For Immediate Release
CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT DECLARES DOWNTOWN HARRISBURG TRANSFER CENTER A SMOKE FREE AREA
(Harrisburg) — Capital Area Transit (CAT) has declared the downtown CAT Harrisburg Transit Center, located at Second and Market Streets, a non-smoking zone in compliance with Chapter 6-331.6(7) City of Harrisburg Smoke-Free Air Law, CAT spokesperson Robert Philbin announced today.
The ban goes into effect today, August 14, 2017, and prohibits smoking in or around the bus shelters and boarding areas in the outdoor space leased by Capital Area Transit from the City of Harrisburg and located at S. Second St., bounded by Market St. on the North and Blackberry St. on the South. Non-Smoking signs are posted throughout the area.
Violators will be subject to a $50 fine. CAT, as operator in control of the area regulated by the City law, shall request that any person violating the provisions of the law, either cease the violation immediately, or leave the premises. The law is enforced by the Director of the Bureau of Code Enforcement, the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Enrichment, and/or the City of Harrisburg Chief of Police.
“This action will help create a better environment at the CAT downtown Transfer Center,” Tom Reynolds, CAT General Manager, said. “The area will be smoke-free and cleaner and healthier for CAT passengers as well as the general public in the vicinity of Market Square.”
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.