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CATA to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Fare Increase

by on June 14, 2017 4:23 PM

CATA will hold a public hearing this month for comment on a proposed bus fare increase and service changes.

The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. on June 26 in the Borough Council chamber of the State College Municipal Building.

According to the proposal, the cash fare for one way trips on the CATABUS system would increase from $1.75 to $2. Reduced fare would increase from 85 cents to $1. One-month OnePasses would increase from $69 to $79, and four-month passes would increase from $268 to $309.

Tokens also would increase from $1.75 to $2 each, and rolls of 20 from $34 to $39. Reduced fare tokens are proposed to rise from 85 cents to $1 and rolls of 20 from $17 to $20.

For CATARIDE, which provides scheduled, curb-to-curb transportation, one-way trips would increase from $3 to $3.25 for individuals 65 and older and qualifying persons with disabilities. Public fare for one-way trips would go up from $20 to $21.65.

The proposal also calls for family passes to be phased out in favor of the less expensive youth passes. CATA additionally would begin offering $6 day passes through a mobile ticketing pilot project.

Several minor service changes also are proposed, primarily for the HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) and M (Nittany Mall) routes.

Fare changes are proposed to go into effect on Aug. 1 and service changes on Aug. 19.

Those who wish to make comments but can't attend the meeting can send them to L. Eric Bernier, director of information services, Centre Area Transportation Authority, 2081 W. Whitehall Road, State College, PA 16801, by email to [email protected], or by calling 814-238-2282, extension 5140.

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