Chatham Area Transit has launched a new service "that allows customers to get CAT-related news texted directly to their cell phones," a CAT spokesperson says.
The texts will initially include notifications of major service alerts "that impact services for a day or longer, including schedule adjustments, bus stop closures and route changes," CAT says.
Subscribers can also sign up to be notified of upcoming public meetings and events.
Those who want to sign up for the service should text RIDECAT to 41411.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the importance of keeping the public informed, as we continuously implement new safety measures and service adjustments to protect employees and customers,” said CEO Bacarra S. Mauldin. “The text notification service helps us accomplish that goal.”
The launch marks the beginning of the first phase of the text alert service. CAT is in the process of having a new Intelligent Transportation System installed throughout its computer networks, facilities and vehicles. The total installation is expected to take place over the course of the next year.