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October 11, 2018



Rich Farr, Executive Director



Bob Philbin, Director of Public Information




(Harrisburg, PA) —  Capital Area Transit (CAT) has released its 2018 Annual Report, “Keeping Communities Connected,” to provide public information about the Operational, Financial and Customer Experience improvements by CAT over the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, according to Richard H. Farr, Executive Director.

More than 200 CAT employees take great pride in the public transit services they provide to the 500,000 people in its one thousand square mile service area, including Dauphin and Cumberland Counties and the City of Harrisburg.  

CAT connected 2,248,416 passenger trips for commuter workers, disabled individuals, seniors, students and shoppers throughout the region. In the last year, CAT buses drove a total of 3,796,311 miles

In addition to fixed route and paratransit services provided at low cost to passengers, CAT returns millions of dollars to the local economy in the form of wages, taxes, and goods & services purchased in each municipality.  

CAT is funded by taxpayers at the State, Federal, and local municipal levels.  Passenger fares accounted for $2,937,546, or 13.67% of total CAT revenue in 2018.  Local share funding by the two counties and the city provided a total of $966,020, or about 4% of total revenue.

The City of Harrisburg paid local share funding of $273,572 through June 30, 2018, and during that period CAT spent $7,022,660 in wages, taxes, and goods & services purchased in the City of Harrisburg. A $25.67 return for every $1 invested by the City in Capital Area Transit.   

Cumberland County’s local share funding was $305,780, while CAT spent $2,482,838 in wages and goods & services purchased in the County, for a return of $8.12 for every $1 the county invested in CAT.

Dauphin County, excluding the City of Harrisburg, contributed $368,777 to CAT last fiscal year and garnered $1,327,841, or $3.60 per $1 invested in CAT.

CAT looks forward to the next year when on board technology will include a real time tracking system and new fare boxes and payment options.  The CAT Annual Report, “Keeping Communities Connected”, is available online at, and at CAT offices in Strawberry Square and at 901 N. Cameron Street.

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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