CAT Paratransit adds 10 new vehicles

2013-04-09T22:30:00Z CAT Paratransit adds 10 new vehiclesThe Sentinel The Sentinel
April 09, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

The Capital Area Transit Paratransit Division provides door-to-door services to about 190,000 senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-income riders per year.

Recently, those riders saw some brand new vehicles.

CAT said Tuesday the division upgraded its vehicle fleet in recent weeks with 10 new, specially modified, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant Paratransit buses.

“Our services connect tens of thousands of people with disabilities and senior citizens without fixed route bus service, to their medical appointments, employment, human service and mental health programs, as well as social, recreational destinations, and grocery and other shopping needs,” said Bill Jones, CAT general manager.

CAT has provided Paratransit community services in Dauphin County, the City of Harrisburg, and parts of Cumberland County since 1998, when Dauphin County transferred operations of Paratransit services to CAT.

The new fleet of Paratransit vehicles is fully accessible and can transport 14 people, including up to four people using wheelchairs. The vehicles, which cost about $58,000 each, are funded by federal and state grants.

To determine if anyone is eligible for CAT Paratransit shared ride services, call 232-6100 or visit CAT offices at 901 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.

CAT will also kick off its 40th anniversary celebration Wednesday morning.

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  1. Joe Rubino
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    Joe Rubino - April 11, 2013 5:52 pm
    I submitted a professional opinion that was not printed. Why?
  2. Joe Rubino
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    Joe Rubino - April 11, 2013 5:01 pm
    I'm a federal transit consultant who has worked on paratransit projects in 38 states. Buying 14 passenger vans at 60k each is the opposite of what most transit agencies are doing, which is buying smaller vehicles that cost much less and are cheaper to operate. Does CAT really need 14 passenger vehicles? Except for the occasional group trip to a common location, the chances of these vans ever seating more than 3 or 4 riders at a time is very slim. I think CAT may have wasted tax payer money here.
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