Fare Options and Information
There is no fare required for the CATABUS Campus Service (LOOP and LINK Routes.) A fare is required for every one-way trip on the 20 Community Service Routes. Cash, tokens, transfers and passes are the available fare options. While CATA accepts LionCash+ for the purchase of tokens and passes at the Downtown Office, LionCash+ cannot be used to pay the cash fare on the buses. The exceptions to the required fare are noted below (under Passes).
Payment options for the purchase of tokens and passes: In addition to cash or personal checks accompanied by proper photo identification, CATA accepts Visa and Master Card for debit or credit purchases of tokens and passes at both CATA offices. CATA also accepts LionCash+ for the purchase of tokens and passes at the Downtown Office only.
$1.50: Exact change only, drivers do not carry change.
Tokens (one token is valid for one fare)
Token singles: $1.50
For frequent riders, CATA offers the "ONEPASS", good for unlimited rides on all CATABUS Community routes. Monthly passes are sold in increments of one and four months based on the following cost schedule:
A three-month pass, for example, would cost $177.00 (the cost of 3 one-month passes) and a five month pass would cost $288.00 (the cost of a four-month pass + a one-month pass)
The “ONEPASS” is available in monthly increments ranging from 1 to 12 months, beginning on any day of a given month. For example, a pass for three months which begins on March 21st will expire on June 20th. For $31 more, you may add a half month (from the 16th to the 30th/31st or from the 1st to the 15th) only to the beginning or end of passes which correspond to calendar months.
"ONEPASSES" may be purchased at either CATA office during regular office hours from opening until 4:30 p.m. If you already have a "ONEPASS", you can order your next pass by mail; click here for the order form, which includes instructions and must be completed and mailed to CATA with your payment. You may copy the form for future orders or print a new one each time. Please call CATA at 814-238-2282 x 120 if you have questions about how to order a pass by mail.
Family Passes are available and valid for unlimited use of all CATABUS routes and include additional passes for a spouse and all immediate family members under 18 years of age (minimum of 3 related persons to qualify as a family). The cost for a Family Pass is equal to two times the regular pass rate (eg. a four month Family Pass would cost $458.00).
Penn State Employees Ride For Five Program: A special pass is available to Penn State full-time employees through payroll deduction for only $5/month. For more information on the Ride For Five program please contact or visit the University Park Campus Parking Office at the Eisenhower Parking Deck, (814) 865-1436.
Exceptions to the required fare