New schedules available online and on the buses
In response to customer requests, AMTRAN added trips to current bus routes to fill in service gaps beginning June 23.
Early Morning Trips
The 7:00 a.m. trip on the #1 Crosstown (Ivyside) will continue all summer. The 7:20 a.m. trip on the #3 Flash (Ivyside) will continue all summer.
The 7:40 a.m. trip on the #1 Crosstown (Walmart) will continue all summer. The 8:00 a.m. trip on the #3 Flash (Logan Town Centre) will continue all summer.
Route Leaving Transit Center at
#1 Crosstown (Ivyside)...............7:00 a.m.
#3 Flash (Ivyside).......................7:20 a.m.
#1 Crosstown (Walmart).............7:40 a.m.
#3 Flash (Logan Town Centre)....8:00 a.m.
Late Afternoon Trips
Beginning on June 23, the #1 Crosstown (Walmart) has a 4:40 p.m. trip. The #2 East End added a 5:00 p.m. trip. We added a 5:00 p.m. trip to the #3 Flash (Logan Town Centre). The last trip for route #4 Plank Road used to leave downtown at 3:00 p.m. But beginning on June 23, we added trips leaving the transit center at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. There is now a 5:20 p.m. trip added to the #5 Pleasant Valley (Walmart) beginning June 23.
To help people get back home after taking care of Courthouse business, we added a #8 Hollidaysburg trip leaving downtown Altoona at 4:30 p.m. that departs the Courthouse at 5:30 p.m.
Route Leaving Transit Center at
#1 Crosstown (Walmart)................4:40 p.m.
#2 East End..................................5:00 p.m.
#3 Flash (Logan Town Centre)......5:00 p.m.
#4 Plank Road...........4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
#5 Pleasant Valley (Walmart)........5:20 p.m.
#8 Hollidaysburg...........................4:30 p.m.
Previously the #14 Evening Flash only ran Monday through Friday. Starting on June 23, the Evening Flash also runs on Saturday nights.
Because we are adding so many 5:00 p.m. trips, the #12 Night Owl does not start until 6:00 p.m.
AMTRAN is committing to these new trips for a minimum of one year. Service beyond one year will be based on ridership productivity.
Amtran and their tech partner, Avail Technologies of State College, have announced a myStop app for iPhones and iPads available as a free download at the App Store.
Using the new app, customers can plan their trip through Google Maps. You can also find out when your bus will be at your stop in real time. In addition, you can set an alert to remind you when the bus will arrive.
The new smart phone app is one of many available technologies from AMTRAN that make it easier to ride the bus. Real-time bus departures are also available on our website, by phone (944-1200), or by scanning a QR code posted at every bus stop. For more info, click on the myStop icon above.
AMTRAN also offers a rider alert service to send you a text or email if your bus is detoured for weather or construction. To sign up, click on the Rider Alert button on the right.
Trip Planning Through Google Maps
AMTRAN now offers transit trip planning through Google Maps™ adding to an already long list of technology applications to make it easier to ride the bus.
Just click the light blue icon above. Customers can plug in their origin, destination, and time of day to have Google Maps™ plan their bus trip for them. Their plan will include directions to the bus stop (and how long it will take to walk there), when the bus is scheduled to arrive (and how long the bus trip will take), and finally how to get from their ending bus stop to their final destination (again including how long a walk).
According to Eric Wolf, AMTRAN General Manager, “This is a simple, easy solution to customers asking ‘how do I get there from here?’ It works on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. Plus it’s available 24/7.”
Trip planning is only the latest technological innovation for AMTRAN. For more than four years, customers have been able to get real-time bus departure times from any AMTRAN bus stop through their computer or phone plus through scan-able QR codes at every stop.
AMTRAN’s tech partner is Avail Technologies in State College, PA.
No bus service on Sundays and on the following holidays - New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Dan's Story - a Penn State Altoona student
Many of the people that use public transportation in central Pennsylvania are either senior citizens or have a disability. Dan M. does not fall into either of these categories, however he still relies greatly on AMTRAN’s bus service on a day to day basis.
Dan is a full time student at Penn State Altoona. Like many college students he cannot afford a car and needs a source of reliable transportation. He uses the bus system as his primary means to get to class, especially during the winters when it is far too cold to walk or ride a bike.
AMTRAN doesn’t just give Dan the ability to get around town. It gives him the opportunity to pursue a college degree.
*** Rider Alert ***
PV FLASH - Ivyside inbound routes will use 12 St. to 13 Ave. to 11 St. to Chestnut, reg. route to transit center
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