TMACC and PennDOT Launch New Shuttle

Great news for jobseekers in the Coatesville area, as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) recently partnered with Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) to launch a new program providing transportation from the City of Coatesville to the Urban Outfitters Distribution Center in Gap, PA. “The Outfitter” launched Monday, February 8, and serves as an employee shuttle and public bus route providing limited stop service from downtown Coatesville directly to the Urban Outfitters Distribution Center. The service, which is managed by TMACC, is free for employees and coincides with the start and finish of each work shift in order to maximize the shuttle’s use.

“Available jobs are of no use if there isn’t a means to get to those jobs,” Chair of Chester County Board of Commissioners Marian Moskowitz said. “That’s why this workforce development agreement between PennDOT and Urban Outfitters is so very important. We applaud both organizations’ commitment to funding, and for their willingness to align transit needs with Urban Outfitters’ shift schedules. Our thanks also goes to the Transportation Management Association of Chester County for bringing ‘The Outfitter’ shuttle service together so quickly. This is a win-win for Coatesville and for Chester County.”

The Outfitter will make four stops along Lincoln Highway in the City of Coatesville, including Strode Avenue, 4th Avenue, 8th Avenue and 13th Avenue.

“Sometimes transportation can be a major barrier to getting to healthcare, shopping, appointments, and jobs,” commented TMACC’s Executive Director, Tim Phelps. “We are thankful that the Governor has committed to this transportation initiative, as well as our partners at PennDOT and URBN for helping to provide this opportunity for the residents of Coatesville and its surrounding municipalities.”

As part of the federal state mandate and the county’s “Simple Ask Wear a Mask” campaign, anyone riding the shuttle will be required to wear a mask in order to ensure the safety of all passengers and staff.

The service will initially run for up to 24 months to determine the area’s local transportation needs and whether or not a permanent service is feasible. Funding for the program has been provided in part by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and URBN.

To learn more about the program and view The Outfitter’s current map and schedule, visit https://www.tmacc.org/the-outfitter.

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