ITHACA, N.Y.—Because gas prices are rising, transportation providers in Tompkins County have determined some option alternatives to driving personal vehicles.

A program through Cornell Cooperative Extensive, Way2Go, educates individuals about what options are available to them to become more “car light,” as the county’s press release stated.

GO ITHACA is a program offering information and incentives for people interested in trying various alternative transportation methods, including free bus passes, credits for Ithaca Carshare and $50 coupons for walking and biking equipment. More information can be found here.

TCAT is another option — bus fare is $1.50 per single ride (half-fare for youths, seniors and people with disabilities). Annual bus passes allow riders to travel anywhere within the serviced area for a little more than a dollar a day. TCAT also has real-time trip-planning apps, 28 routes across the county and operational hours seven days a week.

Multi-use trails and bike lanes throughout the community also allow for biking as transportation for part or all of a commute.

Ithaca Carshare and rideshare programs like Finger Lakes Ride Share allow individuals to use car transport without necessarily having to own a vehicle.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...