ITHACA, N.Y. –– OurBus has announced new intercity bus routes running between Ithaca, Cortland and Syracuse, including a stop at Syracuse University and the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, the latter of which is one of the state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Starting April 4, the company will begin offering the routes departing from downtown Ithaca six days per week. OurBus had already established a Johnson City route to take those interested to the vaccination clinic there, located at SUNY Binghamton, partnering with Tompkins County to provide free rides. The routes to between Syracuse and Ithaca will not be free of charge.

“Right now, our top priority is giving people another travel option to get to the vaccination site,” said OurBus co-founder Axel Hellman. “We all know how essential vaccines are to individual and collective mobility. We will do everything we can to support people in getting vaccinated. As vaccination numbers increase and the pandemic wanes, we know this route will be useful to the broader public who want a car-free way to get around.”

While the route begins with six days per week, the company’s announcement states that it will add a Saturday route at some point soon. Once use of the vaccine distribution site dissipates, one of the Syracuse destinations will be changed to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

On weekdays, the bus will leave from the OurBus stop at East Seneca Street in downtown Ithaca at 9:30 a.m., reaching the State Fairgrounds at 11 a.m. The return trip leaves at 2 p.m. and reaches Ithaca at 3:30 p.m. On Sundays, two round trips will be offered. Buses leave Ithaca at 11:30 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., and start their return trip from the State Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.

OurBus is still adhering to extra safety measures such as social distancing, limited occupancy, mask requirements and hand sanitizer. Additionally, tickets are available for purchase through OurBus.com.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com