Tconnect is a new, weekend-only service, run by TCAT, that will be piloted in the Lansing/Etna community starting August 30, 2020. The service will help rural residents access TCAT’s existing bus routes and will accommodate multiple pick-up and drop-off locations beyond fixed-route connections. Not only will a rider be able to schedule a trip to a TCAT bus stop, but also to locations such as the Cayuga Mall, Ithaca Airport, U.S. Postal Service, Convenient Care at Ithaca, and the Tompkins County Public Safety (Jail and Sheriff's office).
To schedule a ride, use the app (download at https://www.hypercommute.com/ ) and select the Tconnect service or call TCAT 607 277-7433 (RIDE). Trips can be scheduled 30 minutes in advance between 7:35 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and between 1:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.. The service will be run with a TCAT driver and one of the 25ft or 35ft buses in TCAT’s fleet.
The cost is the same as a regular TCAT ride, $1.50 per ride for adults and half fare for youth 17 and under, seniors 60 and older, and persons with disabilities. Prepaid Tcards can also be used. (PLEASE NOTE: TCAT is fare free through Sat., Sept. 5.)
Riders can make connections using route 30/70 at its main bus stop at the Shops at Ithaca Mall that offers frequent service to and from downtown and Cornell. Riders can transfer for free onto other routes that are operating within the TCAT service area. The app will provide real-time vehicle location information for the Tconnect vehicle, assisting users in seamlessly transferring between services.
In order for this service to properly follow TCAT’s COVID guidelines, there will be reduced capacity on the vehicles and masks will be required for drivers and passengers (unless a rider claims a medical exemption).
This is a two-year project funded by NYSERDA in partnership with TCAT, Gadabout, HyperCommute, and Way2Go. The goals of this project are to increase rural access to public transportation,and reduce transportation barriers in Tompkins County, the number of drive-alone vehicles coming into Ithaca, and Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Last updated September 23, 2020