Bill Jones

Bob Philbin


(Harrisburg) – There is big consumer value in riding the Capital Area Transit (CAT) system — in fact the average annual savings to public transit riders is $10,064, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) transit savings report.

In addition to reducing the carbon footprint and easing traffic congestion, individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving saved on average more than $839 last month, APTA reports.

Savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the August average national gas price ($3.47 per gallon- according to AAA), and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers (about $166 per month).   

Harrisburg unreserved monthly parking rates, for example, average about $170, with reserved rates at around $230 per month.  Over the course of a year, unreserved parking costs in Harrisburg can be more than $2,000 with reserved rates at $2,700 per vehicle.  The national average annual rider savings amounts to $10,068, according to APTA. (To calculate your individual savings, with or without car ownership, go to ) 

For commuters who have never ridden the bus to work, September is the perfect time to take that next step and give CAT a try.  In addition to saving money and a hassle-free commute, modern bus service offers many amenities from Wi-Fi and bike racks to express service and more.

Commuter Services of Pennsylvania invites commuters to participate in Try Transit Month. Those who log their transit trips to work during the month of September will be entered to win a monthly transitpass and other prizes, including an Amazon Kindle or 2 round-trip tickets to New York City on the Amtrak®Visit here for more information.

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 thousand square mile capital region. Visit for more information.  “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows”.

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