The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA)
Customer Service Center: 108 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CATA’s fixed-route bus system, CATABUS, consists of 23 community bus routes, which provide service between downtown State College, the Penn State campus, and surrounding communities, suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, residential areas, governmental offices, and many other special points of interest. Fare for each one-way trip is $1.75. Persons age 65 and over with a Transit ID Card and children under 40” ride free. Those presenting a valid U.S. Medicare Card or CATA Reduced Fare ID Card may ride for half the fare ($0.85).
The system is further complemented by four integrated routes (the BLUE and WHITE LOOPs and the RED and GREEN LINKs) that provide fare-free Penn State University Park Campus/downtown State College service.
The CATABUS service provides approximately 7.3 million trips per year, and operates entirely on clean compressed natural gas.
CATARIDE provides curb-to-curb transportation primarily for persons age 65 and over and persons whose disabilities prevent their use of the CATABUS system. Pre-registration and a small fare per one-way trip are required, as are advanced reservations for each trip. (This service is also offered to the general public at a higher fare rate.)
CATACOMMUTE is a family of transportation services that includes the Rideshare, Vanpool and Emergency Ride Home programs, designed to provide long-distance commuters with easy and economical commute alternatives.