Monday, November 20, 2017
Tom Reynolds, CAT
Bob Philbin, CAT
CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS TO REVIEW PROPOSED 2018 SERVICE CHANGES
(Harrisburg) – Capital Area Transit (CAT) will hold public outreach meetings in early December to gather public input for the transit agency’s proposed service changes which would increase efficiency and reduce operational costs, Tom Reynolds, Interim General Manager, announced today.
“We will include public recommendations in the 2018 service plan and then bring the plan for Board approval at the December 21st Board of Directors meeting,” Reynolds said.
CAT proposes to discontinue Route 3/6 Night Loop, and Route F-Enola, due to low productivity and ridership. Several Routes will be consolidated into other Routes to improve efficiency and a number of changes in headways will improve on-time performance and simplify public schedules.
Public outreach meetings will soon be scheduled at East Pennsboro Borough Hall, Colonial Park Shopping Center, and Carlisle Borough Hall in early December. More specific information will be provided when the public meeting scheduled is finalized.
Where there is more than 25% change in service, CAT will conduct a Title VI review to assure transportation equity and eliminate any demographic disparities in transit service.
Once approved, the proposed service changes will go into effect in January, 2018. CAT estimates about a million dollars in savings will result from the new service adjustments. “We have designed the new service plan to cause minimal impact on the vast majority of CAT riders,” Reynolds said.
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 thousand square mile capital region.
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