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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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COVID-19 Information

Sensible Steps to Promote Public Health

From the desk of the US Senate

With the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to ensure you have the best available information on how to protect yourselves from contracting respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

This week, Congress took bipartisan action to assist health care providers in their work against COVID-19. An emergency appropriation of nearly $8 billion was approved and will be used to increase access to testing, pay for treatments and the development of a vaccine, and ensure an adequate supply of public health equipment. I supported the package when it passed the Senate by a 96-1 vote.

Here is what you need to know about COVID-19:
By taking the same precautionary measures you might to mitigate contracting the flu, you can decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you have been in China or any other country with high prevalence of the virus, such as Italy, South Korea or Iran, within the past two weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor.

Hand sanitizers are no more effective than traditional soap and water, when they are used properly. There is no need to go out of your way to procure hand sanitizer.

There has been information circulating that N-95 facemasks can protect you from COVID-19. Unless you are already sick or a health care worker, do not buy these masks as they are crucially needed for doctors, health care professionals, and patients. Rather, follow the steps above and you will put yourself in the best position to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Travel Warnings
CDC is currently recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. They also advise that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Iran, Italy, and Japan. If you are traveling to Hong Kong, practice usual precautions such as those listed above. If you plan to travel internationally, regardless of your destination, it would be prudent to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, updates, alerts, and travel advisories while you are out of the country.

Further Information
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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides information on the virus and safety precautions.
The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

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Dateline: Friday, April 14, 2017

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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.