(Harrisburg) —   At the monthly Capital Area Transit (CAT) board of directors meeting, held Thursday, October 29, preliminary cost containment results were reviewed by general manager Bill Jones.

“We have already seen a positive impact resulting from the containment strategies in the workforce,” Jones said.  

“Since September we have seen cost savings in several employee areas resulting from the new labor contract and a commitment to excellence in performance by CAT employees.  These savings include a 33.53% reduction in sick calls, 54.55% decline in personal days which translates into a 41.2% decline in unscheduled overtime,” Jones noted. 

“These are preliminary results which we will track and publicly report over time,” Jones added.

Chad Saylor, Dauphin County Chief Clerk and CAT board member, commented at the public board meeting, “This is a positive step in the right direction.  It’s good news and we look forward to a complete report of cost containment results in the next 60 days.”

Jones also thanked John Keller, president, ATU Division 1436, for his and members hard work, cooperation, and commitment to improving cost efficiency and service excellence in the third largest transit authority in Pennsylvania.

“We are a team working together toward the same goals – efficient, cost-effective transit service throughout the capital region,” Jones said.

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.  

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