For Immediate Release
November 6, 2017
Bob Philbin, CAT
Tom Reynolds, CAT
CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT BOARD REQUESTS PUBLIC REVIEW OF SERVICE EFFICIENCIES IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY, DAUPHIN COUNTY AND THE CITY OF HARRISBURG
(Harrisburg) — In a move to continue the ongoing efforts to improve transit in the Capital Region, Capital Area Transit (CAT) Board of Directors approved management’s plan to reduce inefficient Fixed Route service throughout the system. “Interim General Manager Tom Reynolds and the CAT Planning team conducted an analysis of the entire CAT system,” Robert Philbin, CAT spokesperson said following the November 3, 2017 board of directors meeting. The Board has reviewed the plan and directed that public hearings be conducted to gather public input into the process.
“Public input is fundamental to any service review process,” Philbin said, “so we will conduct public outreach meetings in the coming weeks, and where necessary, a Title VI analysis will ensure equity in any resulting service adjustments, as per Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
The board voted to proceed with the service efficiency review by 6-1, with one opposing vote from Cumberland County. This interim service will continue into 2018 as CAT expects to identify any service gaps from a PennDOT-funded study of the agency’s overall servicer.
Philbin said CAT public engagement meeting locations, dates, and times, would be announced in the coming days. “Following a public review and final service analysis, CAT management will present recommended service adjustments to the Board of Directors at the December 21 board meeting.”
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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