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Old 05-20-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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looks like rabbit is at it again with more commuter lines what do ya ppl think about the new service how will you use it and how frequent should it be??
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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As long as CAT has nothing to do with it, I'm all for it!

Seriously, it's hard to make an argument against any expansion of mass transit in the area. I personally would rather see rail take off, but that's another thread for another day.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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As long as CAT has nothing to do with it, I'm all for it!

Seriously, it's hard to make an argument against any expansion of mass transit in the area. I personally would rather see rail take off, but that's another thread for another day.
Harrisburg is not nearly big enough for a rail transit system IMO. At least in terms of commuter transit options, the fact that Harrisburg has the Amtrak Keystone trains (Lancaster, Elizabethtown), the Rabbit Transit express buses (York and I guess Gettysburg now), CAT express buses (Shippensburg, Carlisle, Elizabethville/Millersburg), Fullington Trailways (State College, Lewistown, Juniata/Perry Counties), I think something still with R&J Tours (Pottsville area, Frackville), and I think something with COLT (Lebanon) means the area is pretty well connected for downtown Harrisburg workers. About the only places that aren't well connected for commuter service that would make sense are Chambersburg (though people could drive to Shippensburg and use the CAT express buses from there), the Sunbury/Selinsgrove area, and possibly Hanover.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Today, if you live on the east shore, you can commute via rail if you'd like. Middlestown, Elizabethtown, Mt. Joy and Lancaster all provide AMTRAK service that offers competitive monthly rates to that of SEPTA. For area commuters that don't live in these towns, there are plenty of options including COLT, CAT, and Rabit transit commuter busses. Rumor is that the Shippensburg bus will be extended to Chambersburg soon, or there will be an entirely different bus route. The Franklin County Commissioners are trying very hard to accomplish this. For anyone else who is feeling the wrath of gasoline prices, check out Commuter Services of Pennsylvania They're a great organization that will work with you on carpools, vanpools, or transit options.

As for future transit expansions, CAT currently owns one of the rail bridges over the Susquehanna, and talks of a bus-way similar to what Pittsburgh currently has, are increasing. Rail infrastructure may be too expensive for the area, but bus transit requires little infrastructure improvement, and with the help of traffic light preemption, traveling by bus can become extremely efficient.

With gas prices as they are, I encourage everyone to explore all transit options. I feel like this type of transportation will be expanding greatly in the next year or so. I know for some peoples' occupations it is impossible to consider transit, but anyone who works at the same place for the same shift everyday should consider it.
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