Buses

State College - Centre Daily TimesJune 3, 2012 

Centre Area Transportation Authority is the public bus system that serves the State College area and carries more than 7 million riders a year and is supported by fees paid by riders, contributions from the municipalities it serves, Penn State and federal and state funding.

CATA was incorporated in 1974 as a joint municipal authority of five Centre Region municipalities: State College and College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships.

Later agreements with Bellefonte and Spring, Benner and Halfmoon townships have allowed for service extensions to Bellefonte, Pleasant Gap and Stormstown.

CATA provides several types of transportation services:

CATABUS — Community service
This is a fixed-route regional bus service connecting participating municipalities to downtown State College and the Penn State campus.
Cash (exact change only), tokens (each valid for one fare) and passes may be used as fare on any of the 17 routes. Fare for service is $1.50.

TRANSFERS
For people who want to take more than one community service bus to complete a one-way trip, transfers are free and serve as substitute fares for the second bus ride. Ask the driver upon boarding the first bus for a transfer.

SENIOR CITIZEN FREE TRANSIT PROGRAM
Senior citizens (65 and older) may ride the community service system for free by presenting the driver with a senior transit identification card. The card is available at both CATA offices: 2081 W. Whitehall Road, Ferguson Township, and 108 E. Beaver Ave., State College. An application and proof of age are required.

CATABUS — CAMPUS SERVICE
The Loop provides fare-free service around the Penn State campus and downtown State College.
The Loop comprises two routes that run at the same times and cover the same general territory. The difference is that they travel in opposite directions: the White Loop covers downtown and campus via Beaver Avenue while the Blue Loop covers downtown and campus via College Avenue.
The Link provides fare-free service on Curtin Road and Park Avenue between the east and west ends of campus. The Red Link runs between Innovation Park and the White Course Apartments; the Green Link runs between the Beaver Stadium parking lot and North Atherton Street.
Their schedules vary with the Penn State academic calendar.

CATARIDE
This service provides curb-to-curb transportation for senior citizens and people with disabilities unable to use fixed-route service. For information or to request an application and brochure, call 238-2282.

CATACOMMUTE
This family of services includes RideShare, Vanpool, Guaranteed Ride Home and Park and Ride programs. These programs are designed to assist long distance commuters in finding a shared ride with someone who travels at the same time and to a relatively similar destination. The Guaranteed Ride Home program provides an emergency ride home for those in rideshare arrangements when the need arises, taking the fear out of being stranded.

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