Richard Farr, Executive Director of rabbittransit, presented his organization’s plans for transit service around the Gettysburg area to the borough council last week.
Farr said the pandemic had reduced ridership to less than 30% of normal ridership at one point, but that it had increased since then and that service around the Gettysburg area was still being very much used.
Farr noted that rides on the regular transit lines are free for seniors.
rabbittransit is looking for drivers. “It’s been a struggle when you’re trying to get folks to dialysis and you can’t get drivers,” said Executive Director Richard Farr.
Farr said ridership on the new Gettysburg-Hanover connector had seen a 20% increase every month. “The ridership is outstanding,” he said. On the other hand, Farr said the express service to Harrisburg had taken a hit and that funds from that service may need to be redeployed. “A lot of folks who were using that were state employees and they’re working from home,” he said.
“We’re not sure what year’s service looks like yet. We’re watching all of the statistics and working with employers and state agencies to try to figure out how we adapt,” said Farr.
Farr said use of the Stop-Hopper app-driven service in East York, Red Lion, and Dallastown had been particularly strong. “If you’ve used Uber or Lyft it’s very similar to that,” he said. Stop-Hopper service is not available in Adams County.
Farr said almost all of the rabbittransit services are now online. “We’ve really become high tech in the past 2-1/2 years. You can use your smartphone for everything from booking your shared ride trip, to tracking your bus, to paying for your bus. It’s all at your fingertips now.” Farr said the new app was helping attract younger riders.
Farr said rabbittransit had created a non-profit organization, rabbitCares, that helps with veterans’ access, food access, access to medical care, and employment. In terms of employment, Farr said “we help them get the interviews and then we help them for four months afterwards while they’re building some cash to be able to make it on their own.”
Farr said all the more traditional ways of communicating were still available “We’re multi-lingual and we have large print.” Farr said the website had been converted so that the information could be heard audibly.
Laura Neiderer, Comprehensive Planner with the Adams County Office of Planning and Development presented information about the county’s long range transportation plan update.
Neiderer said the Adams County Transportation Planning Organization (ACTPO) must update their long-term plans every 5 years and was asking for public input to better understand the needs of the county. “We want to hear your concerns, your input, on the transportation network in the borough and the county as a whole,” she said. Neiderer said the office will develop a capital improvement plan with priorities.
Feedback can be provided through the public comment map on the ONWARD2050 website and will remain available over the next week. The office will continue doing municipal outreach through the end of the year.
The current version of the report, which will be adopted in July 2022, can be found here.