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TCAT, Inc (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides public transportation for Tompkins County New York.
"The current state funding structure cannot sustain the transit services necessary to grow the upstate economy..."
TCAT offers training for bus operators as well as an excellent wage-and-benefit package.
Green Street Station is TCAT's No. 1 hub with 450,000 boardings a year.
TCAT, Inc. gets many requests from its valued passengers to provide service data to Google Transit and to offer mobile app capability and real time information.
We have long realized this would be a tremendous benefit for our passengers and for TCAT's visibility as well. At present, we are working behind the scenes to assess our information technology and data management needs in several areas. When our study is complete, we hope to implement a system that can export service data in GTFS format for Google Transit. This would enable smartphone apps and other third party technologies to easily convey our transit data, including real time service information to alert passengers about such things as weather related or sudden traffic delays.
The reason that TCAT does not have this technology is not because of a lack of interest or lack of willing developers, but rather from the lack of the necessary scheduling data and available bus tracking data upon which such applications depend. TCAT currently maintains service related data manually, and a robust, automated data management and generation system would need to be in place before we could embark on projects that rely on large amounts of accurate, real-time information.
To that end, the current IT and data management needs study will specifically identify these needs and implement appropriate solutions. Once these steps have been taken, we will be in a position to develop these popular and useful tools for our passengers, and we very much look forward to doing so!
Updated Wed, Dec. 4
Effective immediately, the Tompkins County Highway Division has re‑opened Hanshaw Road for the winter enabling TCAT to resume Route 41 service between Sapsucker Woods Road and Pleasant Grove Road.
Route 74 (weekend service) inbound will resume serving Salem Drive, Winston Court and Muriel Street.
Please note: there are no changes to Route 31.
Due to construction at the Mitchell Street and State Street intersection, delays are anticipated until further notice.
TCAT apologizes for any inconvenience and asks passengers for their patience.