For Immediate Release
July 5, 2017
(Harrisburg) — Capital Area Transit (CAT) Planning Department reports about a 10% increase in Bicycle Ridership year to date this year, over the same period last year. From January to June 2016 ridership reached 5,501 bikes; versus 6,086 to date this year, for about a 10% increase in ridership.
“Climate is an important factor in bike on bus ridership,” CAT spokesperson Robert Philbin said. “It’s good to see these numbers trending up because that’s 585 additional automobiles not on the road this season, helping to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions.” Additionally, the consistent bike rider saves about $9,000 per year in car, gas, and parking expenses.
CAT Bus Routes with the largest Bike Ridership include Routes 12, 8, C, and M.
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 million riders a year in the one 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 today. “Where CAT goes, community grows.”