Penn State Altoona

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beginning Fall Semester 2014

Ivyside to Downtown (daytime) - Three trips per hour via Crosstown, Pleasant Valley, and Flash.
Ivyside to Downtown (evening) - One trip per hour via the
Evening Flash.

Nittany Pointe (daytime) - Four trips per hour via The Pointe.
Nittany Pointe (evening) - One trip per hour via the
Evening Flash.

Broadway (daytime) - Two trips per hour via Pleasant Valley and Flash.
Broadway (evening) - One trip per hour via the
Evening Flash.


No bus service on Sundays and on the following holidays - New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Fall Semester 2014
August 21 - Pointe service starts (Beginning of semester)
November 24-29 - No Pointe service (Thanksgiving Break)
December 18 - Pointe service ends (End of semester)

Spring Semester 2015
January 12 - Pointe service starts (Beginning of semester)
March 9-14 - No Pointe service (Spring Break)
May 7 - Pointe service ends (End of semester)

Penn State students enjoying the ride on an AMTRAN bus

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Routes & Times
through Spring Semester 2015

To the Downtown Campus (Devorris, Aaron, Sheetz)

myStop Technology

Find out when your bus will arrive in real time by calling, scanning, or online.

Penn State Altoona is served by the CrosstownPleasant Valley, and Flash  routes which will connect the Ivyside Campus to the Downtown Campus three times an hour from 7:20 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After 5:00 p.m., catch the Evening Flash once an hour to or from the Downtown Campus.

So you can catch either the CrosstownPleasant Valley, or Flash every 20 minutes from the Hawthorn shelter at the Ivyside Campus to Devorris, Aaron, and Sheetz at the Downtown Campus until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After 5:00 p.m., the Evening Flash runs once an hour from Ivyside to Downtown and back (including Martin's Chestnut Avenue).

To Logan Town Center, Logan Valley Mall, and Walmart

During daylight hours, Penn State students will be able to ride the bus from the Hawthorn shelter to Logan Town Centre (via Flash) or to Logan Valley Mall and Walmart (via Crosstown or Pleasant Valley) Monday through Saturday with no transfer necessary.

For evening service, the last Night Owl trip will leave Logan Valley Mall at 9:30 p.m. and connect to Penn State Altoona via the Evening Flash at the Downtown Transit Center. Since the evening service is less frequent, check the schedule carefully or phone us at 944-4074 Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Between Nittany Pointe and the Hawthorn Shelter

Route #15 The Pointe connects Nittany Pointe to the Ivyside Campus with a stop between Maple and Oak Halls and at the bus shelter next to Hawthorn.  Connect to the downtown campus at the Hawthorn shelter.  After 5:00 p.m., catch the Evening Flash from the Hawthorn shelter to Nittany Pointe.

Route #15 The Pointe runs Monday through Friday.
Routes #1 Crosstown, #3 Flash, #5 Pleasant Valley, and #14 The Evening Flash all run Monday through Saturday.

No bus service on Sundays and on the following holidays - New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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We can tell you when your bus will be at your stop on your phone, smart phone or on the web.

By Phone
Just dial 944-1200 and punch in your bus stop number.  The computer will tell you when the next bus will arrive in real time.  (Every AMTRAN bus stop has stop number on the stop sign.)

By Smart Phone QR Codes
All AMTRAN bus stops have a Quick Response (QR) code for your smart phone posted on the myStop sign. It will tell you when the next bus will arrive in real time.  (QR code readers are usually available as a free download at your App Store.)

On the Web
Go to 
myStop on the top menu above. Then click your route and find your stop on the map.  It will tell you when the next bus will arrive in real time.

Rider Alert

We can tell you if your bus goes off route.

Sometimes road construction or bad weather means our buses can’t follow their regular routes.  If you sign up for Rider Alerts here on our website, we can alert you by e-mail or text message when your bus has to go off route.  This is particularly important if you live at Nittany Pointe or College Park because if their maintenance crews do not clear the snow sufficiently, our buses will not go there.  When this happens, we send out a Rider Alert so you can plan around it.

You, the customer, get to choose which bus routes you want to know about.  You decide how you’ll receive the  alert - by e-mail or by text.  You can add routes, change alerts, or even cancel the service at any time. 

Don’t miss an important class or event because of weather or detours.  Give Rider Alerts a try. 

Bike Racks

All AMTRAN buses now have bike racks if you want to ride your bike to Martin's supermarket or to the Downtown Campus and then ride the bus back.  For more information on how to use AMTRAN's bike rack, watch this video by Penn State Altoona alum, Sam Wagner.

Contact Us

If you need help, just E-mail or phone AMTRAN (944-4074) Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

3301 Fifth Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 P: (814) 944-4074