Capital Area Transit picked up financial support Thursday for its circulator bus service proposal, which the agency says will make it easier for people to shop and get to work in the Carlisle area.
To begin with a three-year test run, the bus service would be used primarily to take people to jobs, shopping centers and other businesses. In the Carlisle area, stops are planned at Carlisle Crossings shopping center, Carlisle Regional Medical Center and warehouses along Allen Road.
The 15 percent local share of annual operating costs would be borne by Carlisle-area municipalities and businesses, CAT has said. Federal and state funds will cover the bulk of the costs.
Adjacent to Carlisle, South Middleton Township supervisors Thursday night approved spending $5,500 over the three years to cover its share. South Middleton is home to Carlisle Crossings and CRMC.
The supervisors committed the township to annual contributions of $1,500 for three years, plus a one-time payment of $1,000 for capital costs.
“It’s part of being a good municipal neighbor and we think that’s important,” Supervisor Tom Faley said, noting the businesses that will be served by the bus routes. “We benefit from that because they’re all taxpaying entities. So it’s a way of getting customers out to those places.”
The bus circulator project would have a reported total operating cost of $400,000 per year. It would be financed through a combination of federal, state and local funding.
Federal funds account for $200,000 of the operating costs. The state would pay for much of the remaining costs through its Public Transportation Trust Fund with the local match coming to $41,000 per year. CAT is dividing that $41,000 cost among local businesses, Dickinson College and surrounding townships.
Allegheny County-based engineering consultants Michael Baker Corp., hired by the state and county, prepared a feasibility study on the need for the circulator bus service.