UPDATE: CATC Board President Lou Grunewald said on Wednesday afternoon that “our staff and board were taken by surprise with the city’s actions today.” Further details about Grunewald’s response in regard to the city’s announcement to separate from their contract with CATC is available in this article.
CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Casper announced on Wednesday, April 7 that they plan to separate from their contract with the Casper Area Transportation Coalition over the next 30 days.
The city says the separation will not have major impacts on transportation services in the area.
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“Transit operations will continue as usual throughout the Casper area, City of Mills, Town of Evansville, Town of Bar Nunn, and Natrona County with minimal interruptions during the changeover,” the city said.
The City of Casper and the Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization have been updating the five-year “Transit Strategic Development Plan” since October 2020.
“Preliminary recommendations have outlined new goals in efficiency, quality of public transit information and education, implementation of a marketing plan, and rebranding for both the fixed route and curb-to-curb services,” the city said. “The Casper City Council has decided to take their transit operations in this new direction and will separate from its contract with the Casper Area Transportation Coalition (C.A.T.C.) over the next 30 days.”
“Because the City of Casper is the grant recipient of the federal dollars awarded by the Federal Transit Administration and state funding from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, this change to operate the transit system in the Casper area will better streamline the processes that support these funding channels necessary to maintain this critical service.”
The City of Casper will be the new transit operator and will accept employment applications.
“Job descriptions and wage/benefit information will be posted on the City’s website on, or before, April 13, 2021,” the city said. “The City’s Human Resources Division will assist with the employment transition.”
“The City of Casper and MPO appreciate the work of the C.A.T.C. employees, administration, and Board for over 35 years to provide transit services to central Wyoming.”