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  • TCAT seeks volunteers interested in accessibility issues to serve on riders’ advisory committee

      TCAT’s Riders’ Advisory Committee is seeking new members to advise staff about fixed-route transit or paratransit issues impacting senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The committee meets from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Ithaca-Tompkins Transit Center, 737 Willow Ave., Ithaca.   Anyone interested should contact Patty […]

  • TCAT Winter-Spring Service goes into effect Sun. 1/21/18

    TCAT’s winter-spring service will be in effect from Sun., Jan. 21 through Sat., May 26. Passengers should refer to schedules for specific changes. The TCAT Winter/Spring 2018 Schedules & Service Guide is posted here. The printed Winter/Spring service guides will be distributed at key TCAT bus shelters, including Green St. Station and Seneca St. Station. […]

  • Michael Smith is TCAT’s new Operations Manager

      TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool recently announced that Michael Smith, shown above, will take over as TCAT’s new operations manager. Smith, a former transit supervisor, is filling a position vacated by Vanderpool when he became general manager in August, 2017.  Previously, the position was filled by Nancy Oltz, who retired after nearly four decade […]

  • TCAT thanks Centro for lending buses to help it deal with shortages

      Syracuse-based Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) has come to TCAT’s rescue by lending two buses to the Ithaca-based transit agency to help it prevent missed trips due to bus shortages. Upon the request of TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, (shown above far right with TCAT staff) Centro CEO Rick Lee last week […]

  • 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 […]