For Release: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
CAT Executive Director
CAT PI Director
Capital Area Transit Announces Proposed Fare Increases, for Public Comment
Harrisburg — Capital Area Transit (CAT) announced today a proposed new fare structure to increase fares on its fixed route and paratransit bus services, to take effect November 1, 2019. The fare increases were tentatively approved by the CAT Board of Directors subject to a period of public comment that runs through September 13, 2019.
CAT will conduct public hearings regarding the proposed fare increases on Tuesday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampden Township Building, located at 230 S Sporting Hill Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050; and Wednesday August 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the Strawberry Square Atrium located at 320 Market Street, Suite 273E. Harrisburg, PA 17101. The public is invited to attend and comment. Written concerns may be sent to Capital Area Transit at 901 N Cameron St, Harrisburg PA. 17101 or may be emailed to Capital Area Transit at email@example.com prior to September 7, 2019.
“CAT has not raised fares since 2010,” CAT Executive Director Rich Farr said today. “We believe our riders understand that because of continual cost increases — particularly uncontrollable costs like fuel, healthcare coverage and regular operating costs — an increase in fares is inevitable.”
Farr pointed out that CAT fare structure and policy have also been modernized to accommodate both Local and Commuter Fare categories, while eliminating the current outdated Zone Fare system. “We will offer new Local 1,7 and 31-Day Passes, and a new Commuter 31-Day Pass.” He said. “This gives both our local and commuter riders a variety of fare options to accommodate individual budget needs.”
For example, a local rider in Harrisburg who travels daily within the city will experience a fare increase of $.05 cents per ride, from $1.75 to $1.80. The same rider who purchases an 11-Ride Pass for $17.50 will reduce the per ride cost to $1.60. The same rider who purchases a 31-Day Pass at $49.00 reduces the cost per ride to $0.80 cents, saving $1.00 per ride. The Transfer Fare remains as is at $0.25. Senior citizens over age 65 continue to ride free with a Senior Pass.
CAT also proposes a new fare increase in its paratransit service. Approved by PennDOT, the proposed fare increase is based on trip distance, with an average rider share increase of about $0.70. These new fares are related to ADA level transportation for people with disabilities and will be for any demand response rider who has been approved for ADA level service.
For a complete list of Fare types through 2021, and an on line public comment form, please refer to the Proposed Fare Structure attached to this press release, and visit https://www.cattransit.com/farestructure/.
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 transport about 2 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region.