CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT ANNOUNCES NEW MAY 23RD SYSTEM SERVICE CHANGES

For immediate release

Friday, May 20, 2016

 

Contacts:

Bob Philbin
rphilbin@cattransit.com
717-233-5657

Bill Jones
wjones@cattransit.com
717-233-5657

Harrisburg, PA — On Monday, May 23, 2016, Capital Area Transit (CAT) will implement a new service schedule which includes a new downtown Harrisburg shuttle providing service every 30-minutes around the downtown area, including the State Capitol Complex, Riverfront Office Center, Harrisburg Train Station with access to downtown parking and, from 10:00 to 2:00 PM, expanded service to include the Broad Street Market in Midtown Harrisburg.

“This service is designed to help with the parking situation in the city and better circulate pedestrians around the downtown and mid-town City areas,” CAT spokesman Robert Philbin said.  “CAT has been involved in the City’s Comprehensive Planning process,” he said, “and this transit service will reduce the need to drive in the downtown area and help with economic development in the mid-town area.”

The new Route 2 in Downtown Harrisburg is one of several service changes to be implemented on May 23rd  throughout the CAT system in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties. For more information, please visit the CAT website, www.cattransit.com, or call 717-238-8304.

Philbin noted that service changes include two reconfigured circulator routes, which connect communities on the East and West Shores without the necessity of traveling downtown to the CAT Transportation Center in downtown Harrisburg to connect. 

On the East Shore, Riders can travel on Route 18 to and from the Giant food store in the Klein Village Shopping Center in Hill Section of Harrisburg, to retail, health care, educational and other destinations in suburban Union Deposit and Rutherford areas directly, without the need to connect at the CAT downtown Transit Center.

Similarly in Cumberland County, riders on Route M can connect at the Camp Hill Mall to Market Street in Mechanicsburg without going to downtown to the Harrisburg Transfer Center at Second and Market Streets.  

“This connects Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg without the need to travel downtown,” Philbin said.  “We’re adjusting CAT suburban service to meet changing transit needs resulting from years of economic development and shifting population densities in suburban Harrisburg communities.”

CAT has modified the Carlisle Circulator service to eliminate under-used stops and improve efficiency.

“We have expanded service to the warehouses along Rt. 81 in Carlisle to better coordinate shift times and improve service to workers traveling from Harrisburg and Enola to Carlisle,” he said.

New service Maps and schedules are available on line at cattransit.com as well as on CAT buses and at numerous and various locations throughout the CAT public transit service areas in Dauphin and Cumberland counties and the City of Harrisburg.

“These service changes are a result of public hearings held recently in the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin and Cumberland counties, and a Civil Rights Act (1964) Title VI Equity Analysis,” Philbin said.  “The CAT Board of Directors approved the service changes on April 28, 2016.”

A complete list of CAT service changes follows:

(See CAT website for more details)

Effective Monday, May 23, 2016

New Route: Route 2

Capitol Complex / ROC. New service between Capitol Complex and Riverfront Office Complex. Passengers traveling to ROC board bus at time point 6 Train Station at Aberdeen Alley.

Route 3: Third Street

Time points have been adjusted.

Route 7: Middletown

Time points adjusted; additional evening trip (outbound and inbound) and trips to ROC eliminated. For ROC service see Route 2

Route 12: Colonial Park

Colonial Commons / Gateway / Linglestown Time points adjusted

Route 14: Union Deposit / Four Seasons

Reroute bus to bus stop on Ontario Drive in Twin Lakes Manor Apartments.

 Route 16: Pennswood

Reroute bus to bus stop at Lakewood Hills Apartment and Eagle’s Crest Apartments.

Route 17

Hamilton Health Center/Kline Village Renamed. Route will end at Kline Village Giant and connect to Route 18 for service to Union Deposit area.

Route 18: Kline Village to Union Deposit / Rutherford

New service from Kline Village to Union Deposit/Rutherford

Route 39: Herr Street / Blue Mountain Commons

Time points adjusted

Route 322: Hershey Hummelstown

Reroute 10:25 am outbound trip to bus stop at Hummelstown Park & Ride (stop time 10:43 am)

Route C: Carlisle Local

Time points adjusted. Added midday trips between Carlisle Commons and Camp Hill Mall. Individuals needing to travel to/from Harrisburg during midday can connect with Route M at Camp Hill Mall

Carlisle Circulator: Weekday

Time points adjusted. Elimination of service to Army War College. Elimination of last two evening loops (7:45 pm & 8:30 pm) due to low ridership and elimination of Friday only late night service.

Addition of 4 trips to/from Carlisle Warehouse District.

Carlisle Circulator: Saturday

Time points adjusted.

Route W Allen Road Warehouses

Renamed from Route C. Allen Road Warehouses; eliminated 4:14 am trip to Carlisle Warehouse District and 4:45 pm trip from Carlisle Warehouse District due to low ridership; addition of AM trip (outbound and inbound) between Harrisburg Transportation Center (Train Station) and Carlisle Warehouse District through Enola. Addition of PM trip (outbound and inbound) between Harrisburg Transportation Center (Train Station) and Carlisle Warehouse District through Enola.

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.”

 

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