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.
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.
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 on the second floor of CATA's administrative building, 2081 West Whitehall Road, 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. Click here for more information and access to both the current and previous year's budgets and annual reports.
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 this data.
CATA Compressed Natural Gas 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, including a short video overview of the program.
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.