OMSI 2 buses in Cayuga USA map
OMSI 2 buses in Cayuga USA map

This is more of an update post to show what I’ve been working on. We all know the base routes of Cayuga USA Right? If not’ here’s the list:

  • CANTA:
    • Local: 12, 14, 16, 17, 21, 30, 31, 34, 35, 39, 40, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 54, 61, 64, 65, 68, 103
    • Highway/Express 102, 105, 106, 107, 124, 125, 150,
    • Special Service and Direct: 301, 302, 304, 310, 311, 314, 316
    • Airport: 801, 803
  • GREAT
    • 201, 203, 204, 207, 208
  • LATS
    • A, B, C, D, E
  • KTA
    • 402, 419, 450, 452

But what about routes like the 147 that existed in older versions of Cayuga USA? Ever wanted to drive them again but didn’t have the patience to maintain older versions of the map of yourself? Well say hello to the Era’s update! This version will be the biggest version of Cayuga USA YET with THREE DIFFERENT ERAS and even more routes.

New Routes in Cayuga USA

Cayuga USA 0.8 28th Street Southbound (from Vine Street)

First we introduce the new routes that will be in all eras

  • CANTA
    • Route 3 Crosstown service along City Avenue from 54th to 5th Streets
    • Route 4 service along Broad Street from Broad-Oregon to Fern Rock Transit Center. Broad Street mostly in place of 14th Street.
    • Route 16 alternate service along Broad Street from City Hall to Arrott Transit Center. Broad Street mostly in place of 14th Street.
    • Route 52 Service along 52nd Street from City Avenue to Baltimore Avenue
    • Route 305 New Airport Direct service via 52nd Street and Baltimore Avenue
  • KTA
    • Route 401 Berlin Service from Cayuga City

Some more universal changes include some route renumbering. These changes will effect “current era” the most.

  • CANTA
    • Route 16 will become Route 28, and be re-routed to operate on east University Avenue and 6th Street.
      • This will reduce redundancy with current 10th Street service, which is completely oversaturated
      • This change will only affect current era and route redesign era.
    • Routes 801 and 803 will become routes 312 and 313, to better fit with current CANTA route numbering.

Route Beginnings Era

Now we introduce the “eras” service. First up is the “Route Beginnings” Era, which consists of all the routes in their original forms. All of these so-called Origins routes will be the routes in their pre “Cayuga 0.6” forms. This era runs until September 4th, 2016 which was the original release date of Cayuga USA 0.5

These routes will not operate at all:

  • CANTA
    • 3, 12, 14, 28, 21, 92, 94
  • GREAT
    • 207
    • LATS
    • A, B, C, D, E,

In their place, these changes will be made

  • CANTA
    • Route 30 will revert to its original crosstown routing from Front-Market to 30th St. Station via Market Street
    • Route 31 will use its original “via Market” Routing between 32nd and 46th Street
    • Routes 34 and 35 will revert to their original via Central Busway routings, and terminate at Front-Market
    • Route 54 will operate instead of route 3
    • Route 62 will return, operating via 19th St to 20th-Johnston
    • Route 139 will actually take over it’s namesake road, “Route 139” and operate from Austin-Madison to Collins TC operating via Roosevelt Blvd
    • Route 147 returns and operates between Fern Rock and Austin-Madison
  • GREAT
    • Route 201 will be truncated to start/end at Greenville Metro Station, the original site of the Greenville Transit Hub.
    • Route 202 will operate from Greenville High School to Montgomery Transit Center via Downtown Greenville
    • Route 204 will operate from Springfield Mall to Montgomery Transit Center via Downtown Greenville
  • KTA
    • Routes 401 and 402 will terminate at Keystone Union Station
    • Route 403 will operate exclusively into Cayuga City, operating to 30th Street Station via Market Street (Limited Stops)
  • LATS
    • Route 214 will operate its original routing up to Barnes Estates then down to National Park
    • Route 215 will operate its original routing to Keswick then National Park
    • Route 216 will operate its original routing up to Barnes Estates then down to National Park
    • Route 217 will operate its original routing to Darradale Community College, but detour over to Elmyra Street (bypassing Tremont P/R
    • Route 218 will operate it’s original routing to Tremont P/R
    • Route 219 will operate the routing of current route F.

Current Era

All the CANTA, LATS, GREAT, and KTA Routes will operate as they do now. No changes will be made versus the last release of the map outside of the new routes added.

Route Redesign Era

RTS at Roxanne Transportation Center

Like trending in most US transit agencies, see here or see here, we’re going to have an era where most Cayuga USA routes get simplified. A lot of CANTA routes will end up discontinued in this era but even more new routes will come to pass. Also in this era, CANTA takes over GREAT operations. Most of the non-transitway corridors served by multiple routes (like 40th St, West Market Street, , will be simplified to only have 1 local route.

This routes will be discontinued completely:

  • CANTA
    • 12, 16, 21, 30, 40, 43, 301, 302, 319
  • GREAT
    • 201, 203, 204, 207, 208

And these routes will be changed:

  • CANTA
    • Route 10 Extended from 63rd-Malvern to 69th Street Transit Center via 63rd and Market Streets
    • Route 31Rerouted to operate via Market Street until 63rd Street
    • Route 39Truncated service operating from 28th-West to 40th-Baltimore
    • Route 48Extended from 26th-City to Wayne Junction
    • Route 49Truncated service operating from 20th-Dauphin to 40th-Baltimore
    • Route 52Extended from 40th-Baltimore to 20th-Johnston
    • Route 54Truncated service operating from Arrott Transit Center to Keystone City service.
    • Route 61Truncated service operating from 26th-City to Montgomery Transit Center
    • Route 65Extended from 28th-West to Fern Rock via West Busway and Dauphin Street
    • Route 103Renumbered to 13 to fit in more with the current CANTA numbering system.
  • GREAT
    • GREAT Service will be merged into CANTA operations. See the new 90 series routes below

The following new routes will come. Routes 90-95 are reserved for Greenville Area routes

  • New Cayuga City Routes
    • Route 12 – 30th St Station to 50th-West via Church St, 36th St, West Busway
    • Route 15 – Supplemental service on South Buselton Av between Arrott Transit Center and Austin-Madison.
    • Route 19 – Fern Rock TC to Front-Market via 10th and Market Streets
  • New Greenville Routes (Replacing GREAT Service):
    • Route 90 – Greenville High School to Downtown Greenville via Circle North
    • Route 91 – 26th-City to Ardmore and Darradale Community College via Downtown Greenville
    • Route 93 – Springfield Mall to Greenville Metro Station via Downtown
    • Route 95 – {former route 208)
  • Direct Routes:
    • Route 301 – Central Direct via Central Busway – Arrott TC to 30th St Station via Market Street
    • Route 302 – Airport Direct – Arrott TC to Airport via Central Busway and I-95
    • Route 303 – Airport Direct – 69th St TC NORTH to Airport via Market Street, 52nd Street, and Oregon Avenue
    • Route 306 – Airport Direct – 5th-Market to Airport via I-95

With all these eras, and all these new routes, I bet you’re wondering: okay but how far along is this? Well below is the progress of the map, and I will update this as time goes on.

Cayuga USA July 2023
Cayuga USA July 2023
  • Scenery
    • 70% Adding/correcting scenery along Market Street
    • 90% Adding scenery along 52nd Street
    • 10% Adding Scenery along Belmont/Ardmore Road (The road leading to Springfield from City Line West)
    • 0% Laying groundwork for Berlin, Keystone City
  • Helpers
    • 100% Adding arrows for route 3
    • Adding arrows for route 4
    • Adding arrows on route 16
    • Replacing old route 16 arrows with route 28 arrows.
    • 100% Adding arrows for route 52
    • 50% Adding arrows for route 305
    • 45% Adding arrows for route 401
    • 7% Adding arrows for “Origins era routes”
      • 50% Route 30
      • 45% Route 34
      • 10% Route 35
      • 0% Route 62
      • 30% Route 147
      • 0% Route 139
      • 0% Route 201
      • 0% Route 202
      • 0% Route 204
      • 0% Route 214
      • 0% Route 215
      • 0% Route 216
      • 0% Route 217
      • 0% Route 218
      • 0% Route 219
      • 0% Route 403
    • 22% Adding arrows for “Redesign era routes”
      • 90% Route 10
      • 65% Route 12
      • 0% Route 13
      • 0% Route 16
      • 93% Route 19
      • 0% Route 31
      • 90% Route 39
      • 9% Route 48
      • 0% Route 49
      • 0% Route 54
      • 0% Route 61
      • 100% Route 65
      • 0% Route 90
      • 0% Route 91
      • 0% Route 93
      • 0% Route 95
      • 1% Route 301
      • 0% Route 302
      • 1% Route 303
      • 0% Route 306

Bookmark this post because I will be updating it often. As of right now my estimated completion date for this map update would be September 4th, 2024, but that could change to sooner with support and motivation. We talk about it more in the discord server.

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I have been with Virtual Transit Center since it's conception as the "Dash Forums" back in 2008. Since then, I have been writing and doing YouTube side by side, focusing both on Transportation and Gaming. Most of my knowledge comes from SEPTA as I lived in Philadelphia for most of my life. As of 2021, I am on YouTube as DashTransit, Dash5155, and TheDashOfficial.

As for the name DashTransit itself, it actually stems from my YouTube channel.

DashTransit was originally called "njt5329" and the channel was just clips of buses. Mostly SEPTA and NJT. A Fujifilm Finepix was used in this era.

Starting in July 2011, the Canon SX130IS camera became the camera of the channel, bringing HD documentary-style videos much like my buddy (trainman1971) did for DVD for many years past. This is when the channel became known as "Transit Action Series"

In May 2012, the original Canon SX130IS retired, and then all videos were recorded off a mobile phone until eventually uploaded proved too difficult due to hardships IRL

Starting in 2017, I used a Canon SX200IS from Bastranz to reboot the channel that otherwise was dead for a whole year prior.

Between April 19th, 2019, and January 21st, 2021, all videos were recorded by a Canon SX710 HS camera. The channel was renamed DashTransit 4/19/19.

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