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CATA Announces Changes to Fixed Route Bus Service

Changes to the fixed route bus service went into effect on September 16. “We’ve been looking at improving the routes for some time,” said Tim Geibel, CATA General Manager. “We do a lot of research and gather input from all the stakeholders including drivers, riders, agencies, and businesses to make the best decisions before changes are implemented.” While most changes are on the Intercity route, there are a few that affect the Franklin and Oil City service as well.

One of the changes on the Intercity route is that rather than going one direction all morning and then going the other direction in the afternoon, the bus will reverse direction on each run. The first run will go from Franklin to Oil City to Seneca to Franklin; the second run will go from Franklin to Seneca to Oil City to Franklin; and so forth.

Because of a shorter length of a run, the time the bus will be at each location has also changed.

New bus schedules for all routes can be found on the buses, Chambers of Commerce, County Transportation office, and the Pointe, as well as

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Member Spotlight: Crawford Area Transportation Authority

Partners in Transit, Because Every Trip Matters


Public transportation is a necessity in any town, and the Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides services to residents in our region. CATA offers fixed route service in Franklin, Oil City, Seneca, Titusville, Meadville, Saegertown, and Conneaut Lake, as well as door-to-door service in both Crawford and Venango Counties.

Started in 1979 in Crawford County, CATA provided service through contracted providers. In 2006, their General Manager decided to start delivering trips with CATA employees.

Crawford and Venango County joined together under a contract in 2016 and Venango officially joined the Authority a year and a half later. Since then, CATA has opened their state-of-the-art storage and maintenance facility in Meadville and is looking forward to the construction of the Oil City Multi-Modal Project.

“The communities and our partners have so much to offer,” said Laura King, HR Manager at CATA. “They have been wonderful to work with since CATA and Venango County Transit have merged.”

CATA has had exciting updates and accomplishments recently, including the announcement of newly designed VenanGO-buses and the acceptance of the FTA Administrators Award for Outstanding Public Service for the second time.

CATA employees go through a training program to prepare them for their role in serving passengers.

“We approach our riders, employees, and stakeholders with integrity and respect—our core principles,” said King. “Our service allows individuals to maintain their independence by assisting them to get where they need to go.”

CATA can serve anyone on their fixed route service; you simply pay your fare or purchase bus passes and ride. Their door-to-door service is open to the general public and also subsidized through the PA Lottery and other programs to allow for discounted service for individuals 65 and older or persons with disabilities.

Looking towards the future, CATA plans to continue to enhance their routes and will work hard to support the needs of their riders and community partners.



CATA offers public transportation services to residents of Crawford and Venango Counties.CATA-logo-color


  • Recently re-designed the VenanGO-buses
  • Received the FTA Administrators Award for Outstanding Public Service in Breckenridge, Colorado, in October for the second time
  • Provides discounted door-to-door services for individuals 65 and older or persons with disabilities




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This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.