The service, available Monday through Friday, provides two trips connecting Clearfield, and State College via Route 322 every morning. The service originates at a new Park & Ride location in Hyde near the Lawrence Township Building at the corner of Washington Avenue and Faulker Street. The first morning Connector bus departs at 5:24 am. A second Connector bus departs an hour later at 6:24 am.
Stops along the Connector route include the Clearfield County Courthouse; Irwin Drive in Decatur Village; the Gas Light Café, the Philips Hotel, 8th Street & East Presqueisle Street and Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg; and the Bryce Jordan Center and Pattee Transit Center on the Penn State University Park Campus.
On campus return trips will originate from the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. The first Connector trip departs at 4:15 pm and the final return trip departs Bryce Jordan at 5:15 pm. Departures from the Pattee Transit Center are at 4:22 pm and 5:22 pm respectively. The full schedule with specific stop locations and times is available here.
“We are excited to announce that this much needed commuter service will begin on January 2, 2013”, says Michael Imbrogno, Chief Executive Officer for ATA. “Many have been waiting for it. Because the commuter service originates in ATA’s service area and terminates in CATA’s, the transportation authority that serves State College and surrounding areas, multiple parties and considerations had to be addressed. In addition, Clearfield and Centre Counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Transportation; two transportation planning organizations (Centre County MPO; and the North Central Pennsylvania RPO); multiple municipalities, Penn State University and a private transportation operator have been involved in the coordination and development of the service. As of now, all the necessary work has been completed and the buses will begin rolling. The data and survey completed earlier as part of the planning effort supported the establishment of the service and we’re optimistic its need will be proven as a result of this start-up endeavor. ATA has two buses (and back-up vehicles) to operate.”
Very soon interested riders will have an opportunity to pre-register their interest in the route by signing up on the web site. Commuters who participate in the pass program may be eligible to participate in ATA’s joint venture with the CATACOMMUTE Guaranteed Ride Home program for special circumstances when a rider needs to return home for emergencies, etc.
“The fares between communities are affordable, especially with the discounted pass program. As with any service there is limited seating on the two commuter trips but we have prepared two 39 passenger inter-city buses for the task as well as back up equipment to assure reliability.”
Public Transportation is committed to serve those who served
ATA and Public Transportation Support America’s Veterans
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania (ATA) participated in the first Public Transportation Supports America’s Veterans Day on Monday, November 12.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), it is a day for public transportation systems and businesses to acknowledge and thank our country’s veterans. Second, it is a day to emphasize how important public transportation is for veterans whether it is for commuting to jobs, or traveling to V.A. medical centers or veterans service organizations.
“Today ATA and its employees salute our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service,” said ATA CEO Mike Imbrogno. “Our transit system is participating by supporting veterans and their families with public transit to get to work or to vital services. On October 26th ATA provided transportation for the dedication for the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge of Jefferson County. We were very proud to be a part of this important day honoring area veterans.” See the ATA photo gallery. See the News Center 6 story.
The CAT BUS Mall Loop is also offered by Clarion Area Transit with 12 loops operating from 8:20 AM to 8:15 PM on weekdays.
On Friday and Saturday the Mall Loop service is extended in to the evening with two additional loops beginning at 8:20 AM with the final stop at Reinhard Village at 10:15 PM.
Vanpool Advantage Network
Your daily vanpool commute can save you money . . .
It's the perfect ride for your morning commute.
It's the safe ride home at the end of the day.
It's "the network" that's your advantage every day.
A new vanpool network for the rest of us. Vanpooling has been highly popular with suburban commuters. These van commuters even get a tax advantage. Now the program comes to rural North Central Pennsylvania where a commute can often exceed 20 miles and last an hour or more each day.
ATA now has Pitt-Bradford (UPB) on its daily fixed route from Kane to Bradford
In January ATA added a new bus stop to its Kane-Bradford daily fixed route. The bus gets an early start from Kane Tops market leaving at 7:16 a.m.. The ATA bus arrives on the UPB campus in front of the Pitt Bradford Safety Office at 8:34 a.m., Monday through Friday.
On the afternoon return trip the ATA bus begins its route at the UPB Campus Safety Office at 3:07 p.m.
The ATA transit bus completes its run where it began, at the Kane Tops market at 4:49 p.m.