Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit – TCAT

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, also known as Tompkins TCAT, is a private, non-profit public transportation operator, created by Cornell University, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca. Tompkins TCAT operates transit service from Ithaca Mall, Ithaca Commons, and Cornell University to many destinations across the region.  

Routes

Thirty-four bus routes comprise the TCAT system. Routes are identified by number and are usually indicated on a marquee at the front of the bus, and sometimes on the side as well. TCAT’s main hub is Green Street Station, near Ithaca Commons, a two-block pedestrian mall in downtown Ithaca. Most non-South Hill routes run through the Cornell University campus as; East Avenue near Tower Road is considered a secondary hub.

 

  • Route 10 Cornell – Commons Shuttle
  • Route 11 Ithaca College – Commons
  • Route 11N Night Service – Ithaca College – Commons – Collegetown
  • Route 11S Ithaca College – Commons Southside Shopping
  • Route 13 Commons – Fall Creek
  • Route 13S Fall Creek – Shopping
  • Route 14 Cayuga Medical Center – West Hill – Commons
  • Route 14S West Hill – Shopping
  • Route 15 Southside Shopping – Commons
  • Route 17 TCAT – Fall Creek – Commons
  • Route 20 Enfield – Commons
  • Route 21 Trumansburg – Jacksonville – Commons – Cornell
  • Route 22 Summer Special – Taughannock Falls, Cass Park, Stweart Park, Buttermilk Falls – Commons
  • Route 30 Shops at Ithaca Mall – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 31 Convenient Care – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 32 Airport – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 36 South Lansing – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 37 North Lansing – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 40 Groton – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 41 Demand and Response (DAR) Service: Etna – Cornell
  • Route 43 Groton – Freeville – Dryden – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 51 Eastern Heights – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 52 Caroline – Brookktondale – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 53 Brooktondale – Varna – Cornell – Commons
  • Route 65 Danby – Commons
  • Route 67 Newfield – Commons – Cornell
  • Route 70 The Shops at Ithaca Mall – Cornell – Commons (Weekend Service)
  • Route 72 Airport – Cornell – Commons (Weekend Service)
  • Route 77 CONNECT Service: Mall – Warren Road
  • Route 81 A Lot to B Lot via Central Campus
  • Route 82 Hasbrouck to East Hill Plaza via Central Campus
  • Route 83 North Campus to West Campus via Central Campus (No Summer Service)
  • Route 84 Campus Circulator (Summer Only)
  • Route 90 Commons to North Campus via C-Town and Central Campus
  • Route 92 North Campus, West Campus, Central and Vet, C-Town and East Hill Plaza (Summer Only)
  • Route 93 North Campus, West Campus, Central, C-Town, East Hill Plaza, Snyder Hill Rd. and Slaterville Rd. via Honess Lane

Bus Fleet

The bus fleet compiles 54 buses mostly 40 feet long, with a few cutaway buses. The first two digits of the fleet number represent the last two digits of the year the vehicle was built. In the case of buses built between 2000 and 2009, only the first digit represents the year it was built. For example, 601 would be built in 2006, and 901 would be built in 2009. Following this, it’s clear that 1101 would be a 2011 model.

YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionFleet Numbers
2006-
2011
Gillig Low FloorIMG_0076.jpgEngine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison B400R-5
601-608, 901-904, 1104-1106, 1108, 1109, 1118
2006-
2011
Gillig Low Floor
HEV
Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison Ep40
 613-615, 701-703, 1102, 1103*
2011Orion 7.501
“VII 3rd
Generation”
IMG_0158.jpgEngine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison B400R-5
1110-1116*
2014Chevrolet/
ARBOC
Cutaway
Snapshot_-_20.jpgChevrolet C500 Chassis1402, 1403
2015-
2016
Gillig Low FloorIMG_0152.jpgEngine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1501, 1502, 1601-1605
2018Gillig Low FloorIMG_0095.jpgEngine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1801-1811
2019New Flyer XD40 121614614_2754222421565745_8078541472624645742_o.jpgEngine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1901-1909
2019IC Bus/
Champion
Cutaway
Champion Defender Body1910-1912
Tompkins TCAT Bus Roster as of January 23rd, 2021

Notes:


*615, 1115, 2517, an un-numbered ex-RTS Gillig Low Floor, and an un-numbered ex-Centro D40LF all sit inactive at the Garage, awaiting parts/retirement.