Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
|Slogan||Ride the 'e'|
|Founded||September 20, 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||Yes||Yes||No||Perry Square||Millcreek Mall via Cherry Street|
|3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Intermodal Center||Millcreek Mall via Peach Street, Summit Township|
|4||Yes||No||No||Intermodal Center||Millcreek Mall via Liberty Street||Interline with 26|
(Wed, Fri only)
|No||No||Perry Square||Harborcreek Township|
(Mon, Thu only)
|No||No||Perry Square||Millcreek Mall, Fairview, Girard, Lake City, Albion|
|No||No||Millcreek Mall||Waterford, Union City, Corry|
|14||Yes||Yes||No||Perry Square||Millcreek Mall, McKean, Edinboro, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania|
|16||Yes||Yes||No||Perry Square||Mercyhurst University, Harborcreek Township, Mercyhurst North East|
|17||Yes||Yes||No||Millcreek Mall, Downtown||Mercyhurst University|
|17||No||No||Yes||Millcreek Mall||Penn State Erie|
|18||Yes||No||No||Penn State Erie|
|19||Yes||No||No||Gannon University shuttle|
|20 Bayliner Trolley||Yes||No||No||Intermodal Center||Lincoln Park & Ride, Erie County Courthouse, State and West 14th Streets|
|21||Yes||Yes||Yes||Perry Square||Lawrence Park Township||Interline with 28|
|22||Yes||Yes||No||Perry Square||East 10th Street, Tacoma Road||Interline with 31 and 32|
|23||Yes||No||No||Intermodal Center||Parade Street, East 38th Street, Grandview Plaza|
|24||Yes||No||No||Perry Square||East 38th Street, McClelland Avenue, Bird Drive|
|25||Yes||Yes||Yes||Perry Square||Wesleyville, Saltsman Road, Penn State Erie||Interline with 30|
|26||Yes||Yes||Yes||Intermodal Center||East 26th Street, Penn State Erie|
|27||Yes||Yes||Yes||Intermodal Center||Vetarns Affairs Medical Center, Presque Isle Downs|
|28||Yes||Yes||Yes||Perry Square||West 29th Street, West 32nd Street, Caughey Road||Inerline with 21|
|29||Yes||Yes||No||Intermodal Center,||West 18th Street, West 26th Street, Fortis Institute|
|30||Yes||Yes||Yes||Perry Square||West 10th Street, Yorktown Plaza, Legion Road||Interline with 25|
|31||Yes||Yes||No||Perry Square||Erie International Airport via West 12th Street||Interline with 22|
|32||Yes||No||No||Perry Square||Erie International Airport via West 8th Street||Interline with 22|
|105 Corry Loop||Yes||No||No||Corry|
|Cultural Loop||No||Yes||No||Intermodal Center||Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theater|
|Edinboro Express||Yes||Yes||No||Millcreek Mall||Edinboro University of Pennsylvania|
(Tue, Thu only)
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. 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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