For Immediate Release
Friday, January 5, 2018
CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT BOARD APPROVES 2018 SERVICE EFFICIENCIES, RESULTING IN $439,410 ANNUAL COST REDUCTION
(Harrisburg) — Capital Area Transit (CAT) Board of Directors unanimously approved an approximate 8% reduction in service, resulting in approximately $160,000 in savings for the period from the implementation of the new service, on February 19, 2018, to end of the CAT fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget year on June 30, 2018.
As a result of both staff planning and public engagement meetings, the Board decided to reduce the number of separate bus trips throughout the system, as staff recommended, while maintaining both the F Enola Route and the 3/6 Night Loop at reduced service levels.
Additionally, the Board approved planned efficiencies in Administration costs by eliminating CAT’s unfilled budgeted Administration positions that will result in an additional $279,410, bringing CAT total annual cost savings to $439,410.
“These Board actions significantly improve the financial climate at CAT,” Tom Reynolds, Interim General Manager, said. “These efficiencies, along with new performance measurements, are the initial steps to improving CAT’s financial standing so it can better serve residents in the capital region for years into the future.”
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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