(Harrisburg) — In advance of May transit service changes to the Carlisle Circulator and other routes serving the Borough, Capital Area Transit will hold four public outreach sessions in Carlisle Borough this week according to Robert Philbin, CAT spokesperson.
“Service changes CAT’s Planning Department are looking at right now would adjust service where needed based on almost two years of ridership data and input from a number of public outreach meetings,” Philbin said.
CAT is also reviewing bus service to warehouse employers along Interstate 81. “We implemented some employer service in January that connected job seekers in Steelton and the City of Harrisburg in Dauphin County to the warehouse employers based on requests from Cumberland County planning officials and a group of stakeholders that included Amazon, the Salvation Army and others,” Philbin said.
“That service was put in place quickly to respond to the need for seasonal employees with the understanding that some of those jobs would become permanent,” Philbin said.
CAT’s May service reviews usually include modifications for summer service in the CAT system, including summer employment needs in Dauphin County as well.
“CAT planners have been working on creating community-oriented service during the mid-day in both counties to include shorter routes with more frequent bus trips. These service adjustments would better connect suburban communities – like Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg — without the need to travel to downtown Harrisburg. Other routes in the system will be adjusted to improve on-time reliability,” Philbin added. “We’re also looking at an innovative new route in the Capital Complex and downtown City of Harrisburg.”
As CAT plans for future transit needs in its service area, it is important that CAT riders and potential users are included in the planning process, and CAT has scheduled a series of public engagement meetings in Cumberland County, Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg to gather public input and recommendations which will be incorporated into the overall CAT transit planning process.
“We are required by federal and state regulations to engage and involve the public at various stages in the transit planning process,” Philbin said.
CAT will kick off the pre-planning public engagement process in Carlisle Borough with four public outreach sessions next week at the following locations:
|03/08/16||10:00am – 12:00pm|
|Carlisle Court House||03/09/16||10:00am-12:00pm|
|Carlisle Borough Office||03/09/16||1:00pm-3:00pm|
The public is invited to each location to take part in the planning process, review proposed route changes, trip plans and to express their opinion and ideas concerning tentative CAT service changes in May.
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 www.cattransit.com, 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.”