Tconnect, an app-based, on-demand and call-in service offered by TCAT with app developer HyperCommute, first launched Aug. 30 to serve riders on Saturdays and Sundays in the northeast part of TCAT’s service area. See Tconnect 77 spring schedule effective Sun., Feb. 7 through Sat., May 29, and includes more coverage in the surrounding area of Lansing Town Hall to include Milton Meadows and Woodsedge Apts.
If you haven’t already, please check out HyperCommute’s apps by clicking either IOS or Android for whichever mobile device you use. If you need assistance using the app, Tconnect staff will be happy to help you out with training. Email us at at firstname.lastname@example.org (place Tconnect app in the subject line) or call (607) 277-9388 ext. 560 and leave a message with your information on how best to contact you.
Instead of using buses and drivers from Gadabout Transportation Services, as it will for the Dryden-centered service, the Tconnect 77 service in the Lansing/Etna area is using smaller 35 foot TCAT buses. TCAT plans to operate this service through February, and depending on ridership, will continue offering it in the future.
Riders are able to download the the HyperCommute app on their iPhones on the App Store or an Android phone on Google Play to subscribe and to schedule rides For those who don’t have a smartphone, rides can be scheduled by calling (607) 277-7433 (RIDE).
Essentially, Tconnect is designed to help rural residents access TCAT’s existing bus service. As mentioned above, it allows users to schedule a trip either on a smaller TCAT as it will for the Lansing/Etna service or for the Dryden service, a Gadabout minibus. Trips can be scheduled using a mobile app or by calling the Tconnect office. The app will provide real-time vehicle location information for both the Gadabout and TCAT buses, assisting users in seamlessly transferring between services.
The goals of this project are to:
- Increase rural access to public transportation
- Reduce transportation barriers in Tompkins County
- Reduce the number of drive alone vehicles coming into Ithaca
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
To see a pre-pandemic press release click here.
To the right/below is an earlier video presentation to give a better understanding of what Tconnect will look like when it is launched in Dryden.
TCAT’s other project partners include Way2Go, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s transportation education program and paratransit provider Gadabout Transportation Services, Inc. The project is being funded with a $260,000 grant from the NYSERDA.