May 17, 2018

Contact:  Robert Philbin, Director Public Information & Customer Experience,; 717-233-5657





(Harrisburg) – Capital Area Transit (CAT) announces the introduction of 2018 summer service on Monday, May 21, including a new Articulated Bus to transport employees and others residing in Harrisburg to their jobs in Hershey PA, according to Richard Farr, CAT Executive Director.

“This is the 15th consecutive year of summer service between Harrisburg and Hershey Park and other Hershey properties,” Farr said today.  “Over the years, we have transported 261,478 riders, mostly Hershey employees, from Harrisburg to Hershey properties.”

CAT anticipates it will carry close to 35,000 riders to Hershey properties throughout this summer season.  Summer service kicks-off Monday, May 21, 2018, and runs through the summer until Labor Day.

Farr noted an important change this year. “CAT entered into a public-private partnership agreement with Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company (HERCO),” by which Hershey is providing ‘local match’ funding of $10,040 to purchase a 60-seat Articulated Bus for use on the CAT Hershey Park (HP) Route.”

Use of the “double bus” Articulated vehicle will reduce costs and crowding by increasing the number of riders per trip.  The special bus is expected to be delivered in July and then prepared for service with a Hershey Advertising campaign. 

In addition to the new Hershey Park route, CAT will implement the following additional service adjustments also effective Monday, May 21, 2018:

  • Route 9 – Discontinuation of service to PA Game Commission
  • Route 12 – Time adjustment of 5:15 PM inbound trip
  • Route 39 – Discontinuation of Vartan Way deviation (6:30 AM trip)
  • Route 322 – Time adjustment of 7:45 AM inbound trip & route alignment adjustments
  • Route C – Time adjustments on outbound PM rush hour trips
  • Route HP – Start of seasonal bus service to Hersheypark
  • Route 9 – Route map updated
  • Route 12 – Time point & additional notes added to schedule


For a complete list of May 21 Summer Service Adjustments, please see the Service Adjustment Summary document located on website (click “Service Updates” from main page) and check new schedules.

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.



Photos from Press Conference:

CAT Executive Director Rich Farr announces summer service and a public-private partnership with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to purchase an articulated bus for use to transport student and other workers to jobs at Hershey properties this summer.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse celebrates the start of CAT summer service with a special articulated bus funded in part by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.  The Mayor complimented CAT for providing economical transit for thousands of city residents who work outside the city and use CAT service.

Kathleen M. McGraw, Director of Communications & Social Responsibility, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, announced the launch of summer public transit service to Hershey properties and the Public-Private Partnership which funded the purchase of an Articulated Bus (double bus) for use to transport employees from Harrisburg to summer jobs in Hershey.

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