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MCTA celebrated it's 40th Year of Service to Monroe County with an event on October 15th at 10 AM at St. Luke's Hospital

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MCTA Commissions New CNG Fueling Station and Three New CNG Buses

Swiftwater, PA – Friends and collogues of The Monroe County Transportation Authority, also known as the Pocono Pony, gathered Thursday, September 17, 2020 to commission three new public transit buses and a CNG fueling station. The buses are American made, built by Gillig, LLC located in Livermore, California, and were purchased with grants provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), PennDOT, and Monroe County Commissioners.

“The combination of cost savings and extended engine life, will help us become more sustainable, thereby reducing reliance on state and federal subsidies to fund our operation,” stated Peggy Howarth, Executive Director of MCTA. “Ribbon cutting and commissioning ceremonies like this provide the opportunity to look back with pride on all our struggles and achievements it took to reach this point.”

The 35-foot long vehicles are heavy duty, low floor buses, much like MCTA’s current fleet, but they are fueled using compressed natural gas. Each has its own name, chosen by MCTA staff members.

The pink bus is “Jasmine,” which has an officially licensed Susan G. Komen breast cancer color. The lively teal bus was given the name “Shaquille O’Teal.” Last but not least, the bright green bus will be known as “Kiwi.” The interior of each bus has its own unique selection of colors, including the seats, floor, walls, ceiling, and interior lighting.

All are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, providing passengers with up-to-the-minute arrival times delivered to their mobile devices through MyStop and Transit. These apps are available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. MCTA has its own Smartcard technology that permits a digital, contactless way to pay fares on the bus known as the MOGO card. Each bus is handicapped accessible with “kneeling” capability and a wheelchair ramp.

The buses will operate starting Monday, September 21, 2020 on MCTA’s existing routes, which will result in reduced emissions and improved fuel economy.

MCTA invites you to “GET ON BOARD WITH CNG.”
Click here for more information on our public transit routes.

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Welcoming Address

Peggy Howarth, Executive Director of MCTA providing the welcoming address for the event.

Senator Scavello

Senator Mario Scavello

Senator Mario Scavello presented some highlights of making this project a success. His leadership on the gas pipeline was instrumental.

Mr. Wayne Mazure, Vice Chair MCTA

Wayne Mazure, MCTA Vice Chair

Mr. Mazure has been a board member of MCTA since 1979. His long experience as a board member and experience as a community leader has moved MCTA forward.

Ms. Jennie Granger, PennDOT

Jennie Granger, Deputy Secretary, PennDOT

Ms. Granger, Deputy Secretary of Multimodal Transportation at PennDOT has been a key ally for MCTA in developing this projec and during our COVID response.

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Ribbon Cutting

The Pocono Chamber of Commerce presented the ribbon and scissors for us to use in this event.

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Media Relations

Peggy Howarth being interviewed by BRCTV 13 Tom McIntyre.


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MCTA Celebrates it's Big 4-OH!

Monroe County Transit Authority celebrated its 40th Anniversary on October 15, 2019 with an event at St. Luke’s Hospital, Lower Level Conference Room. Remarks were made by local government officials, MCTA’s Board Members, and Director.

In 1979, MCTA began public transportation service with four buses. Forty years and millions of miles later, MCTA continues to provide quality public transit service. MCTA has grown into a fleet of 15 city buses and 48 paratransit vehicles, laden with technology and safety features, that covers every mile of the county and beyond between our Fixed Route, Shared Ride, and Flex Connect services. Through these services, MCTA provides accessible mobility options for all Monroe County residents.

MCTA is pleased to share our 40th Anniversary with the community and looks forward to the next 40 years.

MCTA Staff were also at the Giant Market bus stop during the day with various promotional items.

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Happy bus riders with masks on. Image Copyright Reserved for MCTA only. Do not copy.

Stop the Spread

Adapted from: PA.gov/covid/stop-the-spread/ link

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Let’s help ourselves and each other stay safe by following the health and safety measures we know stop the spread of COVID-19. We have the power to protect ourselves, our families, businesses, neighbors, and communities from COVID-19 through our individual actions and choices. To view the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvainia website link

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Things you should do:

  • Wear a mask when you ride the Pocono Pony.
  • Wear a mask when you leave your home.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands, frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
  • Limit gatherings and avoid crowds.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Contact your health-care provider if you think you might have COVID-19.

Things MCTA is doing:

  • Disinfecting / cleaning all touchpoints in each vehicle daily.
  • Disinfecting buses regularly with a hospital-grade fogging system using a hydrogen peroxide solution.
  • Drivers are required to wear masks.

Wearing Masks

Remember, your mask protects me; my mask protects you. Masks help keep us from sharing illnesses. COVID-19 spreads through the natural moisture (respiratory droplets) we breathe out when we talk, cough, or sneeze.

In Pennsylvania, you must wear a mask whenever you leave your home. You must wear a mask link to go into a business or ride an MCTA vehicle.

You don’t have to wear a mask if you have a disability, medical, or mental health condition that does not allow you to do so. Children 2-years-old (or younger) don’t have to wear a mask.

There is a right way to wear a mask:

  • Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off your mask.
  • When putting on or wearing your mask, don’t touch the front of it. Be sure you can breathe through it.
  • To remove your mask, don’t touch the front. Take it off by unhooking your earpieces or untying the straps from the back. 
  • Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth. It should not block your vision. Don’t take it off to talk, cough, or sneeze.
  • Wash fabric or cloth masks between each wear. You can wash your mask with your regular laundry. 
  • Your mask should be dry when you put it on. A wet or damp mask can make it harder to breathe and might be carrying germs.

Making or Buying Masks

If you’re not in health care or a first responder, a fabric or cloth mask is enough.

Making a mask is easy. The PA Department of Health’s mask guidancelink tells you how. Look for 100% cotton masks. Ideally, you should not be able to see through the fabric. If you aren’t making your own mask, consider buying one from a local small business.

If you are a business, the demand for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) can make it hard to find. To help, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers that have PPE availablelink.

Social Distancing

You can be social. But stay six feet apart and wear a mask.

Socializing with family and friends is important for our mental and emotional well-being. But if you don’t live together, stay six feet apart and wear masks. Think about ways of staying connected that don’t require you to be in-person. Some ideas include video chats, phone calls, email, and even regular mail.

If you travel outside of Pennsylvania link, please self-quarantine for 14 days when you get home. This will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.    

Hand Washing

Just like there is a right way to wear a mask, there is also a right way to wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water.
  • Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Scrub between your fingers, your palms, backs of your hands, and under your nails.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

Experts are working diligently to understand COVID-19. Because new information is coming out every day, visit the sites below to stay informed.
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. link
The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides information on the virus and safety precautions. link


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CareerLink Career Quest

Looking for a job you'll love? MCTA will be providing free fixed route bus service all day on the Blue, Red, Silver, Yellow, Orange, and Stroudsburg Circulator routes in support of CareerLink's Career Quest job fair at Northapmton Community College - Monroe Campus on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Link to Pocono Record article. Once you've found a job, be sure to visit Commuter Services of PA for transportation resources.



Community Outreach

Our marketing team is on the road to keep you informed! You can arrange for MCTA staff to visit your company or organization to provide information to your staff or customers about the many transportation services available in Monroe County. Call (570) 839-6282 x 425 to schedule your visit.

Our Marketing Team makes time to visit with many organizations throughout the county. Make yours one of them. Schedule your visit now.