CATA Named #1 Transit System in North America

LANSING , Mich., July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has been named the best transit system of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). "This is...

The Capital Area Transportation Authority provides fixed-route and demand- response service within Ingham County, Michigan. County residents number 277,000 and the County spans 560 square miles. The 2000 Census shows a density of 500 residents per square mile in the county. CATA serves this area with 30 fixed-routes, operating 7 days a week. CATA operates 24/7 on the MSU campus during fall and spring terms. CATA offers eight Paratransit services, including ADA complementary Paratransit, general demand-response service to the rural communities and same day demand-response service to four suburban communities. CATA assumed MSU campus transportation services in August 1999 . Michigan State University represents a significant customer base for CATA with its 46,000 students. CATA is also the regional coordinator for van and carpool matching services. As of Dec. 31, 2006 , CATA employed 290 individuals, including 215 ATU motor coach operators and 27 ATU employees in maintenance.

This 2007 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award highlights CATA's toolbox for success: innovation, collaboration, technology, training and positive relations with employees, the Board and the community. Those tools, applied with a great deal of hard work and dedication, constructed a much more efficient and effective CATA system over the 2004-06 period. Here are some of the achievements:

The community's reliance on CATA services has never been stronger. CATA is helping move its community forward. The CATA Board is proud to announce that the Capital Area Transportation Authority has received APTA's 2006 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.

Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) honors one public transportation system in North America each year who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in efficiency and effectiveness. Systems are judged on their performance over a 3-year period. One system is chosen from each of four categories; based on passenger trip totals. CATA was ranked first for 2007 in the 4 - 30 million ride category which includes 106 systems.

The judging panel of transit professionals from across North America , looks at a system's quantitative measures such as ridership per passenger mile, number of customer complaints, safety indicators, etc. which compose up to 2/3 of the total score. Qualitative measures count for 1/3 of the total score. These include specific programmatic improvements and achievements in:

CATA will receive the formal award at the APTA Annual Meeting award luncheon on October 9, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SOURCE The Capital Area Transportation Authority