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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

HARRISBURG, PA – Capital Area Transit (CAT) and Geisinger, an integrated health system, have partnered to improve mobility in the capital region of south central Pennsylvania. Geisinger has made a $43,900 contribution to be used to purchase 550,000 CAT MyPass fare card media that will be used when customers purchased passes. 

The MyPass cards are the foundation of the new fare collection system at CAT.

“We greatly appreciate Geisinger’s generosity in support of our farebox technology upgrade,” Richard H. Farr, CAT Executive Director, said today. “This contribution has allowed CAT to bring the project to completion, thus allowing our community access to the benefits the MyPass fare media brings to transit users. The program will result in more efficient and faster boarding and fare processing, which improve customer experience, on-time performance and data processing, a giant step forward for CAT.”

Public-private partnerships, like CAT and Geisinger, enhance healthcare mobility and improve efficiency by providing more accurate route planning and bus stop locations. The My Pass system expedites boarding, facilitates improved on-time performance and provides more accurate passenger and financial data.

“Geisinger recognizes the vital role public transit has in providing access to healthcare services in the community,” said Steven Youso, GHP president and CEO. “Many of our GHP Family (Medicaid) members rely on public transportation to see their doctors, pick up prescriptions and get to the grocery store. We are pleased to support the organizations making it possible for our patients and members to pursue healthy lives.”

CAT distributed thousands of MyPass brochures onboard buses, at CAT offices and on the CAT website. A Farebox demonstration videos is available on the CAT website to show riders how to use the new fare collection system. Bus drivers and bus operations and maintenance staff have been trained on the use of the new farebox equipment and a hands on class on the use of the new fare box will be available during the press conference. All of this information is available at

About Capital Area Transit
Capital Area Transit was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized CAT to provide mass transit Fixed-Route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today transport about 2 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region. CAT has developed a number of public – private partnerships in recent years

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. The plan serves more than 554,000 members in Pennsylvania. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit

From left to right, Rich Farr, Capital Area Transit executive director; Dr. Shubhra Kumar-Bradley,  interim chief medical officer; Roger Jones, co-chairman of CAT's People with Disabilities Advisory Committee; Carolyn O'Brien, committee secretary; and Eileen Evert, senior director of health and wellness at Geisinger, pose for a photo in front of a CAT bus.
Eileen Evert, senior director of health and wellness at Geisinger, speaks at a press event announcing the partnership with Capital Area Transit.

Also pictured, from left to right, are Jones, O'Brien, Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberger, and Farr.

For media inquiries:

Mark Gilger
Geisinger Health Plan
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