green street bus stop

TCAT buses will be increasingly joined by intercity bus service providers during their stops outside the Tompkins County Public Library.

TCAT is inviting members of the public to celebrate Transit Awareness Day at an open house on June 18 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the BorgWarner East Community Room in the Tompkins County Public Library. Transit Awareness Day was created by the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA), an annual statewide event held in Albany that draws transit stakeholders from all corners of New York State. The most recent event, held in February, promoted public transit and emphasized the industry’s contributions to the state’s economy.

Several upcoming TCAT projects such as acquiring a greener fleet, modernizing fare collection, and improving connectivity for rural riders are just a few. TCAT general manager Scot Vanderpool, who’s also an NYPTA board member, wants to give the community a chance to see the plans for TCAT’s future.

“With so much on the drawing board, we decided to have our own localized transit day for staff to chat face to face with our riders, our funders and anyone interested in local transit,” Vanderpool said.  In the spirit of NYPTA, the state’s main advocacy organization in Albany, TCAT will discuss how it contributes to the local economy and what it needs to do to ensure that everyone in its service area has access to safe, affordable and reliable transportation, especially low-income populations, Vanderpool said.

TCAT will also be giving updates on their “Strategic Plan 2018-2030”, which it released earlier this year to create a course for improved, integrated and expanded public transportation during the next several years. The plan outlines the long and short term goals for TCAT to be a key driver in meeting several challenges driven by urbanization, technological advances and higher consumer expectations for a reliable network of mobility choices.

Vanderpool said he’s taking the opportunity on June 18 to urge community member to join New Yorkers for Better Public Transit, a coalition of people across New York State calling on Albany to making a greater investment in the state’s public transit systems. RSVP’s are welcome, though, not necessary for Transit Awareness Day by emailing TCAT staff at tcat@tcatmail.

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