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.
Catholic Charities Samaritan Center Transportation Aid (Updated 1/26/22)
Semester-long bus passes are available for TC3 students who take the bus to get to classes; must provide proof of enrollment and income (including financial aid awards). Bus passes for new jobs and medical appointments (if you cannot take a Medicaid cab), and gas vouchers. All are available on a limited basis.
Tconnect Service Expanded - Increasing Rural Transit Access (Updated 12/20/22)
The Tconnect service launched in the Lansing/Etna area in August 2020. This on-demand service replaced TCAT’s weekend fixed-route 77 connecting riders to transit stops or to select destinations in the service area.
AARP In-person Driver Safety Course Postponed Until 2022 (Updated on 9/28/21)
AARP's In-person Driver Safety courses are postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AARP is using statistical county-by-county maps to determine when in-person courses can be offered. When in-person courses resume, the price will be $25 for AARP members and $30 for non-members, a $5 increase. Explore AARP’s Online Smart Driver courses and Way2Go’s videos with tips for Aging & Driving.
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 to 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.
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 January 26, 2022