CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT RIDER “TIMES” COMPARE WELL WITH NATIONAL AVERAGES

(Harrisburg) —  Transit riders across the U.S. wait approximately 40 minutes per day for a bus or train according to a recent survey, while a CAT Customer Experience survey last week found that 55.38% of CAT riders wait 10 minutes or less for a CAT bus, and 75.39% of all CAT riders wait less than 15 minutes for a bus. 

When it comes to “time spent on public transit,” CAT again compared favorably. Nationally, riders spend on average 105 minutes per day on public transit, with New York City leading the nation with an average ride time of 149 minutes.

The CAT survey found 59.63% of CAT riders spend 30 minutes or less riding a CAT bus.  The national average combined wait and ride time is 105 minutes per day, versus the CAT typical rider combined transit time of about 45 minutes.

“Ride times vary by distance, traffic conditions and transit mode,” Bob Philbin, CAT spokesperson, said, “however, our survey of more than 200 CAT riders indicates our riders spend less time waiting and riding a CAT bus than the national averages.”

“A typical CAT rider saves about an hour a day, or 20 work commute hours a month in transit time when compared to the national average,”  he added.

Capital Area Transit was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized CAT to provide mass transit Fixed-Route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transport about 3 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region. 

Visit www.cattransit.com  or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information.  “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows.”

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