Fare & Pass Options (updated August 2019)

TCAT Fares


Effective Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, TCAT will eliminate its  two-zone fare structure with geography no longer a factor in the cost of riding a TCAT bus.

An adult single ride fare will be $1.50 for boarding anywhere in Tompkins County. Half fare for seniors 60 and older, youth 17 and under, and persons with disabilities will be 75 cents. Children five and under will continue to ride free. Please note: all outbound riders will now pay $1.50 or 75 cents. (Previously outbound riders boarding in Zone 2 were not charged a fare.)

For TCAT riders in possession of  unused rides or days on existing Zone 2 fare media (Tcards or fobs), TCAT will calculate the remaining value in rides or days (for day, month, or annual passes) and convert this value into rides or days in the new zone-less system. This value will automatically be applied to the existing card or fob in the pass queue. Please note: As with all passes, added rides or days do not show up on the fare box until rides or days are depleted on an existing pass.

The more per‑day and per‑ride passes you buy, the more you save.

Fare Structure

Cash Fare, Single Ride                                      You pay

Fare Type

Adult (ages 18-59)………………………………………. $1.50

Youth (ages 6-17) ………………………………………. 75 cents

Child (5 and under)………………………………………..Free

Half-fare (seniors age 60+)………………………………75 cents

Half-fare Medicare / persons w/ disability ……………..75 cents

If you choose to use, please use exact change only.


Drivers are unable to make change so you must have the exact fare. Dollar bills and coins are accepted. No pennies please.

Tcard Deals

The more rides or consecutive days of riding you purchase on your Tcard at one time, the more you save on your per-ride or per-day cost.

If you Purchase:                                                   You Pay:

Fare Type       

1-14 adult rides…………………………………….. $1.50 / ride

15+ adult rides……………………………………… $1.33 / ride

1-6 consecutive days……………………………….. $3.00 / day

7-30 consecutive days………………………………. $2.50 /day

31-364 consecutive days…………………………… $1.50 /day

365+ consecutive days………………………………. $1.25 /day

Ride Card Options

Each ride is a one-way trip. A round-trip would cost two rides. Rides do not expire.

Fare Type                                                                    

15 Ride card…………………………………………….. $20

Half-fare 15 Ride card…………………………………. $10
Seniors (age 60+)/ persons w/ disability / Medicare

Youth 15 Ride card……………………………………….$10
Youth (age 6-17)

Day Pass Options

By-the-Day passes are good for unlimited rides on consecutive days beginning the first day the pass is used.

Fare Type                                                                    

1 Day pass………………………………………………. $3

2 Day pass………………………………………………. $6

5 Day pass………………………………………………. $15

Weekly pass…………………………………………….. $17.50

Monthly pass…………………………………………….. $45

Annual pass……………………………… …………….. $450

Youth Passes

The Youth Semester Pass is good for unlimited rides each semester on any TCAT bus

Fare Type                                                                   

Youth Fall Semester

August 15 – January 31……………………………. $30

Youth Spring Semester

February 1 – June 30…………………………………… $30

Youth Summer Fun

June 27 – September 6………………………………… $50

Passes for College Students


Use your student ID at the farebox. Enjoy special pricing and added convenience by having bus privileges loaded right onto your student ID card. It’s important to note that it may take 2-3 days for your new bus pass to work on the bus. In the meantime, please carry an alternate fare.

College Student Rates

TC3

Fare Type                                                                        

TC3 Student……………………………….. $110
Semester Pass (fall or spring)

TC3 Student………………………………….$55
Semester Pass (summer)

Ithaca College

Fare Type                                                        

IC Student 15-ride pass ………………………………$15

IC Student Monthly Pass …………………………….. $30

IC Student Semester Pass (fall or spring)…………. $110

IC Student Semester Pass (summer)……………….. $45

All IC employees are eligible for free TCAT service.

For more information, click:

http://www.ithaca.edu/hr/benefits/otherbens/?item=623

Cornell University

All registered Cornell students receive unlimited rides on all TCAT buses after 6 p.m. weekdays, and anytime Saturday and Sunday. Students pay no fare when using their CU ID card at the fare box. Please note: Students must remain registered in order for their privileges to remain active. The CU photo ID card is the fare medium and must be presented at the fare box-and read electronically-in order to ride at no cost.

OmniRide

Purchase OmniRide and use your CU ID card at the fare box for unlimited rides on all TCAT buses any time they run, anywhere they go in Tompkins County. OmniRide is sold only by Cornell Transportation Services, located at 116 Maple Ave..

• Full-year OmniRide (valid through 8/31)……………………………………………………… $200

Only registered students can use the online system to purchase an OmniRide pass.

Refunds

There are no refunds issued on OmniRide pass privileges canceled after March 31.

https://fcs.cornell.edu/content/student-omniride-bus-pass

 

Cornell employees also have TCAT privileges.

https://fcs.cornell.edu/content/expanded-tcat-access-faculty-and-staff

 

Transfers


If more than one bus route is needed to get you to your destination, transfer slips are available at no additional cost. You should request a transfer from the Bus Operator when you pay the fare or use a transfer slip. Riders are allowed up to two transfers to complete their trip. Transfers are good for a continuous one way trip on the day of issue and will only be honored on the next available bus. They will not be accepted on any trip that will return the passenger to the area in which the transfer was originally issued, nor to re-board the same route.

Day or semester pass holders do not need a transfer slip. Simply swipe your card again.

 

Youth Passes


High school students with valid student ID and youth ages 6 to 17 are eligible.
Home-schooled students over 17 years of age should contact TCAT customer service at 277-7433. The Youth Semester Pass is good for unlimited rides each semester on any TCAT bus.

Children

Children five years old and under ride free and must be accompanied by a responsible adult (up to three children per adult).

TCAT Military Personnel Fare Policy


Active Duty Military and Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) students – demonstrating military service either by being dressed in official U.S.-issued military formal or informal uniform and/or with a current military ID – ride free.

 

Half-fare for Senior Citizens, Medicare cardholders and Persons w/ Disabilities


Persons 60 years old or older, medicare cardholders, persons with a disability and those currently receiving SSI, SSD, or disabled veterans benefits are eligible to pay half-fare on the TCAT bus. (This does not apply to Gadabout or ADA paratransit services.) The bus operator may ask for proof of eligibility. Acceptable forms of proof of eligibility are your Medicare card, Senior Citizen’s Discount Card, drivers’ license or your TCAT half-fare identification card (purple card). Click Here for more information.

If you have a disability that prevents you from using the TCAT bus, then you may be eligible for complementary paratransit, a specialized, door-to-door transport service for people who are not able to ride the fixed-route transit system because of a disability. Click here for more information.