Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
|Slogan||Ride the 'e'|
|Founded||September 14, 1966|
|Headquarters||127 East 14th Street
|Service area||Erie County|
|Annual ridership||3,408,171 (2012)
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.
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. The Conneaut and Erie Railway Traction Company was formed in 1903 and ran trolleys to east of the city. 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. 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. 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. 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. The last of its trolleys ran between Erie and New York on December 1, 1932. 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.
The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority renamed its bus service "the 'e'" on June 11, 2010.
|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|
(Wed, Fri only)
|No||No||9th and Peach Streets||Harborcreek Township|
(Mon, Thu only)
|No||No||7th and French Streets||Millcreek Mall, Fairview, Girard, Lake City, Albion|
|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|
|Edinboro Express||Yes||Yes||No||N/A||Edinboro University of Pennsylvania|
List of EMTA's fleet
- II (02.502)
- VII (07.501) "3rd Generation"
- LF-35 Trolley Replica
- 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." Some passengers qualify for free rides while others may have to pay a minimum of $1.10 to ride.
Until 2008, EMTA offered a "trackless" trolley that could be rented for special occasions; while the rental program has been discontinued, 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, using trackless trolleys, that takes the place of the Park and ride service in Erie. Currently, there is no fare on the Bayliner route.
- "Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)" (PDF). National Transit Database. Federal Transit Administration. 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "McGraw Electric Railway Manual" 1913, p. 250
- Meier 1985, p. 4.
- Meier 1985, p. 5.
- Springirth 2006, p. 55.
- Meier 1985, p. 8.
- Lewis, Erin (June 11, 2010). "EMTA changes its name to 'the e'". Erie Times-News. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
- "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.
- - LIFT Program
- EMTA - Types Of Transit
- "Bayliner Trolley Service". Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- Meier, Albert E (January 1985). "Erie". Motor Coach Age. West Trenton, NJ: Motor Bus Society.
- McGraw Electric Railway Manual. New York: McGraw Publishing. 1913. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
- Springirth, Kenneth C (2006). Greater Erie Trolleys. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3938-4. Retrieved March 27, 2007.
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