News

  • Number of year-to-date passenger trips hit 4 million mark

    As the year winds down TCAT’s ridership continues to edge upward. And for the first time in five years, TCAT is exceeding previous-year numbers, thanks to Cornell University riders. On Thurs. afternoon, Dec. 6, year-to-date ridership hit the 4 million mark, a numerical threshold TCAT first met in 2012 and was since able to maintain […]

  • Ithaca College/ S. Hill residents: How can we make Route 11 a better ride?

    TCAT is trying to figure out why one of is major routes — Route 11 serving Ithaca College and the South Hill area — is losing ridership. To that end, TCAT is asking current and would-be Route 11 riders to click on  TCAT Route 11 survey  to help planners strategize and reverse the trend. System-wide, […]

  • Red Cross lauds TCAT for helping tenants displaced by apartment fire last winter

      TCAT was honored by the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner in Apalachin, NY, on Wed., Sept., 27, with a Good Neighbors Award for helping evacuate tenants at an apartment building fire in Slaterville Springs last winter. It all stemmed from a freezing cold night on Fri., Dec, […]

  • TCAT officially rolls out real-time information to give riders info on trips at their fingertips

    TCAT this week announced the official release of real-time information to its passengers via mobile apps and on its web site as part of a $1.5 million Information Technology/ Intelligent Transportion System (IT/ITS) project. TCAT contracted with Avail Technologies, Inc., based in State College, Pa., for the project, which was launched in February, 2016. The […]

  • Scot Vanderpool to take over the helm at TCAT

    After a 15-month and extensive nationwide search, the TCAT Board of Directors in a special board meeting today announced that it has selected Scot Vanderpool, shown above, as TCAT’s general manager, effective Fri. Aug. 11. Vanderpool, who was hired in January as TCAT’s operations manager, came to TCAT with 34 years of transportation experience at […]

  • TCAT-Cornell work in unison to formalize CU’s annual fare payment through 2021

     ITHACA, N.Y. – Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) and Cornell University signed a second Memorandum of Understanding in late June formalizing Cornell’s annual fare payments to the transit agency through June 30, 2021. The most recent agreement increases Cornell’s approximately $3.1 million annual fare payment by 1.5 percent each fiscal year from 2019 through […]

  • TCAT 2017 Board Reorganization 1/26/17

    David Howe took over the gavel as chairperson of the TCAT Board of Directors at its first meeting of the year on Thurs., Jan. 26. Howe, assistant dean of finance and administration at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, replaces TCAT Board Member Bill Gray, who served as chair in 2016. Howe has served on […]

  • TCAT invites passengers to weigh in on different set demo seats

    Since August, passengers on the TCAT Bus No. 1118 have noticed two rows of seats that look out of place. Now there are three sets of seats from a different manufacturer that also look different from the rest on the very same bus. TCAT Interim Maintenance Manager Jim Caco’s team recently installed state-of-the-art seats, manufactured […]

  • TCAT invites passengers to weigh in on demo seating

    Passengers who board TCAT Bus No. 1118 may notice two rows of seats that look a little out of place. TCAT Interim Maintenance Manager Jim Caco, shown above, and his team this week installed state-of-the-art seats, manufactured by Michigan-based American Seating Co., for riders to test out and give their feedback. The seats will be […]