About CATA

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CATA Mission Statement

Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is a Joint Municipal Authority serving the six Centre Region municipalities, Bellefonte Borough, Spring Township and Benner Township. Our mission is to deliver safe, reliable, accessible and affordable transportation, provided in a courteous and environmentally, fiscally and socially responsible manner.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is a joint municipal authority formed under the “Municipal Authorities Act of 1945.” CATA was first incorporated on May 17, 1974, and then reorganized into its current format on February 5, 1982, by five local municipalities: the Borough of State College and the four surrounding townships: Patton, Ferguson, Harris, and College.

CATA Joint Articles of Agreement
- February 5, 1982


It was formed for the purpose of providing public transportation services within the boundaries of its member municipalities. Subsequent agreements with the Borough of Bellefonte, Spring Township, and Benner Township have allowed for service extensions to Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap.

CATA Bylaws

Board of Directors

CATA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors comprised of one appointed member from each of those original five member municipalities. Board meetings are held monthly and generally begin at 4:00 PM on the fourth Monday of every month at the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen Street, Room 241, State College, PA. Click here for the specific meeting schedule and agenda and access to minutes from previous meetings.

Budget and Annual Report

CATA's budget year runs concurrently with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's fiscal year: July 1 - June 30. The budget includes background information on the Authority, a recap of the previous year, policy considerations, a work plan with goals for this year, and a long-term outlook that includes five-year operating budget projections. The Annual Report provides a snapshot of CATA's various accomplishments over the previous fiscal year and an outline of the organization’s goals for the coming year. Click here for more information and access to both the current and previous year's budgets and annual reports.

CATABUS Ridership

CATA has developed a program to provide detailed, current CATABUS ridership data right here on our website. The program continuously generates ridership totals for several different periods of time and then breaks those totals down further by route and fare category. Click here for more information and access to those totals.

CATA Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Program

In 2005 CATA became the first transportation agency on the East Coast to have replaced its entire fleet with one that operates solely on clean compressed natural gas. Click here for more information on CATA’s nationally-recognized Clean Natural Gas Program. Information includes a short video overview of the program.

Job Opportunities

Click here for a listing of any employment opportunities currently available at CATA.

Doing Business with CATA

Click here for information on current CATA advertising and (some of the) procurement opportunities that are currently available.

CATA Policies and Statements

Click here for a listing of CATA policies, statements and related forms that are available on this website.