CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT TO KICK-OFF WINTER SERVICE JANUARY 12, 2015

(Harrisburg) – Capital Area Transit (CAT) will begin winter service on Monday, January 12, 2015 with new service in Cumberland County, the City of Harrisburg and Dauphin County.

New bus service will include Route 27 with service from S. 17th Street in South Harrisburg to the Hamilton Health Center, the downtown Transfer Center and other destinations.  An extension of Route F Enola service in Cumberland County will include the new West Shore Hospital, Technology Parkway and Wertzville Road via E. Penn Drive, Salt Road and Valley Road.  

In compliance with FTA Title VI and Environmental Justice requirements, CAT’s Public Information team will conduct public engagement meetings in both areas before and after the service is launched.  Riders will be surveyed in March, after service has been in effect.  Public schedules will be available on line at www.cattransit.com, on buses, and in various locations throughout the CAT service area after January 1, 2015.

“We were originally looking at a late December start date,”  Bob Philbin, CAT Spokesperson, said today.  “We’ve added 14 days to provide for technology upgrades at CAT and to allow some additional time for the opening of the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg.” 

In addition to the new service, CAT Routes 8, 19, 20 and 322 will revert back to using the Mulberry Street Bridge into downtown Harrisburg on January 12, 2015. 

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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