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CAEDC Facilitates Additional Stops Between CAT and Distribution Centers Along Allen Road

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (December 2, 2015) – The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) has continued their partnership with both the Carlisle-area distribution centers and Capital Area Transit (CAT) to secure new drop off and pick up points along Allen Road starting December 14, 2015.

In September, CAEDC met with the distribution centers and representatives from CAT to discuss routes for 2016. CAEDC had been notified by distribution centers along Allen Road in Carlisle that there is no public transit available for workers to get to the centers in this area, including Amazon/Ames True Temper, Ross Distribution and Logistics Drive.

After the meeting, CAEDC sent a Public Transportation Survey to the distribution centers and their staffing agencies to determine the best times and locations for new drop offs along Allen Road. The group surveyed collectively agreed these two new location points would be the most effective and would increase CAT ridership.

The new pick ups and drops offs will be available Monday through Friday and will be added to the end of an existing route. The morning routes leave Harrisburg at 4:15 am and 5:30 am and will arrive in Carlisle at the first stop along Allen Road at 5:27 am and 6:42 am. Afternoon routes will leave Allen Road starting at 3:15 pm and 4:45 pm and will arrive back in Harrisburg at 4:15 pm and 6:09 pm. Exact drop off and pick up times at each location along Allen Road will be posted on www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.cattransit.com next week.

“These new locations along Allen Road will positively impact both the centers looking to hire new employees and people looking for work who do not have access to a vehicle and need public transportation to get to work,” said Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO.

Moving forward, CAEDC will assist the distribution centers with the marketing of these new drop off locations so people that need the transportation and are looking for work are able to learn about the new service. CAEDC will also seek public and private investment to help riders with monthly bus passes to bridge the gap between the start of employment and their first paycheck.

“These new improvements to the current bus schedule will be a life-changer for many people who currently can’t get to these good-paying jobs along Allen Road because they lack transportation,” said Rev. Scott R. Minnich, M.Div., Case Manager at The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region. “Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people will now go from poverty to self-sufficiency simply because they have the opportunity to hop on a bus to get to work. This is a great example of government and private entities working together to improve the condition of people’s lives.”

In 2016, CAEDC will continue to refine a workforce development plan for the county and look at other areas where public transit is needed and impedes economic development.

CAEDC is Cumberland County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Offices are located at 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA. For more information, visit www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.

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