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 20, 1966
Headquarters 127 East 14th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania
 United States
Service area Erie County
Service type Bus
Routes 24
Fleet 68 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 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
11 No
(Wed, Fri only)
No No Perry Square Harborcreek Township
12 No
(Mon, Thu only)
No No Perry Square Millcreek Mall, Fairview, Girard, Lake City, Albion
13 No
(Fri only)
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
Edinboro Loop No
(Tue, Thu only)
No No Edinboro, McKean

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. 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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