2020-21 RIDEpass applications now being accepted

July 28, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Transportation Services is now accepting online applications for the 2020-21 RIDEpass reduced-fare mass transit program.

Anyone interested in participating in the RIDEpass program, including those registered during the 2019-20 program year, must complete a new online application at the Transportation Services website. The pass will be priced at $21 per month, and faculty/staff and graduate student eligibility requirements for the program will remain unchanged from the 2019-20 program year.

RIDEpass eligibility requirements:

  • Must be employed in a standing, fixed-term I, fixed-term multi-year or postdoctoral position at University Park, or be enrolled as a graduate, law or medical student with University Park as the primary campus of enrollment.
  • Must live off campus at a residence that does not already participate in a CATABUS program.
  • Must live more than 0.75 miles (walking distance) from a CATA campus service Blue Loop or Red Link stop (Not sure if your address qualifies? Use the distance web tool).
  • Must live within the CATA service area.
  • May not have a daytime-access Penn State parking permit (or must return this permit when purchasing the RIDEpass), but may register for an evening/weekend parking permit.

Upon successful completion of the application, participants will receive an email confirmation with details regarding when passes will be available for pickup at the Transportation Services Office, located at 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Questions regarding program eligibility should be directed by email to ridepass@psu.edu. For general questions regarding the RIDEpass program and other programs offered by Transportation Services, call 814-865-1436.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) announced its fall 2020 operational plans and passenger protocols on July 24. Please note that all riders are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while waiting for or riding on CATA services, and to practice social distancing when and where possible. CATA is cleaning buses nightly with electrostatic sprayers, wiping down high-touch areas with approved sanitizers, and will be installing two hand-sanitizer units on each bus. In addition, riders are reminded to:

  • If possible, stay at home.
  • Do not use CATA's services if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

CATA will not be specifically restricting the number of riders on each vehicle but will be making service adjustments with the goal of reducing the average number of riders per vehicle. Individuals will need to determine if use of CATA services during the COVID-19 pandemic is right for them, but it is strongly encouraged that use be limited to essential trips. Students, faculty and staff living closer to campus are encouraged to walk or bike where possible.

To provide the best opportunity for a more socially distanced riding experience, riders are encouraged to plan trips in advance and to ride during off-peak times. Real-time bus locations and arrival predictions are available through the MyStop, TransLoc or Penn State Go mobile apps.

Additional details about CATA's fall operational plans can be found at https://catabus.com/protocols-fall2020/.

Last Updated July 28, 2020