Some transportation services have experienced changes in the last year due to the COVID-19 crisis. For questions, call 2-1-1 or contact the service provider directly.
Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing is still a requirement when riding public and shared transportation. Stay informed of the availability of the vaccine and other COVID-19 related updates with the Tompkins County Health Department Website
COVID-19 Rides and Resources
The latest transportation-related service and program updates in Tompkins County.
Tconnect On-Demand Service Launch in Dryden on 8/9 (updated 8/4)
More than a year after the pandemic disrupted the original launch plan, the Tconnect app-based, on-demand transportation service will launch in Dryden on Monday, August 9th. Users will be able to schedule rides from their home to transit connections or select destinations in the service area.
Ithaca Carshare Membership Rates Change
Effective August 1st, 2021, the memberships rates for Ithaca Carshare have changed. Ithaca Carshare is committed to staying in tune with state and local health guidelines as they continue to offer carshare services to the Ithaca and Cornell communities. Visit the Ithaca Carshare website to learn more about their vehicles, membership rates, and COVID-19 procedures.
AARP Driver Safety Course Update (Updated on 7/9/21)
Many people are looking forward to the resumption of in-person Driver Safety classes at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Unfortunately, AARP’s Driver Safety classes will not be offered in-person until October or November 2021 at the earliest during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online AARP courses are available all year round by visiting Way2Go's listing of Driver Education resources.
Tconnect Service Expanded - Increasing Rural Transit Access
The Tconnect service launched in the Lansing/Etna area in August 2020 and has now expanded coverage in the surrounding area of Lansing Town Hall to include Milton Meadows and Woods Edge Apartments. This on-demand service replaced TCAT’s weekend fixed-route 77, and has provided over 500 rides connecting riders to transit stops or to select destinations in the service area. Plans are underway to provide a similar service to the Dryden area by 2022.
OurBus Service Expanded (Updated on 5/13/21)
OurBus has recently added a route between Ithaca and Syracuse, with a stop in Cortland. OurBus is still taking rides to and from the main bus station in Binghamton, but will no longer go to the vaccination center as of 5/11. OurBus departs and arrives at the Seneca Street bus stop in Downtown Ithaca.
OurBus Door-To-Door Available in Ithaca (Updated on 11/16/20)
With OurBus Door-To-Door, you can reserve a shared taxi ride to drop you off or pick you up from the Ithaca bus stop. Less expensive than a taxi ride. Guaranteed connection so you'll never miss the bus. There when you arrive so you're not waiting at the stop. Book in minutes with your bus trip.
Limited Availability of Medical Rides by Volunteer Drivers
Friends In Service Helping (FISH) provides medical rides to individuals who are limited income-eligible, have a disability, or are over the age of 60. FISH is running at a very limited capacity with only a few volunteer drivers available at this time. Gadabout is helping to supplement rides through referrals from 2-1-1. Call 2-1-1 for more information or to request a ride reservation.
Gadabout - Older Adults 55+ are Eligible to Ride
Gadabout lowered the eligibility for seniors to ride to age 55 and over. This decision was made to align themselves with the Fair Housing Act “Housing for Older Persons” age requirements.
Gadabout - Older Adults 60+ are Eligible for No Cost Tickets
The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has partnered up with Gadabout to offer older adults age 60 and over who have transportation needs with one-way Gadabout tickets at no cost. If you need services from the Office for the Aging, please call 607-274-5482, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Last updated August 4, 2021