Ride For Five

The “Ride for Five” employee mass transit program provides access to all CATABUS routes to full-time Penn State University Park employees for only $5 per month. Transportation Services covers the remaining cost of each employee mass transit pass to encourage the use of mass transit, reduce vehicle congestion on campus, and promote sustainable transportation.

 Eligibility Requirements and Program Rules

  • Must be a full-time, full-benefit Penn State University Park employee
  • May not have a daytime-access Penn State parking permit (or must return this permit when purchasing the “Ride for Five” mass transit pass), but may register for an evening/weekend parking permit
  • Employee mass transit passes are valid at any time on all regular CATABUS routes
  • Passes are not transferable and may be used only for the transportation of the individual to whom the pass is issued
  • Employee mass transit passes are not valid on any other CATA service, including CENTRE RIDE, the Football Shuttle, Charters, or any special shuttle services, whether open to the public or not

How to Register

Interested employees should complete a program application (pdf) and submit it in person at the Parking Office at 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck during normal business hours, which are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants must present their Penn State ID at the time of registration.

The "Ride for Five" mass transit pass is the property of Penn State Transportation Services and must be returned upon termination of enrollment or eligibility or upon request by Penn State Transportation Services.

At the end of each two fiscal-year term (current term ends June 30, 2016), pass holders will be required to obtain a new pass from the Parking Office for the new two fiscal-year term. Program participants will be contacted when new passes are available for pick-up. Typically, this is on or around June 1 prior to the start of the new fiscal year.  Old passes must be returned and balances must be paid in full prior to receiving the new bus pass.

Payment

Employees may elect to have the cost of the pass deducted from their paycheck on a pre-tax basis. Employees not eligible for payroll deduction are required to pay the full fiscal year fee, in advance, by cash, check or money order (made payable to “The Pennsylvania State University”), major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), or LionCash+.

For employees paid monthly participating in payroll deduction:

  • The cost of the bus pass will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck issued on the last working day of each month.  The evening/weekend permit will also be deducted if the employee has chosen this permit as an option.
  • For any given month, a full deduction will be made for passes issued on or before the 15th of that month and no deduction will be made for passes issued on or after the 16th of that month.
  • For any given month, no deduction will be made for passes turned in on or before the 15th of that month and a full deduction will be made for passes turned in on or after the 16th of that month.

For employees paid biweekly participating in payroll deduction:

  • The cost of the bus pass will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck at a biweekly equivalent.  The biweekly equivalent is equal to the monthly rate multiplied by 12 months and divided by 26, or $2.31 per paycheck for a monthly pass cost of $5.00.
  • For any given biweekly pay period, a full biweekly deduction will be made for passes issued on or before the 7th day of that pay period and no biweekly deduction will be made for passes issued on or after the 8th day of that pay period.
  • For any given biweekly pay period, no biweekly deduction will be made for passes turned in on or before the 7th day of that pay period and a full biweekly deduction will be made for passes turned in on or after the 8th day of that pay period.

Payroll deduction will continue without interruption until the employee requests, in writing, that the deduction be discontinued and surrenders his/her bus pass to the Parking Office.  Unless and until the pass (and evening/weekend permit where applicable) is surrendered, payroll deduction will continue each pay period until the pass is turned in. For prepaid passes, a prorated refund will be issued for any passes returned prior to the expiration date.

Parking Options

“Ride for Five” program participants are eligible to receive four free one-day commuter parking permits when they purchase the mass transit pass or anytime thereafter while still enrolled in the program. These permits may be used for parking at the commuter lots (Lot 44, Stadium West, Porter North) on days when driving to campus is preferred. Participants will be eligible for four additional one-day commuter permits on or after July 1 of each year if still enrolled in the program. Additional permits may also be purchased any time at a cost of $4 at the Parking Office, Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, or any parking information kiosk

Employees enrolled in the “Ride for Five” program are also eligible to purchase an evening/weekend parking permit at a cost of $6 per month. This permit provides access to all faculty/staff parking lots beginning at 4 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays, with the following exceptions:

  • Lot Green H at Hort Woods is reserved for child care center parking only until 6 p.m. on weekdays
  • No parking is permitted at the Commuter lots (Lot 44, Stadium West, Porter North) between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., seven days a week

More Information

For more information on the “Ride for Five” employee mass transit program, please contact the Parking Office.