FALL 2017 CATABUS Service and Fare Changes

The following service and fare changes to CATABUS and CATARIDE will take effect with the resumption of CATABUS Full Service on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Included below the description of each service change is a link to new versions of each affected schedule with those changes from the current schedules highlighted.

link to Fall 2015 Ride Guide click here to download the new Ride Guide Fall 2017 RIDE GUIDES

The 104 page full color book includes all of this fall's service changes and is your complete printed source of CATABUS schedule information. You can view the book and download a pdf version now using the link below.

Fall 2017 RIDE GUIDE

The Fall 2017 Ride Guide are also available on all of our buses and at our Customer Service Center. If you would like to have one mailed to you, please call our Customer Service Center or email CATA at cata@catabus.com.

CATABUS

A one-way trip on the CATABUS system will increase from $1.75 to $2.00 (Reduced Fare from $.85 to $1.00).  One-month OnePasses will increase from $69.00 to $79.00, and four-month passes will increase from $268.00 to $309.00.  The cost for tokens will increase to $2.00 each or $39.00 per roll of 20.  The cost for Reduced Fare tokens will increase to $1.00 each or $20.00 per roll of 20.

Also, Family Passes have been phased out from the existing fare options in favor of the less expensive Youth Passes and CATA will begin offering $6 Day Passes via a mobile ticketing pilot project. Click here for more information on that new option.

Community Service Fare Changes Effective Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fare Category

Current Fare

New Fare

Full Cash Fare (per trip)

$1.75

$2.00

Tokens

$1.75/each
$34.00/roll of 20

$2.00/each
$39.00/roll of 20

Day Pass

--

$6.00
via mobile ticketing

Reduced Fare (per trip)

$0.85

$1.00

Reduced Fare Tokens

$0.85/each
$17.00/roll of 20

$1.00/each
$20.00/roll of 20

1-Month OnePass*

$69.00

$79.00

4-Month OnePass

$268.00

$309.00

Family Pass

2x the regular
pass price

Eliminated

Youth Pass

$23.00/month

$26.00/month

*OnePasses are sold in increments of one and four months; a 3-month pass, for example, would cost $237.00 under the proposed fare structure.

printable version of just the fare changes

 

Community Service Changes Effective Saturday August 19, 2017

HP Toftrees/Scenery Park:
• The HP has been experiencing chronic schedule adherence issues due to delays associated with increased traffic and ridership. To try and improve on time performance while preserving the current operating frequency, the north end of the route, between Geisinger Gray's Woods and Waddle Road, will change to a loop. The inbound trips leaving Geisinger Gray's Woods will now travel US322/I99 back to Waddle Road instead of traveling back along North Atherton and back through the Colonnade.
• Stop 254 - 240 Toftrees Ave (Turtle Creek Apts) is now a timed stop

New HP Toftrees/Scenery Park schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

M Nittany Mall:
Changes were made to the M, XB and XG Route three years ago in preparation for the opening of The Villas at Happy Valley. M Route service was expanded as part of those changes and, after three years weekday ridership during the middle of the day, has not met projections. Thus, some of M route trips that were added during Full Service (PSU Fall & Spring Semesters) will be eliminated, while others will be changed to operate year-round. Sunday service is being expanded in response to growth in Sunday ridership and demand for earlier service. Here's more detail on those changes:

• The 10:10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. inbound and outbound trips, which are currently shaded and only operate during Full Service (PSU Fall & Spring Semesters), will be unshaded and will operate year-round.
• The 11:20 a.m., 12:30, 1:40, 2:50, 8:40, 9:50, and 11:00 p.m. shaded trips will be eliminated. (The XB and XG routes provide service between the Nittany Mall and campus/downtown during a couple of those time same time slots.)
• The 11:22 p.m. outbound trip will end at the Villas at Happy Valley stop on Fridays in Full Service just like it does Monday - Thursday.
• The 12:05 a.m. inbound trip, which currently only operates on Fridays in Full Service, will be eliminated.
• Sunday Service will now start at the same time as Saturday; 6:40 a.m. - three hours earlier than it current does (9:57 a.m.)

New M Nittany Mall schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

N Martin St/Aaron Dr:
• The first two inbound stops on Martin Street have been merged into a single, enhanced stop in between those two stops. Stop 483 - 1540 Martin St (Nittany Oil), has been eliminated and stop 481 - 1460 Martin Street, has been relocated and renamed Martin Street at Herman Drive. The new relocated stop includes a concrete pad, a shelter and a bench.

New N Martin St/Aaron Dr schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

NE Martin St/Aaron Dr Express:
• The first two inbound stops on Martin Street have been merged into a single, enhanced stop in between those two stops. Stop 483 - 1540 Martin St (Nittany Oil), has been eliminated and stop 481 - 1460 Martin Street, has been relocated and renamed Martin Street at Herman Drive. The new relocated stop includes a concrete pad, a shelter and a bench.
• Changes to Allen Road between the Music Building and Park Avenue have eliminated the stop on campus right after the Pattee Transit Center: stop 5 - Allen Rd at Music Building.

New NE Martin St/Aaron Dr Express schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

NV Havershire/Martin/Vairo/Toftrees:
• Stop 254 - 240 Toftrees Ave (Turtle Creek Apts) is now a timed stop

New NV Havershire/Martin/Vairo/Toftrees schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017
(w/changes highlighted)

RC Waupelani/Campus:
In January 2017 service was extended out West Whitehall Road to Cato Park connecting the two South Hills School campuses and providing a more frequent and direct connection between campus and the Cato Park destinations. Based on our experience during Spring Semester 2017, two changes are proposed for this August:

• The last inbound trip has been eliminated (7:00 p.m.)
• All of the timetable departures have been adjusted by a few minutes. The change will also align the RC better with the R Route allowing inbound trips to depart a few minutes ahead of the R, similar to how the express service operates in the Vairo Blvd and Martin Street corridors.

• Changes to Allen Road between the Music Building and Park Avenue have eliminated the stop on campus right after the Pattee Transit Center: stop 5 - Allen Rd at Music Building.

New RC Waupelani/Campus schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017
(w/changes highlighted)

RP Waupelani/Downtown:
• All of the timetable departures have been moved up 3 minutes to align the RP better with the R Route allowing outbound trips to depart from downtown State College a few minutes ahead of the R.

New RP Waupelani/Downtown schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017
(w/changes highlighted)

VE Vairo Blvd. Express:
Music Bldg stop eliminated
• The one outbound bus that operated three minutes ahead of the other outbound bus will now operate together with that other second (3 minuter later) bus.
• Changes to Allen Road between the Music Building and Park Avenue have eliminated the stop on campus right after the Pattee Transit Center: stop 5 - Allen Rd at Music Building.

New VE Vairo Blvd. Express schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017
(w/changes highlighted)

VN Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire:
• The first two stops on Martin Street have been merged into a single, enhanced stop in between those two stops. Stop 483 - 1540 Martin St (Nittany Oil), has been eliminated and stop 481 - 1460 Martin Street, has been relocated and renamed Martin Street at Herman Drive. The new relocated stop includes a concrete pad, a shelter and a bench.

New VN Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017
(w/changes highlighted)

WE Havershire Blvd Express:
• All of the timetable departures have been moved back three minutes to better align with the W Route service.
• Changes to Allen Road between the Music Building and Park Avenue have eliminated the stop on campus right after the Pattee Transit Center: stop 5 - Allen Rd at Music Building.

New WE Havershire Blvd Express schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

XG Pleasant Gap:
• The outbound to the Mall & Pleasant Gap trip that currently starts at the Beaver Ave at Schlow Library & CATA Customer Serviced Center stop at 3:26 p.m. will now start at the Nittany Mall main entrance stop at the same time it currently leaves that stop (3:39 p.m.). Service from campus and downtown to the Mall will still be available around that time via the XB (3:22 p.m. from Schlow).

New XG Pleasant Gap schedule effective Saturday August 19, 2017 (w/changes highlighted)

Campus Service Changes Effective Saturday August 19, 2017

Red Link:
• The Red Link has been experiencing chronic schedule adherence issues from delays associated with increased traffic and ridership. These issues are limited to weekdays during Fall and Spring semesters. Additional time has been added into the Full Service weekday schedule changing the current daytime 17 minute service frequency to every 20 minutes, and evening 23 minute service frequency to every 25 minutes.
• Service frequency will not change during Reduced Service weekdays or on weekends, however the specific departure times have been adjusted by a few minutes.

 

CATARIDE

A one-way trip on CATARIDE will increase from $3.00 per trip for persons 65 and over and qualifying persons with disabilities to $3.25 per trip.  Public fare for the program will increase from $20.00 per trip to $21.65.

CATARIDE Fare Changes Effective Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fare Category

Current Fare

New Fare

Persons 65 and Over (Shared Ride) (per trip)

$3.00

$3.25

Persons with Disabilities (ADA) (per trip)

$3.00

$3.25

CATARIDE Tokens

$3.00/each
$60.00/roll of 20

$3.25/each
$65.00/roll of 20

General Public

$20.00

$21.65

 

CATARIDE Fare Increase Implementation
August 19, 2017 - Tokens $3.25

Lottery 65+ Passengers (seniors)

Due to Shared Ride Lottery program requirements, it is necessary for CATA to make changes with the fare collection process for seniors.

Effective August 19, riders may pay $3.25 in cash, or $.25 plus a token.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

ADA Passengers

Effective August 19, riders may pay $3.25 cash, or a token.

Exact change is required as drivers do not carry change.  Checks are not accepted.

If you have questions, feel free to contact CATA’s ADA Paratransit Manager,
Cynthia Zerbe, (814) 238-CATA(2282) or czerbe@catabus.com.

printable version of just the fare changes

printable version of the CATABUS and CATARIDE fare and service changes

link to information on mobile options