CATA recognizes long-standing employees

BELLEFONTE — Over the past year, the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board of Directors and staff have had the privilege of formally recognizing some of its most long-standing bus operators and maintenance employees celebrating milestone career anniversaries and retirements with resolutions of appreciation.

Bus operator Bill Baer was recognized by the board of directors for his over 40 years of service to CATA. Bill has dedicated himself to providing the best customer service and safest ride possible for his riders, and has even participated in numerous driving competitions at the state level during his tenure.

Mechanic Steve Moore was also recognized for over 40 years of service, who prior to his retirement dedicated himself to the maintenance of CATA’s compressed natural gas vehicles and keeping them in good repair.

Bus operators Freeman Crater and Frank Kutzer were recognized upon their retirement from CATA in 2018, with 32 years and 19 years of career experience, respectively, and for providing the best possible bus service to CATA’s riders.

“The average tenure of CATA’s 197 employees is noteworthy, with approximately 14 of those having served over 20 years,” says Louwana Oliva, CATA General Manager. “The bus operators, maintenance team, and staff truly make CATA what it is – a highly-respected and reliable public transportation provider with one of the highest per capita ridership in the nation. The over 120 years of service that Bill, Steve, Freeman and Frank have given to their careers at CATA exemplify what it means to provide excellent public transportation and customer service and to put safety at the forefront.”

“Those recognized, as well as all of the CATA workforce, have made tremendous contributions to the organization, “says Dr. John C. Spychalski, chair of the CATA board of directors. “Some of our employees have been here since CATA first came into being in the Spring of 1974, and have seen the organization flourish into the nationally-recognized state-of-the art transit system that it is today.”