News Live 365: December 13th, 2017

CATA Provides Free Smock Bridge Transport on Snow Days

Source: Office of Meadville City Manager Andy Walker
The City of Meadville finalized plans with the Crawford Area Transit Authority and its neighboring townships to provide free bus service to pedestrians crossing Smock Bridge during winter weather conditions. 
Beginning immediately and continuing through March 31st, when the sidewalk on the bridge is closed because of inclement weather Pedestrians can use CATA’s Green Route between Domino’s Pizza in Meadville and Giant Eagle in Vernon Township at no cost during hours of operation. CATA operates from 9am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. For more information CATA’s Green Route call (814)336-5600. You can call the office of City Manager Andy Walker at (814)724-6000


211 Can Help

Source: The United Way
The United Way’s 211 service is now available in Crawford and Venango Counties. 
211 is always free and confidential and helps connect people in need with information and people from social services and charities that can help them. You can dial 211 or you can text your zip code and the word need to 898-211.


PA Governor Joins Chorus of State Executives Urging Congress on CHIP

Source: Radio PA
While the Children’s Health Insurance, or CHIP program has been renewed by Pennsylvania the Federal Government has yet to finalize their reauthorization of the plan. 
Governor Tom Wolf has joined with 11 other governor’s including Ohio’s Governor John Kasich and John Hickenlooper of Colorado in a bipartisan letter writing campaign urging Congress to pass full authorization for CHIP in 2018. CHIP has been unfunded in the Federal Government since October.