Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tconnect initiative in Dryden has been delayed until further notice. Presently, planners are revising the project in consultation with Tconnect’s funding partner, NYSERDA. (updated May, 2020)
What is Tconnect?
Tconnect is designed to be an app-based mobility service to help rural residents access TCAT’s existing bus service. Tconnect will allow users to schedule a trip on a Gadabout minibus that will take them to an existing TCAT bus stop. 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
In addition to NYSERDA, the project’s partners are TCAT, Gadabout, HyperCommute, and Way2Go.
Below is a Video of the presentation to help give a better understanding of what Tconnect is. After viewing the introductory video, please fill out our Tconnect survey! This will help us fine-tune the service before going live.
Community involvement to date:
There were a series of public meetings for Dryden residents about the project at the Village of Dryden on Feb. 12, and Southworth Library on Feb. 17, with a third one planned Sat., Feb. 22 at Poets Landing.
Attendees at the first meeting included Tompkins County Legislator Mike Lane, whose district includes Dryden, shown below on the right with TCAT Assistant General Manager, Tconnect project manager, and Theodora Weatherby, who is an environmental educator with Way2Go, a program with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Also shown below, village officials. from left, that included Clerk/Treasurer Debra Marrotte; Deputy-Clerk Treasurer Rotha Marsh and Dryden Village Police Officers Josh Tagliavento and Sgt. Deborah Lawrence, also met with Yarrow and Weatherby also to learn more about the program for their community.
How to contact us:
Interested in learning more? Have questions or feedback about the Tconnect service? We’d love to hear from you!
Phone: (607) 277-9388 ext. 560
(Additional meetings may be scheduled, please check back for specifics.)
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