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CATA General Manager Retires, New Leader Set to Take Charge

by on June 30, 2014 12:59 PM

When Hugh Mose joined the Centre Area Transportation Authority as general manager in 1995 he believed he would only stay in the post for five years at most.

That was 19 years ago.

Mose, 65, says he stayed in State College and continued to lead CATA for nearly two decades due to the strong board of directors overseeing the agency.

"CATA has just a great board of directors and I give them a huge amount of credit for what we've been able to accomplish," says Mose.

Under the direction of the board, Mose says he was able to advance CATA as an agency in several ways. He says one of his greatest accomplishments was transitioning CATA to an all natural gas fuel system. CATA was one of the first transit agencies on the East Coast to operate a 100 percent compressed natural gas bus fleet.

"It proved to be a very good decision because now natural gas is now widely recognized as a very good fuel, which is lower in cost and domestically produced," says Mose.

Another accomplishment he says was creating a partnership with Penn State resulting in several programs, including fare-free campus service and discounted transit passes for full-time faculty and students.

When Mose joined CATA in 1995, he said his goal was to partner with Penn State. In meetings he would tell university administrators, "We want to be your bus company." At the time, Penn State was operating its own on-campus bus loop.

"The fact that we were able to step up and do that opened up a lot of other doors that enabled us to expand our CATA bus program," says Mose.

Ultimately, Mose says he will miss most the people he interacted with on a daily basis, from politicians in Washington and Harrisburg to CATA customers to fellow employees.

"One of the things that I have enjoyed about this line of work I have been doing for 37 years is I get to interact with people at all levels," says Mose. "I spend my whole day interacting with people ... and that's allowed me to be successful and allowed CATA to be successful.

Replacing Mose will be Louwana Oliva, who has been serving as assistant general manager for the past four years. The board of directors appointed Oliva as Mose's replacement in the spring.

"I think CATA will be in very good hands. She has learned the community and the organization, learned how public transportation in the Centre Region all fits together and I'm optimistic she will be able to keep the good ship CATA steaming in the right direction and achieving even more accomplishments than I've been able to," Mose says.

Mose's last day with CATA is Monday. Oliva will officially begin serving as general manager Tuesday.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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