CATA Ridership on the Rise, Sets Record High
The Centre Area Transportation Authority recently announced that ridership on its buses hit a record high.
In the fiscal year 2013-14, which ended on June 30, CATABUS fixed-route annual ridership climbed to 7,352,133, easily eclipsing the previous record of over 7.1 million rides set in fiscal year 2009-10.
This number represents a 3.4 percent increase in ridership over the previous year, and a 9.7 percent increase in CATABUS Community Service. The largest gains have been on the HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) route, which is up 40.2 percent, the M (Nittany Mall) route, up 32.3 percent and the W (Valley Vista) route, up 56.8 percent.
Ridership on the CATARIDE program, which primarily serves persons age 65 and over and persons with disabilities, has grown by 4 percent.
CATACOMMUTE, with its ridematching, Vanpool and Emergency Ride Home programs for long-distance commuters, continues to grow with the number of persons registered in the program increasing by approximately 9.5 percent to over 2,500. The number of vanpool groups increased to 44. That's up from 29 just two years prior.
In terms of ridership on its fixed-route CATABUS service, the Authority is the third largest transit agency in Pennsylvania, behind only the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) in Pittsburgh.
State College also maintains the distinction of being one of the three most transit-intensive small communities in the country. The people in the Centre Region take more transit trips per capita than almost any other small urban area.
For additional information on ridership, please visit the CATA website.