The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CTA) system services all of Cape Girardeau County in their 150-mile coverage area.
According to Steve Colbert, operations and human resources manager, the CTA has 36 vehicles. Four are designated for the Cape city bus service, two are designated for workforce transportation, 10 are primarily for wheel chair accessibility and 20 are designated as general transportation.
The average cost of traveling around Cape ranges from $6 – $10 depending on the location and number of passengers per group. Additional passengers going to and from the same origin and destination are an additional $3. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. a $2 fee is issued.
The CTA’s ridership numbers have stayed somewhat consistent for the past four years. In 2010 the CTA averaged 12,173 riders per month, in 2011 they averaged 11,612 riders per month, and in 2012 they averaged 11,326 riders per month.
Ridership numbers for 2013 have been tabulated from January through September, during which time the CTA reports 128,589 total riders – which calculates, so far, to an average 14,288 riders per month. Previous yearly ride totals average approximately 130,000.
Wheel chair accessible vans are in very high demand in the county, so Colbert suggested calling 24 hours in advance to book a particular time frame with the vans. The CTA is capable of performing transportation for Medicaid, senior and disabled persons.
Colbert said that shopping areas and downtown Cape Girardeau are the most popular areas for transportation, along with trips to doctor appointments.
Nearly $360,000 is used annually to fuel these modes of transportation, not including necessary vehicle maintenance. That amount is part of their annual $2.1 million budget.
The City of Cape Girardeau provides the CTA with an annual amount of $110,000 that is applied to city’s fixed bus routes. The bus routes alone cost approximately $278,000 to operate.
According to the CTA website, their funding streams vary greatly beyond that provided by the City. Contributors also include the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Aging Matters, the Cape Girardeau County Commission, the Cape Girardeau County Senior Citizen Service Fund and the City of Jackson.
The CTA provides the community with transportation for various needs such as going to work, attending doctor appointments, traveling to and from school, shopping needs and many others.
The CTA also offers Greyhound ticket sale services in the CTA office. The Greyhound bus arrives twice daily, one going south and the other going north, with various stops along the way.
Calling the CTA for transportation in the Cape Girardeau County area can be done by dialing (573) 335-5533 and pushing the number one when prompted.
For more information on the CTA, visit their website at cgcta.com.