(Harrisburg) —  Following a series of recent “CAT Connect” community engagement meetings in the Allison Hill area of the City of Harrisburg, Capital Area Transit (CAT) will soon announce a final detour schedule for city buses in neighborhoods impacted by the closure of the Mulberry Street Bridge in early April.

“We received excellent input from the community at the two public meetings CAT held in Allison Hill over the last week,” Bob Philbin, CAT Planning, Customer Experience & Public Information Director, said today.

CAT’s detour plan will bypass the Mulberry Street Bridge by moving CAT’s seven routes that service Allison Hill along Derry Street to 13th and 17th Streets to the downtown Market Square Transfer Center via Market and State Streets. 

“CAT buses will continue to stop 227 times in Allison Hill each weekday, and 112 times each Saturday,” Philbin said.

Route 15, which connects downtown Harrisburg to the Osteopathic Hospital, in the vicinity of Union Deposit Road and the Point Mall, will now use 17th Street from Derry Street to State Street, providing full service to and from Hamilton Health Center located on 17th Street.

“CAT buses will stop at Hamilton Health Center 22 times a day in both directions,” Philbin added.  “This allows riders anywhere in the city and region to plan visits to the popular health center throughout the day.”

Last fall the city created an economic development KOZ zone along 17th Street, so the new CAT Route 15 will provide full transit service along that corridor, connecting the area directly to locations everywhere in the city and throughout Dauphin and Cumberland Counties.  

“CAT’s new routing will permanently open up transportation in this key economic development zone and improve access to vital health care services,” Philbin concluded.

CAT General Manager Bill Jones noted that the fine tuning of transit service in the area resulted directly from community input from the two CAT Connect public engagement meetings. 

“Our goal is to engage the public and translate community transit needs into CAT’s operations,” he said. 

Jones noted that CAT will be working closely with PennDOT, the City of Harrisburg and various Allison Hill community organizations throughout the Mulberry Street construction closure, which is scheduled from April 2 through December 22, 2014.

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. anticonvulsants

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