August 11, 2017
CAT CONNECTS HUMAN TRAFFICKING, “SAFE PLACE” AND YWCA
FOR “BUSES ARE SAFE PLACES” DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM
(Harrisburg) — Capital Area Transit (CAT) is training all CAT Drivers how to respond to serious community issues like Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Runaway Youths as part of CAT Driver Training for its “Buses are Safe Places” program. All Drivers will be prepared in the event they encounter such situations as they travel throughout Dauphin and Cumberland counties and the City of Harrisburg.
“CAT Drivers are the eyes and ears on community streets,” Tom Reynolds, CAT Interim General Manager, said today.
“They observe what’s going on all around them, and if someone needs a Safe Place, she or he can board a bus and make it known to the CAT driver that they need help. Our drivers are trained to be the first step to make sure the child or person at risk is taken to safety.” He added.
The training includes Human Trafficking materials provided by PennDOT and The National Safe Place, as well as Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women information provided by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. Capital Area Transit’s “Buses are Safe Places” program is the first in the nation, according to The National Safe Place Network, Louisville, Kentucky, that includes training above and beyond assisting runaways. An Ad campaign promoting the Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence hotline service –- 1-800-654-1211 — sponsored by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, appears on CAT buses through October.
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 @CATTransitPA and @CATTransit, or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information today. “Where CAT goes, community grows.”