For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 19, 2016
(Harrisburg) — There’s a new bus Route 2 coming to the downtown Capitol City, and just in time for summer fun in the City. On May 23, Capital Area Transit will introduce new downtown circulator service that connects historic Shipoke with the Broad Street Market, and the Capitol Complex with the Riverfront Office Center (PennDOT license center), Monday through Fridays, 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, says CAT spokesperson Robert Philbin.
“We’re excited about this new service because it will have a positive impact on downtown circulation and economic development, improving access to parking, jobs, and, from 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM, the service will conveniently connect downtown pedestrians to the Midtown Broad Street Market area along Third Street,” he said.
“This broadens weekday pedestrian circulation from the downtown to midtown, expanding access to jobs during commute times, as well as access to parking facilities and retail restaurants and shops during mid-day lunch hours,” Philbin added.
Route 2 service will circulate all day, every 30 minutes, from the Second and Market Streets Transfer Center to the Harrisburg Transportation Center on Market Street and proceed to 7th and Boas Streets, Commonwealth Avenue and North Street, back to the Transportation Center Aberdeen Alley bus stop, and end at the Riverfront Office Center.
Commuters entering the city on connecting routes who are destined for the Riverfront Office Center, are advised to exit the bus at the Harrisburg Train Station and pick up the Route 2 bus at the Train Station stop at Aberdeen Ally to save time by directly connecting to the Riverfront Office Center.
“Commuters destined for the Riverfront Office Center can save 30 minutes by connecting at the Transportation Center and taking the Route 2 directly to the office center, rather than riding to the downtown Transfer Center,” Philbin said.
“It’s a short walk from Third Street to downtown parking garages, so workers and visitors who park downtown can now conveniently access both the downtown and mid-town areas throughout the day,” he said. “Those who ride or park near the Transportation Center can pick up the Route 2 Bus to reach buildings in the Capitol Complex area and along Commonwealth Avenue.”
Philbin said the new Route 2 is part of nine service changes to be implemented on May 23 throughout the CAT system in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties as well as the City of Harrisburg. For more information, visit the CAT website, www.cattransit.com, or call 717-238-8304.
“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.”
Philbin said CAT has been actively involved in the City’s Comprehensive Plan development and will be refining and adjusting service as the plan evolves. “CAT and public transit are very much a part of the future of the City of Harrisburg,” he said. “Public transit is essential to economic growth, environmental improvement, and a sense of shared community.”
The changes will result in more efficient community-related service with no cost increase to the overall system.
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.”
Robert J. Philbin
Director, Public Information & Customer Experience
CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT
Cumberland-Dauphin-Harrisburg Transit Authority
901 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101