CAT Improves Service to Harrisburg City Island; Better connections to State Capitol, Downtown Jobs, HACC, and Entire Service Area

(Harrisburg) – Capital Area Transit (CAT) has expanded and integrated service to and from City Island, in the City of Harrisburg, to connect with key City and system-wide destinations, Robert Philbin, Director of Planning, Customer Experience and Public Information, said today.

City Island is a daily destination for commuters, who work in the city and park on City Island, as well as visitors who come to the city for a variety of reasons, as well as to participate in city events throughout the year.

“We realigned service to this important destination and connected it efficiently to downtown Harrisburg circulator routes, assuring city visitors convenient access to downtown Harrisburg, the PA State Capitol Complex and other popular destinations,”  Philbin added.

The result is 56 weekday and 12 Saturday trips to and from City Island in both directions, connecting to the CAT transfer center, downtown business area, as well as Strawberry Square, Hilton Hotel, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Morning and evening peak City Island service via CAT routes A,B,C (locals) and D, directly connect to the Capitol Complex via Commonwealth Avenue.  Additionally, mid-day weekday service on CAT route 9 directly connects to and from City Island to downtown Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College. 

“Commuters, visitors and students can now access key destinations in the city while conveniently parking on City Island,”  Philbin said.

CAT has efficiently realigned existing service to access parking and events on City Island and connect visitors to the downtown transfer center while reducing operational costs approximately 30 hours per week and 130 miles per week.  

Travel time from City Island CAT Shelters to downtown is about 3 minutes, wait time has been reduced 50% and the fare is just 75 cents. All connecting route information, including weekday and Saturday departure times and connecting routes, is available at the City Island CAT Market Street Bridge Shelters and on line at  CAT will continue to review all routes and system-wide service to maximize rider experience and agency efficiency.

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 2.5 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region.  Visit, follow CAT on Facebook or Twitter at @CATTransit, or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information.  “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows.”


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