CATA is pleased to announce that the Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania (ATA), which serves Clearfield County, will launch a regional commuter bus service, the Clearfield-Centre Connector, linking Clearfield, Philipsburg and State College on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
The service, which will run Monday through Friday and be operated by Fullington, will provide two trips into State College each morning originating in Hyde at 5:24 a.m. and 6:24 a.m. Stops along the route include the Clearfield County Courthouse; Irwin Drive in Decatur Village; and the Gas Light Café, the Philips Hotel, 8th Avenue & Presqueisle Street and the Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg. In the Centre Region the buses will discharge passengers at the Bryce Jordan Center and Pattee Transit Center on the Penn State Campus.
Return trips will depart from the Bryce Jordan Center (Stadium West bus stop) at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and from the Pattee Transit Center (Westbound bus stop on the Chambers Building side) at 4:22 p.m. and 5:22 p.m.
Registered riders will be eligible to participate in CATA’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides up to four rides home annually in the case of emergency. (Program restrictions apply.)
“Census data shows that nearly 4,800 Clearfield residents travel into Centre County each day, and the majority of those trips are at prime commuting times,” notes Hugh Mose, CATA General Manager. “We’re delighted to see this service take effect on January 2, as a complement to CATA’s existing CATACOMMUTE program, and expect that it will provide a new, convenient, inexpensive transportation alternative to those traveling into the area each day.”
In honor of the inauguration of the Clearfield-Centre Connector, buses will operate fare-free from Wednesday, January 2, through Friday, January 18, making it easy for riders to try the service for free prior to purchasing daily, or discounted monthly or annual, passes.
A brochure outlining the Clearfield-Centre Connector service, a map of the route, a schedule and information on fares can be found by visiting the ATA website. Prospective riders can obtain additional information by contacting ATA Customer Service at (866) 282-4968.