Updated February 8, 2021
Tconnect 77 spring service
expanded to include Lansing Town Hall area
Tconnect, an app-based, on-demand and call-in service offered by TCAT with app developer HyperCommute, first launched Aug. 30 to serve riders on Saturdays and Sundays in the northeast part of TCAT’s service area. See Tconnect 77 spring schedule effective Sun., Feb. 7 through Sat., May 29, and includes more coverage in the surrounding area of Lansing Town Hall to include Milton Meadows and Woodsedge Apts.
If you haven’t already, please check out HyperCommute’s apps by clicking either IOS or Android for whichever mobile device you use. If you need assistance using the app, Tconnect staff will be happy to help you out with training. Email us at at firstname.lastname@example.org (place Tconnect app in the subject line) or call (607) 277-9388 ext. 560 and leave a message with your information on how best to contact you.
Tconnect was initially slated to serve the Village of Dryden and surrounding areas on weekdays, however, pandemic-related ridership changes prompted project managers to alter their plans. Instead of putting the brakes on the project until ridership can support the Dryden area, they rolled out a modified weekend version of Tconnect 77 beginning late August, 2020, to center on a portion of the Lansing-Etna area (and replacing the weekend fixed route 77).
Launching Tconnect 77 in the Lansing/Etna area has enabled the NYSERDA-funded project to move forward. And, it has been giving TCAT’s project partner, Urban Mobility, Inc., a chance to refine its HyperCommute software, and for project managers to analyze Tconnect’s overall service capabilities.
Coverage area includes the Lansing Town Hall area (starting Feb. 7, 2021); Triphammer Road; N. Warren Road; the Winston Court area or so-called “Cigarette Alley;” Hanshaw Road (including Hanshaw Village); Lower Creek Road, Sapsucker Woods Road and Etna Road .
Riders are able to schedule trips in real time between 7:35 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and between 1:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to travel to destinations to include the Shops at Ithaca Mall, Cayuga Mall, the U.S. Postal Service and the Tompkins County Public Safety (Sheriff’s office/jail).
Or riders can make connections using the route 30/70 bus stop at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, which run to the Commons and Cornell. From the route 30, which operates 7 days a week, and route 70, which operates Sat. and Sun., riders can transfer onto other routes (at no extra cost) and complete their trips anywhere within the TCAT service area. Regular TCAT fares apply or $1.50 for adult single ride or half fare for youth 17 and under; seniors 60 and older; and persons with disabilities.
Instead of using buses and drivers from Gadabout Transportation Services, as it will for the Dryden-centered service, the Tconnect 77 service in the Lansing/Etna area is using smaller 35 foot TCAT buses. TCAT plans to operate this service through February, and depending on ridership, will continue offering it in the future.
Riders are able to download the the HyperCommute app on their iPhones on the App Store or an Android phone on Google Play to subscribe and to schedule rides For those who don’t have a smartphone, rides can be scheduled by calling (607) 277-7433 (RIDE).
TCAT’s other project partners include Way2Go, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s transportation education program and paratransit provider Gadabout Transportation Services, Inc. The project is being funded with a $260,000 grant from the NYSERDA.
Interested in learning more? We’d love to hear from you!
Some more background about Tconnect
Essentially, Tconnect is designed to help rural residents access TCAT’s existing bus service. As mentioned above, it allows users to schedule a trip either on a smaller TCAT as it will for the Lansing/Etna service or for the Dryden service, a Gadabout minibus. Trips can be scheduled using a mobile app or by calling the Tconnect office. The app will provide real-time vehicle location information for both the Gadabout and TCAT buses, assisting users in seamlessly transferring between services.
The goals of this project are to:
- Increase rural access to public transportation
- Reduce transportation barriers in Tompkins County
- Reduce the number of drive alone vehicles coming into Ithaca
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
To see a pre-pandemic press release click here.
To the right is an earlier video presentation to give a better understanding of what Tconnect will look like when it is launched in Dryden.