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 First 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 (the Cornell commuter route) is $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.
A monthly pass for unlimited travel on Cortland Transit’s fixed routes (excluding Cornell) is $45. A monthly pass that includes the Cornell route is $85.00. Discounts apply.
Monthly passes can be purchased at these Cortland businesses:
Cortland Transit, 21 Squires Street
Daily Grind, 24 Main Street
Daily Grind South, 180 Main Street
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 County Office Building on Central Ave. Cortland Transit utilizes a hail the bus system. Please signal the driver with your hand to stop the bus for a pickup. Passengers on SUNY Cortland campus, please flag the bus down from one of the designated stops: Corey Union, Route 281 bus stop, or Park Center.
Routes 1-4 leave the County Office Building every 45 minutes.
New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Download full bus schedule here .
(Note: As of March 19, 2020, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily disrupted the following routes: Route 7 run will not be running until April 13. The JM Murray runs have also been cancelled until further notice. Please stay tuned for further developments.)
Bus Shelter Locations
While Cortland Transit offers specific bus shelters and bus stops within the community, please note that buses may not automatically stop and often operate on a "hail the bus" basis. This means that you may need to flag the bus driver so the bus will stop to let you board. Bus hailing 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.
Want to learn how to navigate Cortland Transit?
Check out our Bus Buddy Program, which offers one-on-one guidance.
Bus Route Deviation:
Deviations (within 3/4 mile of a fixed route) are available on all routes. On Routes 1 - 4 a deviation can only be requested on the runs leaving at the top of every hour. 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 service that operates in certain parts of the County. You must call MAS to schedule your trip if you are a Medicaid rider (855-733-9397).
If the trip is non-Medicaid you need to call Cortland Transit at least one day in advance. (607-758-3383)
Fares: Minimum fare is $5.00 (one-way); Maximum fare is $6.00 (one-way) for Medicaid riders.
See Dial-a-Ride service map (right). Call First Transit for more detailed availability at (607) 758-3383.
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)