Capital Area Transit (PA)
|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)|
|Employees (appr.)||186 (full-time)|
|Livery||Dark blue bus with red, grey and white accents.|
|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.
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.
- 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.
- Address: 901 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2413
- Fax: 717-238-8307
- Phone: 717-238-8304
- Fixed Route Bus Division: handling all conventional transit services
- Shared Ride/Para Transit Division: handling all shared-ride and para transit services.
- 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 17 - Hamilton Health Center/Kline Village
- Route 19 - Steelton
- Route 20 - High Pointe Commons
- Route 39 - Herr Street / Blue Mt. Commons
- Route 81 - Shippensburg - Newville - Carlisle - Harrisburg Express
- Route 82 - Shippensburg - Newville - Mechanicsburg - Naval Base Express
- Route 114 - East Shore Grocery Shopper
- Route 322 - Hershey-Hummelstown
- Route A - New Cumberland
- Route AB - Independence Avenue Warehouses
- Route B - Highland Park Westport
- Route C - Carlisle Local and Commuter Express
- Route CY - Carlisle Park Warehouses
- Route D - Capital City Mall
- Route E - Simpson Ferry Road/Mechanicsburg
- Route F - Enola
- Route HP - Hershey Park (Summer service only)
- Route M - Mechanicsburg - Local & Express Service
- Route W - Allen Road Warehouses; limited service
- Blue Line - Shippensburg
- Red Line - Shippensburg
- White Line - Shippensburg
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):
- Rabbit Transit (Express) service to Gettysburg and York;
- Lebanon Transit to Hershey and Lebanon on two loop routes; and
- Amtrak's Pennsylvanian and Keystone Corridor Service to Johnstown and Pittburgh, or Philadelphia and New York City.
- Greyhound and Fullington Trailways make connections at the Amtrak Station.
- Harrisburg (Harrisburg Mall):
- Megabus: to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, State College and Washington.
- Hershey: Lebanon Transit to Lebanon.
|1001-1002||2011||MCI||D4500CT||Detroit Diesel Series 60||Allison B500||
|1101-1111||2011||Gillig||Low Floor HEV 40'
|Cummins ISB6.7||Allison H 40 EP|
|1112||2011||Gillig||Low Floor 29'
|Cummins ISL9||Assigned to Raider Regional Transit subsidiary.|
|1201-1207||2012||Gillig||Low Floor 35'
|1301-1307||2013||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|1401-1404||2014||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|1405-1406||2014||Gillig||Low Floor 29'
|Cummins ISL9||Assigned to Raider Regional Transit subsidiary.|
|1601-1604||2016||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|1701-1709||2017||Gillig||Low Floor 35'
|1821||2001||NFI||D60LF||Cummins ISL||Allison B500R 6 speed||
|1901-1914||2019||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|Cummins L9||1910-1914 are suburban configured|
|2607-2611||2006||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|Cummins ISL||Voith D864.5|
|2612-2625||2007||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|Cummins ISL||Voith D864.5||2006 models.|
|Cummins ISM 330 hp||Allison B500R 6 speed|
|2801-2802||2008||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|Cummins ISL||Voith D864.5||Suburban configuration|
|(2 buses)||2001||NFI||D60LF||Cummins ISL||Allison B500R 6 speed|
|0113 to 1013||2013||Ford||E450||10 units.|
|1xx||1996||Ford||E450||Ford Triton V8||Ford Automatic||166's VIN: 1FDLE40G0THB34222.|
|201-205||1997||Ford/Coach and Equipment||E450/Phoenix|
|402||2001||Dodge||High Top Van|
|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|
|811-814||2007||Ford/Champion||E450/Challenger||811 was bought by Parkside Baptist Church in Livonia, MI.|
- CAT Transit - History of Transit in the Harrisburg Area
- MCI delivers D4500s to Penn. transit agency, metro-magazine.com, retrieved 2011-04-09
- Capital Area Transit, CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT KICKS-OFF 2018 SUMMER SERVICE, EFFICIENTLY MOVING MORE WORKERS TO JOBS, accessed 5-23-2018.
- Mass Transit Mag - 2021 OCTA D60LF Purchase