For immediate release
Friday, February 20, 2015
(Harrisburg) — Capital Area Transit responded today to media reports that Cumberland County officials have requested that the transit authority serving Dauphin and Cumberland Counties and the City of Harrisburg suspend its five-year capital plan.
Board Chairman Eric Bugaile commented in a letter to the board of directors today that: “After reviewing the plan, its funding sources, project commitments, and implementation time lines, I see no reason to halt the implementation of the plan at this time. I ask that we discuss this matter again at the upcoming board meeting on February 26, 2015, and reiterate Board consensus that management be directed to continue to implement the plan. Delaying could most assuredly cost us much more in the long run.”
The plan, which was unanimously approved by the board of directors publicly on May 29, 2014, was developed in support of the board’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016. Projects included in the plan were developed to support future regionalization and to position CAT to provide transit services in its operating area in the long-term future.
Additionally, it was noted that if the projects are not completed in a timely manner, CAT could potentially loose access to Federal, State and local funding revenue. PennDOT has offered technical assistance to plan the relocation of CAT’s operational facility, built for a trolley system in 1911, in anticipation of future regionalization of transit services in the capital region.
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, follow CAT on Twitter at @CATTransit, or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information. “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows.”