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Transportation Options in Centre County
by Jacqueline Sheader, Public Relations Manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority

Whether it be the cost of operating and maintaining a vehicle, a disability that prohibits the use of an automobile, or some other reason, a lack of transportation can be debilitating for an individual and family with work, shopping and child care needs.

In Centre County, we are fortunate to have many agencies and organizations available to offer quality transportation resources in assisting with this basic need. The two largest are the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and the Centre County Office of Transportation.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA
(814) 238-CATA (2282)
Customer Service Center:
108 E. Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801

7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday

CATA’s fixed-route bus system, CATABUS, consists of 23 community bus routes, which provide service between downtown State College, the Penn State campus, and surrounding communities, suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, residential areas, governmental offices, and many other special points of interest.  Fare for each one-way trip is $2.00.  Persons age 65 and older with a Transit ID Card and children under 40” ride free. Those presenting a valid U.S. Medicare Card or CATA Reduced Fare ID Card may ride for half the fare ($1.00).

CATA now offers $6 Day Passes, which you can purchase on your smartphone through the free
Token Transit mobile app. Visit for details.

The system is further complemented by four integrated routes (the Blue and White Loops and the Red and Green Links) that provide fare-free Penn State University Park Campus/downtown State College service. 

The CATABUS service provides approximately 7 million trips per year, and operates entirely on clean compressed natural gas.

CATARIDE provides origin-to-destination transportation primarily for persons age 65 and over and persons whose disabilities prevent their use of the CATABUS system. Pre-registration and a small fare per one-way trip are required, as are advanced reservations for each trip. (This service is also offered to the general public at a higher fare rate.)

CATACOMMUTE is a family of transportation services that includes the Rideshare, Vanpool and Emergency Ride Home programs, designed to provide long-distance commuters with easy and economical commute alternatives.  

Centre County Office of Transportation
(814) 355-6807
486 Old Curtin Road
Milesburg PA 16853 

Mailing address:
420 Holmes Street

Bellefonte, PA 16823
8:00 am –  5:00 pm 
Monday - Friday

The Centre County Office of Transportation provides door-to-door service to individuals of human service agencies, patrons who are Medical Assistance eligible, persons with disabilities, and the general residents of Centre County (for a fee).  Reservations are required by 1:00pm at least one working day in advance (preferably as soon as possible). Persons needing accessible vehicles are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. This is a shared-ride service that primarily serves destinations in Centre County. Passengers (MA individuals) may be reimbursed for securing their own ride if the transportation office is unable to meet their needs, and out of county medical trips are available to these individuals through a third party. 

Other Transportation Options
Outside of these two agencies, additional transportation options and resources exist through for-profit groups like Fullington and ZipCar, human service agencies like In Home Services of Central PA and the Bellefonte and Centre LifeLink EMS, and government offices like Veterans Affairs of Centre County. 


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Ferguson Township recycles

Ferguson Township residents may dispose of hazardous household materials, old furniture and appliances, electronics such as computers and TVs, unused prescription drugs, and yard waste. It's also easy to compost food scraps in your backyard.

Learn about these opportunities to recycle:

  • Miscellaneous Plastics Recycling
  • Brush and Leaf Collection
  • Refuse, Recycling, Compost and Yard Waste
  • Prescription Drug Collection

Upcoming Events
Household Hazardous Waste Collection, April 27 - 28
Bulk Waste Collection Week, May 7 - 11 and October 15 - 19

Recycling Reminders

Learn more at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) website.

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C-NET is Centre County's Government and Education Access Television Network. C-NET administers
two channels: CGTV (Channel 7) and CETV (Channel 98). In addition to the television network, C-NET also
manages, providing you with a direct link to government, education, and non-profit
information in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

C-NET's mission is to support government transparency and an informed, engaged citizenry. Ferguson Township has embraced the spirit of transparent and open government by having the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors' and Planning Commission's meetings recorded, televised, and available to view online. C-NET records and televises Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings on Channel 7 throughout the six days following a meeting. Learn more...


Research Unplugged Returns to Schlow in April
 Discussions to cover opioid crisis, creativity, and more

Spring is in the air in April, and so are stimulating conversation and free refreshments with the return of Research Unplugged to Schlow Centre Region Library!

Research Unplugged is presented in collaboration with Penn State’s Office of Government & Community Relations and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Thursdays in April in Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

The conversations begin April 5 with “Risky Business: The Driving Factors of Creative Idea Development.” Dr. Scarlett Miller of Penn State’s Department of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering will the discuss the factors that contribute to the filtering of promotion of creative ideas during the design process and the role of risk taking.

On April 12, Dr. Glenn Sterner of Penn State’s Justice Center for Research leads “A Comprehensive Criminological Research Agenda to Address the Opioid Crisis.” Dr. Sterner will examine three active projects that target specific populations associated with the opioid crisis: current opioid users, illegal distributors of opioids, and those who stigmatize opioid addiction.

How can we make hard problems easier to solve? That’s part of the conversation on April 19 for “Hard Problems and How to Solve Them,” led by Dr. Christopher McComb of Penn State’s School of Engineering, Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. Dr. McComb will discuss what makes up difficult problems and how we change our thought process, and even the problems themselves, to find elegant solutions.

Research Unplugged wraps up its spring schedule on April 26 with “Resounding Threats, Threatening Sounds.” Dr. Peter Buckland of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute will show how the resounding threats to the global order have been put into heavy metal musicians’ threatening sounds and art.

All Research Unplugged events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Score Some Help with SCORE Seminars at Schlow
Classes to cover fundraising, business plans, and more 

Schlow Centre Region Library will be hosting several seminars this spring and fall presented by the Central PA SCORE chapter that can help nonprofits and small businesses.

The first is “Fundraising for Small Nonprofits” from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 15. SCORE mentor Bill Speakman will talk about how small nonprofits have the greatest need but the fewest resources to raise funds. The seminar will be an opportunity to pick up a few new ideas or to test old ones.

On April 19, SCORE mentor and business school teacher Bob Griffin will present “Writing a Business Plan” from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. You will learn how to create the required components of a great business plan and how to apply that plan to turn your ideas into a successful new business. This class also will be held on November 15.

On May 17, hear the essentials of using Google for your business in “Google for Small Businesses.” A Google small business specialist will lead the class.

Finally, Bill Speakman returns October 18 for “First Steps to Starting a Nonprofit.” One of our most popular classes, learn the easy-to-follow steps required to go from a great idea to a 501(c)(3) IRS-approved nonprofit.

Registration is required for all seminars. A $5 donation is suggested and collected at the door. All proceeds go to Schlow Library. To register, visit

2018 Centre County Reads 

This year’s Centre County Reads selection is "Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist." This acclaimed debut novel was written by State High and Penn State alum Sunil Yapa, who will visit March 21 at Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center. Yapa’s novel weaves the story of the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests through a variety of perspectives.

Centre County Reads coordinators are the Center for American Literary Studies, Centre County Library and Historical Museum, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Centre Region Library, and the school districts of State College, Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, and Bellefonte. Partners for 2018 are Barnes & Noble, Schlow Library Foundation, and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

For more information about Sunil Yapa’s visit, other events, and Centre County Reads, visit

Parenting and Children’s Classes Prepare to Start Winter Sessions
Library hosts Storytimes, Toddler Learning Centre, discussion groups, and more

While it may be cold outside, Schlow Centre Region Library offers a warm environment for parents and children to learn and play! The library presents several winter classes and programs for parents and kids.
• Schlow will offer free developmental screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds on April 7. No registration is required. New this year, Schlow will have free vision screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds. A doctor from Nittany Eye Associates will offer screenings from 9 am to 11:30 am April 20. No registration is required for the screenings, but children will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about these and other events at Schlow Centre Region Library, or to register for events, visit or call (814) 237-6236.

New Schlow Labs Sessions Set to Start
Library classes offer tech help in a variety of subjects

Schlow Labs — “Technology for All!” — is back for 2018 with six classes this winter and spring! Classes are at 10:30 am on March 24, April 7 and 28. All classes are held in Schlow Library’s Musser Room.

With spring comes “eBook Basics” on March 24. Schlow has a great deal of digital books that you can use for free on eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and computers. Learn how to use eBooks and eAudiobooks on all of your devices, including Kindles.

April 7, “iPad Basics” offers an introduction to the basic settings, features, and apps in IOS 11. Bring your device and curiosity!

Finally, the spring schedule wraps up with “Digital Photo Storage Solutions.” Join us for a look at how to manage, store, and share photos taken on Apple and Android devices.

Schlow Labs classes are free, but class size is limited to 15 people. To register, call 814-235-7816 or visit

For more information, visit

Schlow poised to assist local nonprofits
Library now part of the Funding Information Network

Schlow Centre Region Library has become the newest partner in Pennsylvania for the Funding Information Network. Schlow is now poised to better assist local nonprofits and individuals seeking grants as an information hub that can greatly help their funding efforts.

The Funding Information Network is comprised of more than 400 libraries, community foundations, nongovernment organizations, and nonprofit resource centers across the country and around the world.

Schlow is the 21st center located in Pennsylvania. It can now provide free access to the best and most comprehensive information available on foundation and corporate giving. All partner locations feature Foundation Center resources and fundraising research guidance, other funding-related technical assistance, and professional staff to assist local nonprofits. Centre Foundation partnered with Schlow by providing funding that allows for these Foundation Center Databases to be available at all public Internet stations within the library. In 2018, the library and Centre Foundation will again partner by offering classes on grant writing, fundraising, and more.

“As a new FIN partner we are looking forward to helping area nonprofits strengthen their organizations through grant-seeking and classes in fundraising and grant writing,” Maria Burchill, Head of Adult Services at Schlow Library, said. “These directories not only offer an expansive list of potential granters, they also offer comparative data that will help nonprofits tailor their applications for success.”

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source for insight on philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to resources they need to succeed. It maintains the most comprehensive database on US and global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

For more information or to set up an appointment for a tour of the new grant directories, call Schlow Library at (814) 237-6236

211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 Phone: (814) 237-6238 ext. 118

"Opening doors to a wealth of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information"

Schlow also offers convenient book returns, programming, and online access

  • Return your library materials with ease at Schlow's remote book drop at Clearfield Bank, 511 Pine Grove Road. Items are picked up frequently and taken to the library for prompt check-in.
  • Like to knit or embroider, or want to learn? Join the Schlow Knitting Club on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The Embroidery Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Teens and adults are welcome, and supplies are provided.

  • Want to read the latest magazines on your tablet or smartphone? Enjoy your favorites, from "The Atlantic" to "Yoga Journal" on the Schlow website at no cost to you when you type in your library card number. Just click on the "E-books and More" tab to discover periodicals, e-books, digital music, and much more.

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