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CATA Celebrates Seventh Annual 'Dump the Pump' Day; Two Vans to be Donated

by on June 20, 2012 6:00 AM

CATA Bus officials say it's easy: "Dump the Pump" and ride free around State College all day Thursday.

All Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) buses will operate free of charge for every person who rides that day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, Dump the Pump Day is celebrating its seventh year.

"Dump the Pump Day is an event that encourages people to ride public transportation to help conserve gasoline and to explore alternative, more cost-efficient transportation options," CATA said in a statement on its website.

"To enjoy the cost savings and the many other benefits public transportation provides, on Thursday, June 21, leave your car at home, invite a friend or co-worker to join you, climb aboard, and join CATA in participating in national Dump the Pump Day."

Complete information can be found at

In other CATA news, the organization has announced it will donate to surplus CATACOMMUTE vanpool vans to nonprofit organizations and/or local governments.

According to CATA, two vans currently scheduled to retire will be available for donation through a "competitive application process."

Factors under consideration for donation include need, demonstrated community benefit, the number of trips to be provided and service coordination.

Charitable agencies in the community with 501(c)3 status and local governments are eligible to apply.

Applications are available on the CATA website at or by contacting Terri Quici, CATA Commuter Services Manager, at (814) 238-CATA(2282) ext. 134

The vans available for donation are white 2005 Chevrolet 3500 15-passenger vans, in average condition, with slightly more than 100,000 miles on them. They have front and back heating and air conditioning, privacy glass and power locks and windows.

Applications are due to CATA no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 29. CATA expects to announce the successful applicants by Tuesday, July 24.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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