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The Pennsylvania Transit Tour, Part II

The Pennsylvania Transit Tour, Part II

Following our first segment of the Pennsylvania Transit Tour edition of DigitalCT and the five members we profiled there, Part II features another six CTAA mobility provider members with written coverage and another two via podcast interviews. In visits spanning this past April to August, CTAA's communications team spent time with 10 of our members across Pennsylvania, ranging from large-volume urban systems that are considering BRT and light-rail corridors, to rural and specialized providers providing door-to-door service. As with community and public transportation providers anywhere, CTAA's members in Pennsylvania are prioritizing high-quality, dependable service while embracing new approaches in order to thrive as mobility continues to evolve around and through their daily work.

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Although we visited 10 CTAA members in-person at their facilities – with stops ranging from Blue Bell just outside of Philadelphia to Crawford, not far from Erie – we weren’t able to visit all our provider members. Most notably, we felt it important to share the stories of our members in Altoona (Amtran) and Westmoreland County (WCTA).

Scranton's COLTS: Enhancing an Established Network to Respond to Changing Needs

Scranton's COLTS: Enhancing an Established Network to Respond to Changing Needs

COLTS' vibrancy was personified by the team gathered to meet with us from the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS), led by the system's Executive Director, Bob Fiume. The group of six represented the agency's major departments – operations, maintenance, communications, human resources and planning – and conveyed the energetic spirit by which it serves more than 900,000 annual riders in both fixed-route and shared-ride trips across Lackawanna County.

Town and Country Transit: Fixed Routes in a Rural County

Town and Country Transit: Fixed Routes in a Rural County

Among the eight CTAA members we visited during both legs of the Pennsylvania Transit Tour, Town and Country (TACT) is certainly the smallest, with its mix of deviated fixed routes and demand-response service carrying more than 74,000 annual riders in Armstrong County, including weekly service to Pittsburgh for medical appointments. Nonetheless, the agency’s work in moving seniors, people with disabilities and the general public is just as vital.

Crawford Area Transportation Authority: Incorporating Innovation in Rural Transit

Crawford Area Transportation Authority: Incorporating Innovation in Rural Transit

CATA's approach is one that stems from two central premises: integrity and respect. While certainly not unique values in the community and public transportation industry, the agency emphasizes connecting its decisions, policies and posture to acting with integrity and treating people - whether customers or co-workers - with respect.

Beaver County's Regional Bus Service Vital to Community Livability Efforts

Beaver County's Regional Bus Service Vital to Community Livability Efforts

BCTA receives most of its attention for the regional bus routes it operates, including into downtown Pittsburgh. But it's role as a facilitator of mobility throughout Beaver County is the real story of the agency's stability and success.

Freedom Transit Scales Service to Meet Varied Mobility Needs

Freedom Transit Scales Service to Meet Varied Mobility Needs

Freedom Transit has tripartite roles in moving the region: local, fixed-route service within the city of Washington, with some routes stretching into the surrounding county; regional, commuter-focused service connecting Washington and Pittsburgh, utilizing the Port Authority of Allegheny County's West Busway; and countywide Shared-Ride options, available to the general public but also emphasizing connectivity for seniors and people with disabilities.

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