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CATA introduces new higher-capacity buses to Blue Loop campus route

The Centre Area Transportation Authority's new 60-foot articulated buses can transport 55% more riders than standard buses, providing greater ability for social distancing.  Credit: CATAAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is adding new high-capacity buses to its no-fare Blue Loop campus transit service. 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, the new 60-foot articulated buses will begin serving the Blue Loop route following two months of service on CATA's various community service routes. The buses can transport 55% more riders than standard buses, providing a greater ability to socially distance while riding. Riders also will be able to board these buses using either the front or back door. Like all other CATA buses, the articulated buses are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), which produces less emissions than regular fuel.
As the new articulated buses are significantly longer than CATA's other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to use extra caution while traveling near them. A video showing the new buses in service can be viewed at CATA's Twitter page.
CATA continues to implement many safety measures in response to COVID-19, including a mask requirement on all CATA vehicles. Visit, email or call 238-CATA (2282) for more information.

Last Updated October 26, 2020