Monroe County Transit Authority

Monroe County Transit Authority

Monroe County Transit Authority
Founded 1979
Headquarters 1 MCTA Drive
Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
Locale Swiftwater, PA
Service area Monroe County, Pennsylvania
Service type Bus, Paratransit
Routes 5
Fleet 19 Fixed Route, 42 Paratransit
Daily ridership 1,600
Fuel type Diesel, Gas, Hybrid Diesel

The Monroe County Transit Authority, known as the Pocono Pony, is a public transportation service located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. It provides rural and inter-city fixed route bus and paratransit service within the county.[1] MCTA is funded in part by PennDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, local match and farebox revenue.[2][3]

In 2013, East Stroudsburg was designated an Urbanized Zone and became a Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4] Monroe County Transit Authority is now considered an urban transit system by the Federal Transit Administration.

MCTA had over 318,709 riders in 2012 on both the fixed route bus and paratransit programs.

Fixed Route Service

MCTA provides fixed route service along Monroe County's primary roadways. Service is generally hourly during weekdays, varied on Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Stroud Township, Bartonsville, Tannersville, Mt. Pocono and Coolbaugh Township. The Red Route provides service to East Stroudsburg University and Pocono Medical Center. The Blue Route has service to Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, the Crossings Premium Outlets in Tannersville, Mt. Pocono and Coolbaugh Township. There is no service on Sunday.

In 2013, MCTA launched a Live Bus View for patrons to view the actual location of the buses. In November of 2013, MCTA will be launching a new fare system that will use state of the art contactless fare cards. The new fare cards will be called "MoGo" as in "Miles to Go." Miles is the official mascot of the Monroe County Transit Authority.

Route Name Places Served External links
Red Route East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Stroud Township Schedule
Blue Route Stroud Township, Bartsonville, Tannersville, Mt. Pocono, Coolbaugh Township Schedule
Orange Route Stroud Township, Bartsonville, Snydersville, Chestnuthill Township, Brodheadsville, Mt. Effort, Sierra View, Indian Mountain Lakes Schedule
Yellow Route Stroud Township, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Delaware Water Gap Borough, Marshalls Creek, Middle Smithfield Township, Fernwood Schedule
Tobyhanna Express East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Stroud Township, Bartonsville, Coolbaugh Township, Tobyhanna Army Depot Schedule

The Monroe County Transit Authority schedule can be found via Google Transit.

Shared Ride Service

Curb to curb paratransit service is available at a discounted cost to eligible populations. Examples of eligible groups are senior citizens, 65 years or older, persons with disabilities and Medical Assistance Transportation Program participants.[5]

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Transit in the Park

MCTA, with funding from a Transit in the Park pilot grant from DEWA, began providing summer weekend service to areas within the park. In 2013, MCTA is providing free weekend service between Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend to Delaware Water Gap borough, Shawnee Inn, Smithfield Beach, Fernwood Resort, Bushkill Boat Launch and Dingmans Boat Launch.This is an external link to the schedule.