SAFE ACCESS at home
LIFE AND INDEPENDENCE FOR TODAY (LIFT) IS RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE PURCHASE OF PORTABLE RAMPS FOR THE HOMES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. YOU CAN HELP.
LOOK FOR LIFT’S RAMP DRIVE CAMPAIGN DISPLAY IN YOUR COUNTY.
LIFT, a regional agency for the disabled, is contacting individuals and businesses in the six county region seeking dollar contributions to support its 2014 Ramp Drive Campaign. LIFT wishes to expand its inventory of portable ramps that serve local homes on a temporary basis.
LIFT has only two portable ramps in its six-county inventory, one 6’ portable ramp and only one 10’ portable ramp. LIFT wants to add to its inventory with funds from the Ramp Drive Campaign to meet the growing need for such ramps. They plan to purchase ten to fifteen additional portable ramps to meet the temporary needs of people with disabilities. According to the LIFT Team the estimated cost for each of these new portable ramps is anywhere from $300-$700 per ramp depending on the size.
LIFT’s portable ramp inventory has not met the need. Many people with newly acquired disabilities have called on LIFT for temporary help until a permanent ramp can be installed in their home.
“LIFT handles a significant number of phone calls each week. To help people adjust and remain in their own homes the number one issue is often access. Modifications to the home, inside and out are often needed. Without a temporary ramp into the home it is far more difficult to manage the transition to a permanent ramp.”
LIFT says that new portable ramps, purchased with funds raised by the new Ramp Drive Campaign, would be deployed to people with an urgent need, as soon as they are available:
“It might be someone who has recently had surgery or a stroke, or we often see individuals whose disability has worsened requiring them to use a wheelchair. As an example, the temporary ramp is a solution for a nursing home resident who wishes to be with their family in their home during the holidays.”
The Area Transportation Authority (ATA) now offers regular commuter service from Clearfield to State College.
The service, available Monday through Friday, provides two trips connecting Clearfield, and State College via Route 322 every morning. The service originates at a new Park & Ride location in Hyde near the Lawrence Township Building at the corner of Washington Avenue and Faulker Street. The first morning Connector bus departs at 5:24 am. A second Connector bus departs an hour later at 6:24 am.
Stops along the Connector route include the Clearfield County Courthouse; Irwin Drive in Decatur Village; the Gas Light Café, the Philips Hotel, 8th Street & East Presqueisle Street and Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg; and the Bryce Jordan Center and Pattee Transit Center on the Penn State University Park Campus. On campus return trips will originate from the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. The first Connector trip departs at 4:15 pm and the final return trip departs Bryce Jordan at 5:15 pm. Departures from the Pattee Transit Center are at 4:22 pm and 5:22 pm respectively. The full schedule with specific stop locations and times is available here.
The commuter service originates in ATA’s service area and extends into CATA’s, the transportation authority that serves State College and surrounding areas. Multiple parties and considerations were addressed. In addition, Clearfield and Centre Counties, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Public Transportation; two transportation planning organizations (Centre County MPO; and the North Central Pennsylvania RPO); multiple municipalities, Penn State University and a private transportation operator were involved in the coordination and development of the service.
Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2013
The Highest Transit Ridership in 57 Years
In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.
“Last year people took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation. As the highest annual ridership number since 1956, Americans in growing numbers want to have more public transit services in their communities,” said Peter Varga, APTA Chair and CEO of The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI. “Public transportation systems nationwide – in small, medium, and large communities – saw ridership increases. Some reported all-time high ridership numbers.”
Some of the public transit agencies reporting record ridership system-wide or on specific lines were located in the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Espanola, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Pompano Beach, FL; Riverside, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Carlos, CA; Tampa, FL; Yuma, AZ; and New York, NY.
Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 37.2 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 20.3 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 22.7 percent.
“There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.
“Access to public transportation matters,” continued Melaniphy. “Community leaders know that public transportation investment drives community growth and economic revitalization.”
CAT BUS Campus Loop Expands
The CAT BUS Campus Loop greets returning students at Clarion University on Monday January 28th.
The Campus Loop now has extended evening hours to better handle campus commuting.
The Campus Loop operates Monday through Friday only.
With additional loops last year and even more in 2013 the Campus Loop operates a total of 30 loops Monday through Thursday and 22 loops on Friday.
NIGHT SERVICE - Evening Campus Loop service has been expanded.
The CAT BUS Mall Loop is also offered by Clarion Area Transit with 12 loops operating from 8:20 AM to 8:15 PM on weekdays.
On Friday and Saturday the Mall Loop service is extended in to the evening with two additional loops beginning at 8:20 AM with the final stop at Reinhard Village at 10:15 PM.
ATA now has Pitt-Bradford (UPB) on its daily fixed route from Kane to Bradford
In January ATA added a new bus stop to its Kane-Bradford daily fixed route. The bus gets an early start from Kane Tops market leaving at 7:16 a.m.. The ATA bus arrives on the UPB campus in front of the Pitt Bradford Safety Office at 8:34 a.m., Monday through Friday.
On the afternoon return trip the ATA bus begins its route at the UPB Campus Safety Office at 3:07 p.m.
The ATA transit bus completes its run where it began, at the Kane Tops market at 4:49 p.m.
To view the stop listing and stop times for Kane Bradford (and now UPB) download a PDF of the trifold brochure, or view the schedule table here. The upgrade was announced in an advertisement that appeared in several editions of the Kane Republican newspaper.
|Monday, 12 November 2012|
ATA joins the Salute to America’s Veterans
Public Transportation is committed to serve those who served
ATA and Public Transportation Support America’s Veterans
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania (ATA) participated in the first Public Transportation Supports America’s Veterans Day on Monday, November 12.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), it is a day for public transportation systems and businesses to acknowledge and thank our country’s veterans. Second, it is a day to emphasize how important public transportation is for veterans whether it is for commuting to jobs, or traveling to V.A. medical centers or veterans service organizations.
“Today ATA and its employees salute our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service,” said ATA CEO Mike Imbrogno. “Our transit system is participating by supporting veterans and their families with public transit to get to work or to vital services. On October 26th ATA provided transportation for the dedication for the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge of Jefferson County. We were very proud to be a part of this important day honoring area veterans.” See the ATA photo gallery. See the News Center 6 story.
October 26th - ATA participates in dedication of Jefferson County Purple Heart Memorial Bridge
The bridge formerly known as the “Blake’s Hardware Bridge” in Brookville is now the “Purple Heart Memorial Bridge of Jefferson County.”
The renaming took place October 26th when the official signs were unveiled during a ceremony attended by Purple Heart recipients from Jefferson County and western Pennsylvania, representatives from several local veterans groups, and local dignitaries. Purple Heart Bridge of Jefferson County Dedication Day: Friday, October 26, 2012
ATA provided transportation support for veterans, purple heart recipients and family members participating in the dedication program. Shuttle service was provided from Heritage House to the dedication site on the North Fork Creek in Brookville. ATA staff placed two large poster signs on the special Gillig bus welcoming visitors from across Pennsylvania. The ATA maintenance team in DuBois placed two American flags at the front of the bus for an impressive display of ATA's appreciation for their special passengers.
Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin welcomed veterans from across Pennsylvania.
At the urging of the local veterans groups, House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) sponsored the legislation necessary to rename the bridge. The measure was passed earlier this year by the House and guided through the Senate by Sen. Joe Scarnati.
During his remarks, Smith stressed that the bridge is dedicated to the memory of all Purple Heart recipients of Jefferson County. “Our actions today show that our community truly cares about our veterans from all wars,” he said. “It shows that we have great pride in our service men and women and what they have done for our nation.”
Speaker of the House Sam Smith with Representative Glenn Thompson and Lance Corporal Ryan Blochberger.
Among those attending was Lance Corporal Ryan Blochberger of Brookville, a Purple Heart recipient who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan in May 2011.
Punxsutawney Phil and John Griffiths, Co-Handler, on ATA's YouTube Channel. Click here.
The Annual Groundhog Club Banquet 2014 - Saturday February 1, 2014
This year’s banquet will be held Saturday Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Punxsutawney Area High School. The master of ceremonies for the banquet will be Jeff Lundy, The Fair Weatherman. The guest speaker for the banquet is Jen Carfagno, an on-camera meteorologist, co-host of "Weekend View," and contributor to "Wake up with Al" and "Morning Rush" on The Weather Channel. Read More,
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. No! Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world. Read More.
In September: Phil and the Punxsy Chamber Meet Deputry Secretay Holman at the ATA Transit Center.
On September 19th an enthusiastic “Road Show” arrived at the ATA Transit Center in Punxsutawney. A team top-level officials from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) was in town as the guest of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce.
Deputy Secretary Holman - The Road Show
Clyde "Champ" Holman is the deputy secretary for community affairs and development for Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development
(DCED). Mr. Holman and the other DCED officials came to the Transit Center to meet with Chamber officials, elected officials, and ATA staff, to tour finished projects for which DCED had provided developmental support. It was part of a privately funded DCED Road Show.
Representative Sam Smith Welcomes Champ Holman.
Following an important speech before the Legislative Breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce that same morning, State Representative Sam Smith, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was also in the ATA Transit Center to welcome Deputy Secretary Holman. Representative Smith spoke of the importance of downtown revitalization and the DCED's continued support for communities like Punxsutawney.
Mr. Holman and Secretary C. Allan Walker had been fanning out across the region in north central Pennsylvania. For his part Secretary Walker emphasized the self-reliance of the people from his home community in Clearfield County and went on to encourage local leaders to work together through regional action, municipal consolidation, and cooperation among local governments.
Tours and presentations were made in Clearfield, Brookville, and DuBois among many locations. Walker and DCED representatives spent four days traveling throughout Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties. In all the DCED Road Show tour included 83 locations in the six counties that also form the ATA service area region. DCED officials toured successful projects, and met with community, economic development and tourism partners. Walker told Joy Norwood of Tri-County Sunday that some 50 staff members from DCED were in the region.
The Road Show tour concluded in DuBois on Friday September 20th.
“The purpose of our three-day visit to the troops on the ground is to get the pulse of our partners in the field, to celebrate your successes and to learn how we can work together with you to be even more successful.” – -- Secretary C. Alan Walker
ATA staff members were on hand to answer questions and conduct tours of the newly opened transit center. Representing ATA were Gabe Uljon, Director of ATA facilities, Mary Koch, Division Manager South, John Lacny, Director of Marketing and Communication, and Richard Viglione, Special Projects Manager for ATA.
At the Transit Center: Chamber (and Phil) Welcome Deputy Secretary Holman
Michele Neal, Executive Director of the Punxsutawney Chamber selected the ATA Transit Center as an important example of the DCED support for local revitalization on Findley Street. Michele Neal presented Deputy Secretary Holman with a membership citation for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Mr. Holman was surprised and gratefully accepted the honor. Deputy Secretary Holman and his team were obviously delighted to meet Punxsutawney Phil, along with co-handler John Griffiths from Punxsutawney’s Inner Circle.
Punxsutawney Phil is a hard working and visible ambassador for Punxsutawney. While Phil likes the comforts of home near the local library, Phil is often alongside community leaders promoting Punxsutawney and surrounding communities whenever he is called upon. Thanks to the dedication of Punxsutawney's Inner Circle Phil has the mobility and the comfort to charm visitors, delight children, and engender pride for Punxsutawney each and every day.
This was the second visit Punxsutawney Phil has made to the newly constructed ATA Transit Center on Findley Street. Phil was among the group that cut the ribbon to formally open the Transit Center on Friday June 7th taking his place among the municipal, county, and ATA Board leaders.
Hundreds of photos were taken on cell phones and journalist’s cameras, making the DCED Road Show another memorable occasion at Punxsutawney’s “transit central.”
Phil enjoyed his visit to ATA on Findley Street and showed his usual social skills in the presence of state officials. For Phil lunch was a major event consisting of oats, carrots and lettuce.
Deputy Secretary Champ Holman DCED with Punxsutawney Phil and John Griffiths, Co-Handler