CATARIDE provides curb-to-curb transportation primarily for persons 65 and over and persons whose disabilities prevent their use of the CATABUS system.
CATARIDE service is open to the public, but only those age 65 and over or those eligible for paratransit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may use CATARIDE at reduced fares.
Those eligible who wish to utilize CATARIDE at reduced rates must pre-register for the service by completing a short application, available at CATA’s Customer Service Center located at 108 E. Beaver Avenue in State College and online at www.catabus.com. (Doctor’s verification is also required for persons with disabilities.) Once approved, participants will receive a CATARIDE photo identification card that will be shown to drivers upon boarding CATARIDE vehicles.
Please click here for eligibility guidelines for paratransit service under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
All trips must have both an origin and destination within the CATARIDE service area. You may call the CATARIDE Reservation Line to determine whether your trip lies within the service area.
(Please note: This map shows only a very general service area for CATARIDE service. Please contact the CATARIDE Reservation Line for specific information.)
In Bellefonte and State College Boroughs, and in Benner, College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, Patton and Spring Townships, service operates up to 3/4 of a mile in any direction from any CATABUS route (subject to change with biannual CATABUS service revisions).
Service currently operates in CATA’s member municipalities (State College Borough and College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton Townships) from 4:45 a.m. until 1:00 a.m., Monday through Friday (until 4:00 a.m. Thursday and Friday during the Penn State fall and spring semesters), from 7:45 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Saturday (until 4:00 a.m. during the Penn State fall and spring semesters), and from 7:45 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Sundays. In other municipalities (Bellefonte Borough, Benner, Halfmoon and Spring Townships), service operates at times and on days that CATABUS service operates in those locations.
CATARIDE does not operate on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or on any other days when CATABUS fixed-route service does not operate. Service on Christmas Eve ends at 6:30 p.m.
CATARIDE Reservation Line:
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., daily
Advance reservations are required for each one-way trip on CATARIDE, including return trips and each additional stop along the way. Riders may make reservations up to fourteen (14) days prior to travel (but no later than 7:00 p.m. the day before). Same day reservations are not permitted.
When calling, please specify the exact location, building entrance, etc., where you wish to be picked up, and provide a telephone number(s) where you can be reached during your travels.
If you travel between the same points at the same time at least one day per week, you may request a standing reservation (the vehicle will automatically be scheduled for those trips and you do not need to make a reservation for each trip). However, you must notify CATARIDE each time you wish to cancel or change the time of a standing reservation.
Because individual trips will be grouped into shared rides whenever possible, your pick-up time may be scheduled up to 60 minutes earlier or later than your requested time. Please notify the dispatcher if your trip is to get to your job or a medical appointment. You will be notified of the scheduled pick-up time when you make your reservation.
On the day of your trip, the vehicle will arrive as much as 15 minutes before or after the scheduled time. Please be waiting at the door and ready to board whenever the vehicle arrives within this time frame. Once the CATARIDE vehicle arrives, it will wait 5 minutes from its arrival time for you to begin boarding. This is strictly enforced to prevent unnecessary delays for others. (If the vehicle arrives earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time, you are not required to be ready or to begin boarding ahead of the 15-minute time window unless you wish to do so.)
Drivers are only permitted to assist passengers to and from the vehicle at the curb and with packages while getting on or off the vehicle. (Additional assistance to a residence’s door for persons with disabilities only is available upon prior request.) Drivers are not permitted to enter residences or other buildings to assist passengers at any time.
Fares are required for each one-way trip (each stop made is counted as one trip). Please have exact fare ready as drivers do not carry change.
Fares for Eligible Persons Age 65 and Over
and Persons with Disabilities:
$3.00 per one-way trip
CATARIDE coupons are also available for purchase for $3.00 per coupon or $60.00 for a book of 20. Each coupon is valid for a single one-way trip.
Full (General Public) Fare:
$20.00 per one-way trip
Reduced fares for persons age 65 and over are made possible by the Pennsylvania Lottery Fund.
CATARIDE service is provided through the use of 12-passenger lift-equipped minivans and sedans that make boarding and deboarding easy and convenient. The vehicles can easily accommodate most wheelchairs and scooters; if you have any question as to whether or not the installed lifts can accommodate your mobility device, please contact the CATARIDE Reservation Line for further details and specifications.
All items brought on board by passengers must either be held on the passenger’s lap, or sit on the floor at their feet, without blocking the aisle of the bus. In addition, drivers will not load carts or strollers or watch a passenger’s packages, and are only permitted to assist with packages while a passenger is getting on or off the vehicle. Packages cannot take up a seat and are limited to what a passenger can hold on their lap.
Service animals are welcome on CATA vehicles at any time. Other animals are permitted to ride with their owner if the animal is in an approved pet carrier or is muzzled.
ESCORTS & PCAs
Escorts: Each passenger may travel with one companion/escort. (CATARIDE does not provide escorts.) Escorts, regardless of age or disability, pay the same fare as the passenger. Please notify the CATARIDE dispatcher that you will be using an escort when making your reservation.
Personal Care Attendants (PCAs): Passengers with disabilities may travel with a PCA, who pays no fare, if the requirements for a PCA are met and use of a PCA is approved in advance by CATA. To qualify, the eligible passenger must regularly make use of someone designated or employed specifically to assist with daily life activities who actually acts in that capacity.
The need for a PCA, in accordance with the above requirements, must be detailed on the CATARIDE registration application, and you must first receive approval from CATA to travel with a PCA. Whether or not you qualify for an approved PCA, you may travel with one fare-paying companion/escort, as noted above.
Visitors with disabilities who have documentation from another transit authority certifying eligibility for paratransit under ADA may use CATARIDE by showing such documentation. Without documentation visitors must notify CATA of their disability and place of residence to obtain approval to use CATARIDE. The service may be used for 21 calendar days from the first date of use of the service, after which visitors must be determined eligible by CATA.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For additional information on eligibility and registration for the CATARIDE program, and for detailed information on the policies and procedures governing the service, please visit CATA’s Customer Service Center at 108 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, or call (814) 238-CATA(2282).
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OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST
Persons age 65 and over may ride the CATABUS fixed-route public bus system at no cost with a Transit Identification Card. Persons over 65 may ride for half the regular fare when presenting a valid U.S. Medicare card.
Eligible passengers with disabilities may utilize the CATABUS fixed-route public bus system for half of the regular cash fare with a Reduced Fare Identification Card or by presenting a valid U.S. Medicare card when boarding.
The Centre County Office of Transportation
(814) 355-6807, www.centrecountypa.gov
Penn State Paratransit Service
(814) 863-7021, www.transportation.psu.edu