In an effort to maintain quality public transportation services in Northwest Pennsylvania, the Counties of Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren began a process in 2013 to assess the public transportation systems in all 5 counties. Through the course of 2 studies funded by the PennDOT Bureau of Public Transportation the results indicated that financial savings and stronger coordination of services could occur through a more regional approach to public transportation.
These studies led to further discussions between the counties of Crawford and Venango and have resulted in a service agreement recently approved for CATA (the Crawford Area Transportation Authority) to become the public transportation provider for Venango County effective July 1, 2016. Under the agreement, all routes, services and employees operating as part of the Venango County public transportation program will become a part of CATA. This regional approach to public transportation delivery is estimated to save both the counties of Crawford and Venango over $450,000 of local match contributions over a 10 year period.
Tim Geibel, CATA’s Executive Director states “this is a monumental time for both CATA and Venango County. Public Transportation continues to be a priority at both the Federal and State level most recently seen through legislation in PA Act 89 of 2013, where counties are incentivized to regionalize and document administrative cost savings in exchange for local match relief. We’re excited to build upon our existing relationship with Venango County and to welcome the staff and drivers of Venango County’s public transportation division to CATA. It’s important to note that all services currently offered in both counties will remain. If we collectively identify areas for service expansion or enhancement we will work to implement these changes but our intent is to consolidate administrative functions to Meadville and maintain all services in both counties.”
Over the next few months CATA will work diligently with the PennDOT Bureau of Public Transportation to ensure a smooth transition of administrative functions, complete public outreach and implement this new agreement.
For more information about this agreement or to learn more about CATA, visit us on the web at www.catabus.org or call toll free at 1-855-338-5600.