAT is working closely with the City, PennDOT, and local community organizations to assure pedestrian safety during the bridge closure.”

CAT will also host a public press conference at the bridge site on Friday, March 28.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, CAT was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized Capital Area Transit to provide mass transit fixed-route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transports about 3 million riders a year in the capital region.


Concurrent with the closing of the Mulberry Street Bridge, CAT will be making changes to schedule times and routing: 

NOTICE – SVC CHGS-2014.03.31-1


Due to ongoing construction along 3rd St, after 6:30 p.m. bus will detour as follows:

  • Down 2nd St from Forester St to Reilly
  • Right on Reilly to 6th St
  • Continue on 6th to Uptown Shopping Center
  • From Uptown, take regular route coming in on 3rd as far Reilly
  • Right on Reilly to Front St
  • Left on Front to Forster, right onto 3rd

Passengers will have to wait along this detour route and flag down the bus

Detour Alert – Route F – Enola

Beginning Monday, June 10, 2013, Enola Rd (Rte 944) at Rte 11-15 will be closed to westbound traffic onto Enola Dr or Rte 944.  Outbound buses will use Rte 11/15 north and turn onto Enola St (next to Tavern on the Hill sign) then turn at the curve onto South St and follow South St to Enola Drive and back to regular route.

Inbound buses will be on South Enola Drive until Fairview, then will make left and go down to 11/15.

This detour will remain in effect until Summer 2015 according to Penn-Dot District 8.