FALL 2018 CATABUS Service Changes

The following CATABUS service changes will take effect with the resumption of CATABUS Full Service on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Included below the description of each service change is a link to new versions of each affected schedule with those changes from the current schedules highlighted.

link to Fall 2015 Ride Guide click here to download the new Ride Guide Fall 2018 RIDE GUIDES

The 104 page full color book includes all of this fall's service changes and is your complete printed source of CATABUS schedule information. You can view the book and download a pdf version using the link below starting the week of August 6th

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The Fall 2018 Ride Guides will also be available on all of our buses and at our Customer Service Center starting the week of August 6.

 

Campus Service Changes Effective Saturday August 18, 2018

A new stop added; another stop renamed:
• The name of stop #359 - Burrowes Rd at Beta Theta Pi House, has changed to - Burrowes Rd at Westgate Building
• The temporary stop placed on Hastings Road near University Drive this summer will be retained as a permanent new stop: stop #5 - Hastings Road
• Due to a nearby construction project, stop #284 - W College Ave at University Club will be closed starting August 18th. The closure is expected to last through 2019.

New Campus Service schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)

Community Service Changes Effective Saturday August 18, 2018

HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) & M (Nittany Mall):
The “P” end of the current HP Route (the south end that services Pugh Street to Scenery Park) will be removed from the route and become the stand-alone P Route that will extend beyond Scenery Park out through Boalsburg.

The remaining portion of the route, (the "H" end serving Toftrees) will be added to the current M (Nittany Mall) Route. This will change the HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) and M (Nittany Mall) routes to the HM (Toftrees/Nittany Mall) and P (Tussey Mt) routes.

The current section of the HP Route serving the area between Valley Vista Drive and Geisinger Gray's Woods will move to the W Route (see below). This change will allow the new HM Route to operate every 40 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on Saturday and Sunday improve the service frequency to all areas currently serviced by the “H” end of the HP Route and the current M Route. It will also provide Toftrees with expanded operating hours on Friday evenings and Saturday along with new year-round Sunday service.

HM Route changes (compared to the current "H" end of the current HP Route):
• Service has been extended along Toftrees avenue into The Station
• The routing extension out to Geisinger Gray's Woods has moved to the W Route with service extended now to the Trader Joe's Plaza
• Due to a nearby construction project, Stop #284 - W College Ave at University Club will be closed starting August 18th. The closure is expected to last through 2019.
• Monday - Saturday Toftrees service will now operate 3 hours later (5 hours later on Fridays & Saturdays during Full Service) and every 40 minutes instead of every 60 minutes (Service frequency through The Village at Penn State will change from hourly Monday - Saturday to every 2 hours Monday - Sunday)
• New Sunday service has been added and will operate hourly 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

HM Route changes (compared to the current M Route):
• The routing in the Mall area has changed; it will no longer serve the current stop at Macy's; it instead will stay on the Benner Pike straight to the Mall stop where it begins a loop that follows the existing inbound routing
• Weekday service frequency has changed from every 35/70 minutes to every 40 minutes all day long; weekend frequency has changed from every 70 minutes to hourly all day long

New HM Toftrees/Nittany Mall schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


HC (Toftrees Ave/Campus): (NEW)

A new HC Route will operate 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays during full service between Toftrees Avenue and the Pattee Transit Center on campus. It will operate just ahead of all inbound HM trips from Toftrees and in between all outbound HM trips leaving campus for Toftrees during that time frame

The new HC Route is modeled after the other express route services (NE, VE, RC, RP & WE). Like those other routes, it’s designed to provide quick and efficient travel between the densely populated areas along the core of the underlying route (in this case, Toftrees Avenue) and campus during the peak demand times for travel between those two locations.

New HC Toftrees Avenue schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018


A (Park Forest Village) & W (Valley Vista) Routes:
Service to Geisinger Gray's Woods will move from the current HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) Route to the W Route. Moving Geisinger Gray's Woods to the W Route will increase the frequency of service to that important destination from what is provided via the current HP Route. To retain the current 40-minute frequency on the W Route, the current routing through the residential area of Park Forest Village will be moved a few blocks out to operate along Valley Vista Drive. With the W moving off those residential streets to Valley Vista, it will now also operate on Sundays.

Service along those residential streets of Park Forest will be replaced with an adjustment and expansion of the A (Park Forest Village) Route loop. The new A route loop will shift one block closer to Valley Vista and incorporate most all of the current W routing through Park Forest.

Due to the service demand growth along the W Route on either side of the residential streets of Park Forest, the route must now be operated using large buses operating at a higher frequency and later operating hours. This is no longer the best fit for those residential areas through which it currently travels; especially with the need to add Sunday service to those other destinations.

The single-family homes along the streets the W Route currently operates in Park Forest will still have the direct service to campus via the new A Route six times a day with access a few blocks away to higher frequency, and the longer operating service hours provided by the W (Valley Vista) or the N Routes (Park Forest Avenue/Park Lane).

A Route changes:
• The routing loop through Park Forest Village has been expanded and shifted towards Valley Vista Drive to cover the portion of the current W Route that operates within Park Forest Village
• The existing departure times in the timetable have changed by anywhere from 2 to 21 minutes
• A third morning trip has been added
• Due to a nearby construction project, Stop #284 - W College Ave at University Club will be closed starting August 18th. The closure is expected to last through 2019.

New A Park Forest Village schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)

W Route changes:
•The Park Forest Village routing has been shifted from the interior of Park Forest out to Valley Vista Drive
• The Route has been extended out to Geisinger Gray's Woods
• All of the existing departure times in the timetable have been adjusted by several minutes
• Weeknight late night frequency has been improved to every 60 minutes
• Saturday frequency has been improved to every 70 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes in the evening
• New Sunday service has been added and will operate the same hours and at the same frequency as the new improved Saturday service
• Due to a nearby construction project, Stop #284 - W College Ave at University Club will be closed starting August 18th. The closure is expected to last through 2019.

New W Valley Vista schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


B (Boalsburg) & P (Tussey Mt):
The “P” end of the current HP Route (the south end that services Pugh Street to Scenery Park) will become a separate route that will extend beyond Scenery Park to Tussey Mountain, with service now provided along Discovery Drive. The new P Route will provide continuous service and longer operating hours Monday through Saturday to the non-residential Boalsburg destinations, like the schools, Pennsylvania Military Museum, the Boalsburg Industrial Park and Tussey Mountain.

With the P extension now covering much of Boalsburg with all day service, the Boalsburg end of the B Route will be changed to a loop through all of the single-family residential areas served by the current B route routing plus Liberty Hill. The existing late morning and early afternoon trips have been merged into a single midday trip dropping the number of weekday trips from six to five; the same commuter level service provided to other similar areas. So the single-family home neighborhoods in Boalsburg will still have the direct service to campus and downtown State College via the B Route five times a day with the other weekday trip and the three Saturday trips replaced with access a few blocks away to the new P Route service that operates Monday - Saturday at a higher frequency and longer operating hours than the current B Route.

B Route changes:
• The western half of the campus routing has been reversed; downtown service will use the stops along Beaver Avenue instead of College Avenue
• The western half of the Boalsburg routing has changed to a loop operating in the same direction as the current inbound service
• The routing extension to Tussey Mt. has been moved to the new P Route and service has been extended into Liberty Hill
• One of the weekday trips and all three Saturday trips have been eliminated (see the new P Route for service in these areas)

New B Boalsburg schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)

P Route changes (compared to the current "P" end of the current HP Route):
•The routing in the area of Hills Plaza and West Branch Road has changed to stay on South Atherton Street and Rolling Ridge Drive in both directions
• The routing through Windmere Park has changed from a loop to bidirectional
• New service extended to Discovery Drive (in the outbound direction)
• Tussey Mt service has been moved from the B Route
• Service frequency between downtown/campus and Scenery Park has changed from every 60/65 minutes to every 80 minutes but will now operate an hour later in the evening

New P Tussey Mt schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


C (Houserville):
The routing has been extended beyond Penn Hills to serve the new residential housing development, Pleasant Pointe. The routing through Penn Hills will not change and Pleasant Pointe will be served via the newly built stop along Trout Road.

C Route changes:
• The routing has been extended beyond Penn Hills to serve Pleasant Pointe
• Stop #118 - Gerald St at Matthew Circle Inbound has been eliminated; two new stops have been added along the routing extension to Pleasant Pointe
• The first morning outbound trip (7:02 a.m.) has been eliminated
• Most of the departure times in the timetable have changed by between 2 and 13 minutes

New C Houserville schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


F (Pine Grove Mills):

F Route changes:
•The 11:40 a.m. outbound trip will loop around campus before starting; it will start from timed stop #6 - Burrowes Street at Calder Way at 11:20 instead of timed stop #8 - College Avenue at Allen Street Stop at 11:40
• A one-minute adjustment has been made to the 4:38 p.m. inbound trip

New F Pine Grove Mills schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


G (Stormstown):

G Route changes:
• The location of timed stop #11 has been moved from stop # 469 - Valley Vista Dr Opp Lowes Center to stop #26 - 1019 Ghaner Road (Happy Valley Ortho.)
• Most of the 12:04 p.m. midday trip will now operate 5 minutes later
• Due to a nearby construction project, Stop #284 - W College Ave at University Club will be closed starting August 18th. The closure is expected to last through 2019.

New G Stormstown schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


NV (Havershire/Martin/Vairo/Toftrees):
As the result of decreased late-night ridership on both the NV (Havershire/Martin/Vairo/ Toftrees) and VN (Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire) Routes, the frequency of service has been adjusted accordingly. With the introduction of regular, year-round Sunday W and HM service, the operating hours of the NV and VN on Sundays have been reduced accordingly.

NV changes:
• The routing has been extended into The Station complex along Toftrees Avenue
•The current 20 minutes frequency provided between midnight and 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings has been been changed to every 30 minutes
• Sunday service will start three hours later and end two hours earlier

New NV Havershire/Martin/Vairo/Toftrees schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018
(w/changes highlighted)


RP (Waupelani/Downtown):
A routing change is being made to the RP that will extend additional afternoon and evening service to a portion of South Atherton Street and Sough Pugh Street in the area of Towneview Apartments. There are no stops along the current section of route that is being changed so this adds RP service to three additional stops along South Atherton and South Pugh Street.

RP changes:
• The routing has been changed to operate along South Pugh Street between Easterly Parkway and South Atherton (instead of South Allen Street)

New RP Waupelani/Downtown schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018
(w/changes highlighted)


VN (Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire):
As the result of decreased late-night ridership on both the NV (Havershire/Martin/Vairo/ Toftrees) and VN (Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire) Routes, the frequency of service has been adjusted accordingly. With the introduction of regular, year-round Sunday W and HM service, the operating hours of the NV and VN on Sundays have been reduced accordingly.

VN changes:
• The routing has been extended into The Station complex along Toftrees Avenue
• The current 20 minutes frequency provided between midnight and 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings has been changed to every 30 minutes
• The current 30 minutes frequency provided between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday has been changed to every 60 minutes
• Sunday service will start three hours later and end two hours earlier

 

New VN Toftrees/Vairo/Martin/Havershire schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018
(w/changes highlighted)


XB (Bellefonte) & XG (Pleasant Gap):

Due to the improved frequency on the new HM Route, transfers between that route and the XB (Bellefonte) and XG (Pleasant Gap) Routes at the Nittany Mall would no longer be as convenient for riders on Saturdays. To resolve the issue, both routes will now extend all the way into campus and downtown State College on Saturdays. This will affect the timing of some of the trips but eliminate the need for transfers at the Nittany Mall on Saturdays making the Saturday service more convenient.

XB & XG changes:
• The service now operates between the Mall and downtown/campus on Saturdays
• The extension into downtown/campus effects the timing of all of the trips

New XB Bellefonte schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)

New XG Pleasant Gap schedule effective Saturday August 18, 2018 (w/changes highlighted)


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