Community Transit System (Ithaca, NY)

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The Community Transit System was a public transit provider that had operated in Ithaca, New York between 1962 and 1975.


The Community Transit system, in 1965 took over operations of the city of Ithaca's public transit system from the Ithaca Railway, a company that had operated in Ithaca since 1887. At the inception of service, Community Transit system inherited a number of Beaver coaches from the previous carrier, operating on four "full-time" routes within the Ithaca city limits. An additional route operated a single morning trip, primarily used to transport students to the Ithaca Boynton Junior High School.

While operating, the Beaver coaches had reached the end of their useful life cycle, and the Community Transit System purchased new buses to begin replacing the fleet.

In 1975, the Community Transit System began the process of changing to Ithaca Transit, under the watch of Bernand Carpenter, then the acting superintendent of Public Works. By 1977, traces of the Community Transit System had vanished altogether.


Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
104, 230 12/1969 GMC TDH-3301 GMC
Toro-Flow II DH478
To Ithaca Transit 104, 230.
119 1977 Flxible 35096-6-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 To Ithaca Transit 119
130 9/1973 GMC TDH-3302N GMC
478 Toro-Flow II
To Ithaca Transit 130.
? 220, 268 Flxible Flxette
  • Unknown dates of purchase or disposition.
  • 19 passenger high floor transit bus.
229 11/1968 GMC TDH-3502 To Ithaca Transit 229
264, 300 1977 Flxible 35096-6-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 To Ithaca Transit 246, 300


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  • 5 (single-trip, serving students)


City of Ithaca and Tompkins County Public Transit Archive; Dwight Mengel, 2011