CATA Bus Without Real-Time Maps With Tower Down
February 08, 2015 4:10 PM
by Zach Berger
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Update Tuesday, Feb. 10: CATA spokesperson Jackie Sheader says real-time information website and apps are have been fixed and are up and running.

If you've tried to use the CATA mobile application today, you might be wondering why there are no buses running in State College.

Fear not, the local bus service provided by the Centre Area Transportation Authority is still running. The tower that the public transportation service uses for GPS is down, however, which means that CATA is currently unable to provide real-time information.

The route maps on both the website and app, which typically update with the location of all buses, are no longer able to provide that information to travelers and commuters. CATA public relations manager Jackie Sheader says that they are aware of the issue and are working to get things back online, though she was unable to give a timetable for the return of live maps.

"We are without real-time information, and we are working hard to get the real-time website and mobile apps back up and running," Sheader says. "All routes are operating as scheduled, and route and schedule information can be found by visiting our website, calling 814-238-CATA, and referring to the Ride Guide. We appreciate our riders' patience as we look into the situation."

All CATA bus routes and services will continue to operate normally, though the life of CATA bus drivers may be slightly more difficult for the time being. Without GPS, the drivers are unable to see each other on a map, which they typically use to coordinate routes. For example, if there are two buses on one route, they try and avoid being directly next to each other. Drivers will need to communicate by two-way radio until the GPS system is up and running again.

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