Mobility Device Policy

There are many styles and types of mobility devices.  They vary in shape, weight, and how they benefit the user.  Mobility devices can be taken on a CATA bus if it can be safely loaded and secured.  Mobility devices fitting the following U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Regulation description are permitted on a CATA bus and must be secured in the securement area:

“Wheelchair means a mobility aid belonging to any class of three or more wheeled devices, usable indoors, designed or modified for and used by individuals with mobility impairments, whether operated manually or powered.”

Wheelchair Size Specifications
All CATA vehicles are built and maintained in adherence with all USDOT regulations.   

CATA can accommodate all wheelchairs that fit within the size regulation of 30” wide by 48” long.  Wheelchairs and attached items exceeding these dimensions will be judged on a case-by-case basis, and may be excluded if accommodating the wheelchair is inconsistent with legitimate safety requirements.

USDOT regulations require that vehicle lifts and ramps are capable of accommodating a capacity of at least 600 lbs.  All CATA buses can accommodate a combined wheelchair and passenger weight of up to 600 lbs. CATA operates some buses with ramps and lifts that can carry a combined weight that exceeds the required 600 lbs.  Each of CATA’s buses displays lift specifications near the door where the lift or ramp is housed.  In addition, a detailed list of weight limits by bus number is shown below. It is also availableby calling CATA’s Customer Service Center at 814-238-2282.

CATA Vehicle Wheelchair Weight Limitations




Buses #2 – 31 & 37 – 46 (40’ Xcelsior New Flyers)

600 pounds

Buses #32 – 36 (33’ Champion Cutaways)

800 pounds


Buses # 74 – 77, 98, 99 (35’ New Flyers)

600 pounds


Buses #78 – 93 (40’ New Flyers)

600 pounds


Buses #94 – 97 (30’ Eldorados)

600 pounds




All Vehicles

800 pounds

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Securing Mobility Devices
CATA requires all mobility devices to be secured using a four-point securement system.  The driver will either secure the mobility device or ensure that the passenger has secured it properly with the minimum four securement points.  The mobility device must not move more than one inch in any direction upon being secured.
The bus is equipped with lap belts and shoulder harnesses, and while not required, passengers are strongly encouraged to use them. These restraints help prevent injuries. The driver will ask the passenger if they would like to use the lap belt and shoulder harness and assist the passenger in using these restraints if requested.
Non-traditional mobility aids must be secured or stowed under or between the passenger seats.
Walkers and other mobility devices on which the passenger does not sit should be folded up and stored so as not to block the aisle.  The device can be secured in the mobility device securement area if it cannot be stowed safely; however, these devices cannot be used to sit on during the bus ride.

Revised 4-2014

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