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2014 News Happenings
Shared Ride Manager Chuck Margretta and Fixed Route Bus Operator Charile Santiago worked together to help find two lost teens. Follow the story here: Link to Pocono Record article from Saturday, January 4, 2014.
2013 News Happenings
"Horse of a Different Color"
On Monday, December 23, 2013, MCTA Pocono Pony passengers will be stepping into brand new buses on the fixed route system. While Pocono Pony buses are known to be a distinctive green and blue color, these new buses introduce the "Horse of a Different Color". Each bus has its own unique exterior and interior color - however the graphics on the outside of the bus make it clear they belong to the Pocono Pony.
The new buses are all 35 foot long, low floor, low-emission diesel vehicles providing more capacity for our increasing ridership. Each bus will have its own color based 'theme.' The interior is matched with a complimentary palette to the exterior color. "Spending time in an MCTA bus is one part of the rich experience we wish to provide to our customers" says Peggy Howarth, Executive Director of the Monroe County Transit Authority. Ms. Howarth continues, "Many passengers spend 40 minutes or more using our service and we would like for them to be as pleased with the comfort and aesthetics of our buses as they are with the professionalism of our drivers."
The new buses are equipped with the latest digital technology for public transportation. The new farebox will permit the use of the new MoGo transit card. Seniors, 65 or older are able to request one now. Starting January 6, 2014, NCC students will be able to purchase a semester pass at the bookstore. In July 2014, passengers will be able to purchase and reload the card on the bus.
Other new technology MCTA has introduced permits passengers to find schedule and location information for the bus. The Pocono Pony website: gomcta.com, can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Passengers can use Google Maps to plan a trip or use the schedule information on the website. Specific bus location information can also be found on the website using the live bus view.
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Aubrey Boyd, "Name our New Fare Card" Contest Winner
MCTA is set to unvail a new fare card in early Fall of 2013. The new electronic fare card system will offer riders greater ease of use, as well as cost saving options to pay for transit. In March 2013, we announced our new electronic fare system at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce's, 2013 Business and Community Expo. Ms. Aubrey Boyd was the winner of our "Name our New Fare Card" Contest. Look for our new tag line, "MoGo" on our new "Miles to Go" Transit Card coming soon!
Professional Golden Gloves Boxer, Vincent Shomo is a loyal rider of MCTA'S Pocno Pony
MCTA Business Development and Marketing Specialist, Jane Doyle, sat down with Vince on January 29, 2013 for an indepth interview of his life long journey as a professional boxer, and how he now spends his retired days.
It is a captivating story.
Monroe County Seniors' Express Times
Read more about Vincent in the Pocono Record.
Man of Steel is there for his Neighbors