CAT 2020

What is CAT 2020? 

Capital Area Transit System (CAT) is conducting a comprehensive assessment of its existing transit service and establishing a vision for what transit should be in 2020.  This study is the first of its type in CAT’s 45-year history, and it comes at an important time for CAT.  With declining ridership and pending budget deficits, CAT must rethink the way transit services are provided and look for new ways to provide efficient and effective public transit. Click here to review CAT 2020 fact sheet.

To review system redesign options maps click below. These are just concepts and NOT the final redesign.

Concept A

Concept B

Concept C


State of the System

The State of the System is a complete assessment of the existing transit service conditions in CAT’s service area.  This provides a foundation of the current opportunities and challenges faced by CAT as the organization seeks to develop a vision for 2020 and the future.

The State of the System report provides:

  1. A review of CAT’s existing bus transit service and operating characteristics.
  2. An assessment of CAT’s bus ridership at the service type-, route-, and stop level.
  3. An assessment of challenges and opportunities with CAT’s bus system.

For more information click here to view the full State of the System


Market Analysis

Just as businesses assess market to identify customers, focus strategies, and prioritize investments, so do transit systems benefit from conducting market research to identify market segments and demands.

This Market Analysis is an evaluation of where transit demand is located in the CAT service area.  Specifically, this analysis examines:

  • The underlying demand for transit services based on population density, job density, demographics, and other factors
  • Major transit trip generators
  • Where people are traveling from and where they are going

The Market Analysis is the first step in understanding the existing conditions in the CAT service area.  This analysis identifies the target market segments for public transit and will guide investment priorities for CAT as part of the CAT 2020 effort.

Fore more information click here to view the full Market Analysis


Public Meetings Completed

CAT 2020 first round of public meetings were completed on August 13 & 14, 2019.  The second round of public meetings were completed on October 30 & 31, 2019.

All meetings were held in an open house format, allowing attendees to arrive at whatever times is most convenient. Public meetings were held to review system redesign options maps, provide additional feedback and select a preferred alternative to the current CAT bus system.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, some of the CAT 2020 plans were put on hold.  We may determine to hold additional public meetings, but nothing is scheduled at this time.