“Once you get into the suburbs and the rural areas, it is a lot harder to live car-free out there,” Fernando de Aragón, director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council,  said. “We need to continue to work and provide more opportunities for people to consider a different way to move around.”

Ithaca Ranked #1 ‘Very Small’ Car-Free City

The news that Ithaca topped the car-free charts was exciting to TCAT’s general manager Scot Vanderpool, who said the metro can attribute its ranking to accessible alternative transportation means: Ithaca Car-Share, the introduction of LimeBikes, the large number of Cornell students walking to and from classes and the TCAT.

Due to route delays and shortages in the number of buses, TCAT has started renting buses from other companies or purchasing used buses to convert into TCAT buses.

TCAT Rents Buses to Cover Fleet Shortage, Stop On-Going Delays

Aging fleet, maintenance staff turnover and state Department of Transportation regulations have left TCAT with dwindling numbers of operational buses in their fleet, leading to delays. In hopes of correcting this, TCAT has begun renting buses from other transportation companies and buying up used buses to fix.

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New TCAT Chair Promises Service Expansions, Technology Revamps

Ducson Nguyen assumed the role of new chair of the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit Board of Directors on Jan. 24. “I joined the rotation [for chair] because I love TCAT,” Nguyen told The Sun. “It is essential to the mission of the City, which is reducing single vehicle usage, cutting down the amount of traffic, improving sustainability [and] allowing for development without having to build extra parking lots.”
The City of Ithaca, Tompkins County and Cornell University serve as the three local underwriters for TCAT. Each underwriter can nominate three people to serve on the nine-person board.

Due to route delays and shortages in the number of buses, TCAT has started renting buses from other companies or purchasing used buses to convert into TCAT buses.

TCAT Readies to Handle Winter Storm Conditions

With winding roads and slippery slopes on campus, Ithaca street conditions can become increasingly risky in the winter. When it’s difficult for students to drive — or even “penguin walk” — to class, the TCAT buses try to take extra precautions to ensure passenger safety.