Capital Area Transit partners with Amazon to provide job access

Posted on August 2, 2016

CARLISLE, Pa. — In what is being called an "unusual" partnership, Capital Area Transit (CAT) system is working with Amazon to provide access to the company's fulfillment centers outside Carlisle, Pa., which employ over 1,500 people, and recently, were served by only one bus stop, Keystone Crossroads reported.

"There are a lot of jobs that pay fairly well in that Amazon distribution center, but getting there without a car is atrocious," says Adam Porter, business co-chair of the Friends of Midtown, a community group in Harrisburg.

Using data provided by the company, CAT has rerouted four bus lines to serve the largest concentrations of Amazon workers and schedules have been altered to match the company's 12-hour shifts. Amazon will also be offering a handful of free passes to its employees, for more incentive, the report said.

Officials at CAT say that the company's cooperation is unusual. Most of its local counterparts demand service, but haven't put resources towards making it happen, according to Keystone Crossroads.

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