Our Public Transit System
Cortland Transit currently operates seven fixed routes and a Dial-A-Ride service. Routes 1 through 4 are offered every 45-minutes between 6am and 6pm Monday through Friday. For more, view our maps and schedules. Schedules are also available in our bus shelters or in print at the Cortland Transit office on 21 Squires Street. You can directly call Cortland Transit at (607) 758-3383.
Standard bus fare:
Routes 1-4: $1.50
Routes 5, 6, 8-15: $2.00
Route 7: $5.00.
Cortland Transit offers half-price discounts to seniors (60+ with ID), youth (grades K-12) and those persons with disabilities who have applied for and received a half-price discount card. Children who are 5 years old and younger can ride free. There is a limit of 3 children per adult.
Riders can transfer to another Cortland Transit bus to get to their destination without paying an additional fare.
Riders are able to transfer-free to all routes, except Route 7. Riders from Route 7 can transfer-free to any other bus.
A monthly pass for unlimited travel on Cortland Transit’s fixed routes (excluding Route 7) is $45. A monthly pass that includes Route 7 is $85.00. Discounts apply.
Monthly passes can be purchased at these Cortland businesses:
Access to Independence, 26 N. Main Street
Catholic Charities, 33-35 Central Avenue
Cortland Transit, 21 Squires Street
P&C Fresh, 160 Clinton Avenue
SUNY Cortland Campus Store, 15 Neubig Road
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Exact fare is required to board the bus, or use a monthly pass or token.
Bus Fares, Discounts and Monthly Passes:
Schedules and Maps:
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 6am-6pm
Buses depart from the Cortland County Office Building on 60 Central Ave. Buses utilize flag stops. Signal the driver to stop by flagging (waving) your hand to alert the driver to stop for pickup.
Routes 1-4 Operate on 45-minute Intervals
Buses leave the Cortland County Office Building at 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:30am, 8:15am, 9:00am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, and 5:15pm. Travelers can estimate the time bus will come to desired stop within these 45-minute intervals.
New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Bus Shelter Locations
While Cortland Transit offers specific bus shelters and bus stops within the community, please note that buses will not automatically stop and operate on a flag down system. This means that you may need to flag (wave) the bus driver so the bus will stop to let you board. Flagging can occur at any time, not just at these specific shelter or stop locations.
West Side of County Office Building
East Side of County Office Building
Cortland Housing Authority – 42 Church Street
Cortland Housing Authority – 51 Port Watson Street (Church Street Side)
McGraw Community Center – 15 Clinton Street
McGraw Senior Housing - 5 South Street
JM Murray –823 NYS Route 13, Cortlandville
JM Murray Employment Connection – 4059 West Road (Route 281)
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Boarding the Bus
All buses are wheelchair accessible. Riders should wait for other passengers to exit before boarding. The front seats near the driver should be reserved for those persons with disabilities.
Carry-ons, strollers, walkers, and carts are allowed on the bus, as long as they do not block the aisle, and they are secured so that if the bus driver must stop quickly, they will not fly forward.
No smoking is allowed on the bus or in a bus shelter. Please, no eating or drinking (except for water) on the bus.
Small cats and dogs in enclosed carriers are allowed for vet appointments only. No other animals except for service animals allowed.
All of the fixed routes leave from the County Office Building which is located at 60 Central Avenue. Anywhere along the route (Routes1-6 only) you can alert the driver to stop by flagging (waving) to the driver. The driver will stop in the nearest safe place.
Exiting the Bus
Request your stop by telling the driver, or pulling the cord, about a block in advance. Do not cross in front of the bus. Wait until the bus has departed before crossing the street
Take your seat as quickly as possible.
Never change seats while the bus is moving.
Never cross the street in front of a bus; oncoming traffic may not stop.
Refrain from engaging in unnecessary conversation with the driver.
Bus Route Deviation:
Deviations (within 3/4 mile of a fixed route) are available on all routes by notifying the driver when barding the bus. For pickups call 607-758-3383 in advance.
Deviation charges are double the regular fare.
Deviation charges also apply to monthly pass users.
Dial-a-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service operated by Cortland Transit. Residents wishing to access the service must schedule a ride at least 2 business days in advance.
The service is currently available from 8am-5pm.
If you are late by more than 3 minutes, the driver will leave. To schedule or cancel a Dial-A-Ride, please call Cortland Transit at 607-758-3383.
You must call MAS to schedule your trip if you are a Medicaid rider (855-733-9397).
Fares: Minimum fare is $5.00 and maximum fare is $6.00, one-way. Reduced fares apply with half-fare card.
Flex Routes are routes that may change daily.
Note: You MUST call Cortland Transit at 607-758-3383 before using the flex routes.
All morning Flex Routes:
Start at the County Office Building between 5:30am and 7:30am
End at the JM Murray between 7:30am and 9am
All afternoon Flex Routes:
Start at the JM Murray Center between 1:45pm and 2pm
End at the County Office Building between 3pm and 4:30pm
Fare: Normal fee ($2 regular, $1 senior, child, person with a disability)