Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority

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Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
Logo of EMTA.svg
EMTA Gillig 0921.jpg
Current livery
Slogan Ride the 'e'
Founded September 14, 1966
Headquarters 127 East 14th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania
 United States
Service area Erie County
Service type Bus
Routes 31
Fleet 70 buses
Annual ridership 3,408,171[1] (2012)
Increase 8.3% from 2011
Fuel type Diesel, CNG
Chief executive Michael Tann

The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) is the transit authority that owns and operates the public transport system in the city of Erie and around Erie County, Pennsylvania which includes the 'e', the area's transit buses; LIFT, the county paratransit service; and Bayliner Trolley, the downtown circulator.


A newspaper photograph of an early EMTA bus and streetcar.

The first public transportation system in Erie was established on March 1, 1897 as the Erie City Passenger Railway Company. On October 8, 1888, the Erie Electric Motor Company took control of the Erie City Passenger Railway.[2] The Conneaut and Erie Railway Traction Company was formed in 1903 and ran trolleys to east of the city.[3] On December 24, 1906, the Buffalo and Lake Erie Traction Company took control of the Erie Electric Motor Company and completed its 92-mile (148 km) line to Buffalo, New York in 1909.[3] When the Conneaut and Erie was abandoned on September 16, 1922, the West Ridge Transportation Company was started the next year to run buses along the abandoned trolley route.[3] The Buffalo and Lake Erie was reorganized into the Buffalo and Erie Railway Company on September 5, 1924 and the streetcar system in Erie was split from the Buffalo and Erie to form the Erie Railways Company.[4] Unable to expanded to invest in an expansion of the streetcar system, four Yellow Coach "Z"'s were acquired and were operated by the Erie Coach Company, a newly formed subsidiary of the Erie Railways Company in 1925.[4] The last of its trolleys ran between Erie and New York on December 1, 1932.[5] The streetcars were put out of service in 1935. The city and county took over the Erie Coach Company and formed the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority on September 20, 1966.[6]

The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority renamed its bus service "the 'e'" on June 11, 2010.[7]

The 'e'[edit]


An EMTA New Flyer D35LF
Route Mon–Fri Sat Sun Inbound terminus Destinations served Notes
1 Glenwood Yes Yes No Perry Square Millcreek Mall
3 Peach Street Yes Yes Yes Intermodal Center Millcreek Mall, Summit Township
4 Liberty Street Yes No No Intermodal Center Millcreek Mall
7 Night Owl No
(Fri and Sat only)
No No Mercyhurst University Downtown Erie
11 Harborcreek No
(Wed, Fri only)
No No 9th and Peach Streets Harborcreek Township
12 Albion No
(Mon, Thu only)
No No 7th and French Streets Millcreek Mall, Fairview, Girard, Lake City, Albion
13 Corry No
(Fri only)
No No Millcreek Mall Waterford, Union City, Corry
14 Edinboro Yes Yes No 7th and French Streets Millcreek Mall, McKean, Edinboro, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
15 East 38th Street No Yes No Penn State Erie Mercyhurst University, Millcreek Mall
16 North East Yes Yes No 7th and French Street Mercyhurst University, Harborcreek Township, Mercyhurst North East, North East
17 Briggs Avenue No
(Tue, Wed only)
Yes Yes Millcreek Mall Mercyhurst University, Penn State Erie (Sunday only)
18 Penn State Behrend Yes No No N/A Penn State Erie
19 Gannon University Yes No No N/A Gannon University
20A Downtown Loop Yes No No Intermodal Center State Street (Downtown Erie)
20B Lincoln Park-N-Ride Yes No No UPMC Hamot Lincoln Park-N-Ride
20C Courthouse Loop Yes No No Intermodal Center Erie County Courthouse
20L Cultural Loop No Yes No Intermodal Center Erie Art Museum, Erie Insurance Arena, Erie Playhouse, Warner Theater
21 Lawrence Park Yes Yes Yes 9th and Peach Streets Lawrence Park
22 Tacoma Yes Yes No 7th and French Streets Tacoma Avenue
23 Belle Valley Yes No No Intermodal Center Belle Valley, Greene Township
24 McClelland Yes No No 7th and French Street McClelland Avenue
25 Wesleyville Yes Yes Yes 7th and French Streets Wesleyville, Saltsman Road, Penn State Erie
26 East 26th Street Yes Yes Yes Intermodal Center East 26th Street, Penn State Erie
27 State Street Yes Yes Yes Intermodal Center Presque Isle Downs
28 Erie Heights Yes Yes Yes 7th and French Street
29 Asbury Yes Yes No Intermodal Center West 26th Street, Asbury Road
30 West Millcreek Yes Yes Yes 7th and French Streets Millcreek Township, Legion Road
31 Frontier Yes Yes No 10th and French Streets Erie International Airport, West 12th Street
32 Westlake Yes No No 10th and French Streets Erie International Airport, West Lake Road
105 Corry Loop Yes No No N/A Corry
229 Fairview Yes No No Fairview
Edinboro Express Yes Yes No N/A Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
A Bayliner trolley-replica bus

Bus Fleet[edit]

List of EMTA's fleet[edit]

  • OBI
    • II (02.502)
    • VII (07.501) "3rd Generation"
  • NFI
  • Gillig
    • LF-35 Trolley Replica
    • LF-40
  • Optima
    • AH-28 American Heritage Streetcar (trolley-replica buses)

Twelve CNG buses, only alternative fuel in fleet


"LIFT" is EMTA's paratransit program in that provides door-to-door transportation services to people who have physical disabilities, are senior citizens or anyone who lives "beyond the bus routes or are unable to utilize bus services."[9] Some passengers qualify for free rides while others may have to pay a minimum of $1.10 to ride.

Other programs[edit]

Until 2008, EMTA offered a "trackless" trolley that could be rented for special occasions; while the rental program has been discontinued,[10] this type of vehicle is still used for Route 20. Another program from EMTA is their "Bike on the Bus" program for bicyclists that allows them to take the bus to a destination while carrying their bike on a rack on the front of the bus for free. EMTA has a "Bayliner Trolley" route,[11] using trackless trolleys, that takes the place of the Park and ride service in Erie. Currently, there is no fare on the Bayliner route.

An EMTA Ford E-450 bus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)" (PDF). National Transit Database. Federal Transit Administration. 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "McGraw Electric Railway Manual" 1913, p. 250
  3. ^ a b c Meier 1985, p. 4.
  4. ^ a b Meier 1985, p. 5.
  5. ^ Springirth 2006, p. 55.
  6. ^ Meier 1985, p. 8.
  7. ^ Lewis, Erin (June 11, 2010). "EMTA changes its name to 'the e'". Erie Times-News. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Greener Trucks and Bus Fleets - Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)". Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  9. ^ - LIFT Program
  10. ^ EMTA - Types Of Transit
  11. ^ "Bayliner Trolley Service". Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 


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