Bus & Commuting
Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., usually referred to as TCAT, is a private, non-profit public transportation operator managed jointly by Cornell University, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca.
Cornell offers employees and students partially- or fully-subsidized bus passes. Your bus pass is your Cornell ID Card.
Major Routes of Interest
No buses are in service from 1:30am - 4:00am
10 - Get downtown and circulate around campus
32 - Becomes 15/17 (15 goes to Wegmans)
15 - Southside Shopper
32 - Airport route
30 - Ithaca mall
These routes only serve the Cornell campus
82, 83, 81, all 90's
Staff & Faculty Bus Transportation
Getting to Work
Eligible Cornell employees, retirees, and affiliates can receive fully-subsidized ride privileges on TCAT buses within TCAT zone one, Monday- Friday. The number of eligible riders was approximately 15,000 in December 2013 (10,000 of whom were faculty and staff).
All new employees receive consultation during onboarding about regional transportation services and Cornell sustainable transportation discounts.
Getting Around Campus
Use the #82, or other bus lines on campus, to get around Cornell while you work.
I want to ride the bus, but what if I need to get home or to a sick child quickly?
Cornell has you covered with Emergency Ride. If a personal emergency arises during the workday and you need to get to your car, home, or to a sick child, call 607-255-4600. We’ll get you where you need to go from 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Please note that this service is available only when the university is open and operating normally and is not for weather-related closings or emergencies, unscheduled overtime, or appointments.
Student Bus Transportation
New students receive a fully-subsidized bus pass for their first year at Cornell. Take the bus anywhere, anytime, any day of the week.
Any Cornell student can ride the bus for free after 6:00pm and on weekends using their Cornell ID card.
After the first year, all students are eligible to purchase deeply discounted bus passes - you can save 50% or more!
Who receives a fully-subsidized bus pass?
All students new to their program of study at Cornell. This includes first year undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students in the first year of their program, and transfer students in their first year at Cornell.
Expires August 31st for Fall entrants
Expires December 31st for Spring entrants
See if you qualify: New student bus passes
How We Incentivize Alternative Transportation
Employee Onboarding Consultation
Since 2011, all new employees receive consultation during onboarding to discuss their transportation options, including the OmniRide program, biking & walking, and carpooling & ridesharing.
Transportation staff are able to provide new staff members with an objective view of the various travel options and information about incentives to encourage the use of alternative commuting methods before employees make a commuting decision. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
Campus to Campus Bus
Bus between New York City and Cornell Ithaca Campus
The Campus to Campus (C2C) bus launched in 2004 and provides an express connection between the Cornell Ithaca Campus and its network in New York City. Cornell launched C2C with a goal of providing a low-carbon, alternative transportation option to cut down on single occupancy vehicle trips between Upstate New York and the City, and to make business travel between the two areas easier for travelers.
A new, more fuel-efficient bus was added to the fleet in November 2013. The bus has better emissions control to help keep the air cleaner and has an increased fuel efficiency of 6.4mpg, greater than the typical 5.8 mpg of large buses. The bus is equipped with a reverse osmosis water system, eliminating the need for bottled water.
Free parking in B-lot and free rides to Weill Cornell Medical College are available for cancer patients.
Why take the C2C Bus?
C2C operates seven days a week year-round (except holidays) with several trips per day
Ample work room and reliable on-board internet service
Clean, fresh water and delicious snacks – free of charge
Recycling and trash on board
Clean bathroom on board
By taking the bus instead of driving a single-passenger vehicle, you are reducing the carbon impact of your travel by about 352 pounds per round-trip.