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Inspired By GPS Error, Blue Loop Extends Service To African Coast

Editor’s note: This story is part of Onward State’s April Fools’ Day series. It is satirical, meant for entertainment, and not to be taken literally. Any quotes were made up for the purpose of this post.

The Blue Loop: Serving campus, downtown…and the western coast of Africa via College Avenue.

Recently, CATA announced that the beloved Blue Loop will add a few additional stops to extend its route. These stops will take the Blue Loop all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to the northwestern coast of Africa.

The landmark move comes as a result of a strange GPS error that placed the Blue Loop’s location halfway across the globe. CATA said reports of the inaccurate locations sparked the outside-the-box initiative to expand eastward.

Editor’s note: This is literally a real screenshot.

“When we heard that the Blue Loop was accidentally showing up in Africa, we knew that we had an opportunity on our hands,” a CATA spokesperson said. “Now, Penn State is able to further connect with World Campus students, all while keeping a portion of Blue Loop services in the heart of Happy Valley.”

With far longer commutes on tap, some community members have voiced concerns over increased wait times in between stops. CATA said it will consider adding a full fleet of new buses to keep things running smoothly. To date, though, the organization has not figured out a way to get the Blue Loop’s buses across the Atlantic Ocean.

Additionally, CATA said it will introduce a Blue Loop Express route that will follow the loop’s “original” path along campus and downtown. Both new routes will launch on Monday, April 4.

The Blue Loop will remain free for all passengers, but those getting off in a different continent will need a valid passport on hand.

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