CATA is pleased to announce the operation of a new fixed route to connect the communities of Saegertown and Meadville. Effective August 18, 2015 CATA will provide 5 round trips per day on Tuesdays thru Saturdays. The route will leave the Downtown Mall in Meadville and provide stops at Allegheny College, Bethesda Childrens Home, WoodCock Dam, Crawford County Correctional Facility, Quality Living Center, Crawford County Care Center, Chuck-a-lou Trailer Park and downtown Saegertown among other stops.
The new route will be operated on a trial basis through June 30, 2016 and reassessed by the CATA Board of Directors prior to making the route a permanent addition to CATA’s services. The service to Saegertown will compliment the already existing shared ride services between Meadville and Saegertown that allow for door to door trips Monday – Friday between 8:00 – 5:00PM. The Shared Ride program is open to the general public but rides for seniors and persons with disabilities are subsidized by the PA Lottery. For the new fixed route, Seniors age 65 and older will ride free and all other adults will pay $2.50 to and from Saegertown or $1.25 for trips from Meadville as far north as Bethesda Childrens Home. Discounted “Fast Pass” ride tickets can be purchased for 5 rides for $10.00 making the cost per one way trip for an adult only $2.00!
Tim Geibel, CATA Executive Director stated “we are very pleased to add new services and provide positive impact in our communities. CATA is coming off a record setting year with ridership topping 300,000 passenger trips and our new Saegertown route will help to further expand our operations. Whether someone is looking for recreational opportunities at Woodcock Dam, wants to visit family or friends at the Care Center or needs a ride into Meadville for shopping, offering 5 round trips per day between Saegertown and Meadville is a great addition to our service”.
The new route will provide round trips leaving from the Downtown Mall in the AM at: 9:00 and 10:00 and in the PM at: 12:00, 3:00 and 4:00. The route will start and end at the Downtown Mall in Meadville so all riders of the Saegertown route can transfer to any other CATA route for free in Meadville. The new schedule is now available for viewing on the CATA website and you can download a brochure here.
CATA services are supported in part by grants from the PA Lottery and Crawford County Commissioners.