Capital Area Transit (PA)

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Capital Area Transit

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Operating Name Cumberland-Dauphin-Harrisburg Transit Authority
dba Capital Area Transit
Preceded by Harrisburg Railways Company (East Shore)
Valley Transportation Company(West Shore)
Valley Railways (West Shore)
Offices and Garage 901 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Area Served City of Harrisburg, and counties of Cumberland and Dauphin in PA.
Fleet Size (appr.) 79 (fixed route)
52 (paratransit)
Employees (appr.) 186 (full-time)
14 (part-time)
Livery Dark blue bus with red, grey and white accents.
Website Official Site
Bus Tracker Bus Tracker

The Cumberland-Dauphin-Harrisburg Transit Authority, dba Capital Area Transit (or CAT), is a public transit provider to the city of Harrisburg, and surrounding counties of Cumberland and Dauphin, in the state of Pennsylvania.

History

In 1973, the Harrisburg Railways Company filed with the Public Utility Commission to abandon much of its service. At this point, the City of Harrisburg along with Dauphin and Cumberland Counties formed a public authority with the express purpose of acquiring the assets of the Harrisburg Railways Company and continuing public bus service.

The authority is comprised of seven board members; three representing Dauphin County, two representing the City of Harrisburg, and two representing Cumberland County. The authority also retains counsel regarding legal matters.

Timeline of important events

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  • 1973: The City of Harrisburg along with Dauphin and Cumberland Counties formed a public authority with the express purpose of acquiring the assets of the Harrisburg Railways Company and continuing public bus service.[1]
  • 2010: CAT purchases four buses from SEPTA (Philadelphia) to use on scheduled work tripper service. Buses were 1996 North American Bus Industries (NABI) model 416. These buses were interim, due to issues with a scheduled delivery of Gillig buses, intended to be retired once the Gillig buses arrive.
  • 2011: CAT begins offering Wi-Fi services on designated commuter buses.
  • 2017: McDonald Transit Associates (a subsidiary of RATP Dev North America, based in Dallas, TX) awarded interim management contract for CAT bus services.
  • 2018: Citing cost savings, Rabbit Transit enters a two year contract on consulting bus services in February.
  • 2019: In July, Capital Area Transit begins transitioning to the GFI Genfare Fast Fare farebox for its entire fleet. The introduction will also include the CAT myPass program, allowing smart card usage to be offered.

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 901 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2413
  • Fax: 717-238-8307
  • Phone: 717-238-8304

Divisions

  • Fixed Route Bus Division: handling all conventional transit services
  • Shared Ride/Para Transit Division: handling all shared-ride and para transit services.

Routes

  • Route 1 - Market Street
  • Route 2 - Capital Complex/ROC Shuttle
  • Route 3 - Third Street
  • Route 6 - Sixth Street
  • Route 7 - Middletown
  • Route 8 - Derry/Rutherford
  • Route 9 - City Island-HACC
  • Route 12 - Colonial Park - Colonial Commons - Gateway - Linglestown
  • Route 13 - Paxton Street
  • Route 14 - Union Deposit/Four Seasons
  • Route 16 - Pennswood
  • Route 17 - Hamilton Health Center/Kline Village
  • Route 18 - Union Deposit/Rutherford
  • Route 19 - Steelton
  • Route 20 - High Pointe Commons
  • Route 23 - Elizabethville - Millersburg - Halifax
  • Route 24 - Springford Apartments via Locust Lane
  • Route 27 - Hall Manor via Hamilton Health Center
  • Route 39 - Herr Street / Blue Mt. Commons
  • Route 81 - Shippensburg - Newville - Carlisle - Harrisburg Express
  • Route 82 - Shippensburg - Newville - Mechanicsburg - Naval Base Express
  • Route 120 - Winding Hill Express; limited service
  • Route 322 - Hershey-Hummelstown
  • Route A - New Cumberland
  • Route AB - ABACUS; limited service
  • Route B - Highland Park Westport
  • Route C - Carlisle Local and Commuter Express
  • Route D - Capital City Mall
  • Route F - Enola
  • Route HP - Hershey Park
  • Route K - Erford Road
  • Route M - Mechanicsburg - Local & Express Service
  • Route MA - Mechanicsburg-Arnold Logistics; limited service
  • Route W - Allen Road Warehouses; limited service
  • Blue Route - Shippensburg
  • Red Route - Shippensburg

Connecting carriers

Harrisburg is Pennsylvania's capital city, therefore, Capital Area Transit affords connections to a number of other regional carriers that operate into or near Harrisburg.

  • Harrisburg (Downtown):
  • Harrisburg (Harrisburg Mall):
  • Megabus: to Philadelphia, or State College and Pittsburgh.

Transit Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1001-1002 2011 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500
  • Assigned to longer-distance commuter routes.
  • Features free Wi-Fi, entertainment system, a Braun wheelchair lift, a GFI farebox & an eight-camera surveillance system.[2]
1101-1111 Capital Area Transit PA 1110-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
1112 2011 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Assigned to Raider Regional Transit subsidiary.
1201-1207 2012 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1301-1307 2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1401-1404 2014 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1405-1406 2014 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Assigned to Raider Regional Transit subsidiary.
1601-1604 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1701-1709 2017 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
2001-2003 2000 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R
2601-2606 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Suburban configuration
2607-2611 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
2612-2625 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 2006 models.
2801-2802 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Suburban configuration
2803-2806 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5

On order

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2018
  • 1 unit.
  • Unknown manufacturer and model.
  • Articulated bus to be used on HP-Hershey Park services.
  • Due to enter service in July 2018.
  • 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.[3]

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
701-755 1975 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
801-810 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T7W-603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
901-903 1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
904-920 1988 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
921-930 1990 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863.2
931-940 1994 TMC RTS-06
(T70-606)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison V731
1938-1939 1999 Dupont Industries Champlain 1608 Caterpillar 3126B Allison
2101-2121 2001 ElDorado National Transmark RE 29' Cummins ISB Allison B400R All units were auctioned off.
2401-2404 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R 2401 was donated to HACC in May 2017.
2501-2509 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • 2501-2502 to Private Transportation.
  • All other coaches up for auction on Public Surplus' website, as of November 2018.
8901 1989 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
9201 1992? MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
9501-9504 1995 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TBS50)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • 9501 & 9502 were retired by 2012.
  • 9503 & 9504 were put up for auction on 10/9/2015.
9603-9604, 9606-9607 1996 American Ikarus 416.08 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Ex-SEPTA 5042, 5061, 5139 & 5147; bought in 2009.
  • 9606 was not refurbished and did not enter service.
  • Retired & auctioned off in summer 2011.

Paratransit & Shared-Ride Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0113 to 1013 2013 Ford E450 10 units.
251-258 2016 Ford E450
271-282 2017 Ford E450
  • 2017 models.
  • Delivered by December 2016.
  • Entered service in April 2017, replaced many buses in 856-869 range
859-860 2011 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger
886-887 2012 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1xx 1996 Ford E450 Ford Triton V8 Ford Automatic 166's VIN: 1FDLE40G0THB34222.
201-205 1997 Ford/Coach and Equipment E450/Phoenix
207-210 1996 Ford E350
212-216 1999 Ford/ElDorado National E450/?
217-218 2000 Ford/ElDorado National E450/?
402 2001 Dodge High Top Van
411-420 2002 Ford/Champion E450/?
501 2002 Ford E450 Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3L Ford 5-speed
601-605 2002 Ford E450 Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3L Ford Automatic
750-751 2006 Ford/Coach and Equipment E450/Phoenix
801-806 2006 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger
811-814 2007 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger 811 was bought by Parkside Baptist Church in Livonia, MI.
831-835 2008 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger
841-847 2009 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger
851-858
861-873
2011 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger

External Links

CAT (Official site)

References