First Transit Operations in the Southern Tier

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Locale Elmira, New York, Southern Tier
Service type Bus Service
Operator First Transit
Website Official Website (CTran Elmira)

First Transit operates several bus systems in the Southern Tier region of New York under contract. Many of these systems are medium-sized bus systems, operating within certain city, village, or county borders. With the exception of CTran Elmira (which runs daily), all systems operate Monday through Saturday


CTran operates as a regional public transportation provider for the citizens and visitors of the City of Elmira, New York and its surrounding area. Previously known as the Chemung County Transportation System (CCTS), Chemung County adopted the name change to CTran in 2012. Most of the CTran routes operate once hourly throughout the day on weekdays, with limited service on Saturdays and Sundays. Operation of the system is managed by contract with First Transit, Inc., the same agency that also operates the Corning-Erwin Area Transit System (CEATS) and the Steuben County Transit System.

The majority of routes connect at a transfer center located on Railroad Avenue in Elmira.[1]

List of CTran Routes[edit]

Route Terminals Notes Streets traveled
Transportation Center
Loop Southtown Loop
  • Runs in a clockwise loop in Southport
  • Serves Southtown Plaza and Elmira High School
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • Maple Avenue, NYS 427, Robert Street, South Main Street, West Miller Street
Loop Bulkhead Loop
  • Runs in a clockwise loop
  • Serves Park Terrace and Flannery Apartments on request only
  • Serves Southtown Plaza
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, Broadway Street
Loop Hospital Loop
  • Runs in a clockwise loop
  • Formerly two routes: Arnot Ogden Medical Loop, and St. Joseph's Hospital Loop
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • West Clinton Street, Davis Street, Woodlawn Avenue, Sullivan Street, East Church Street
West Elmira
West Water Street & York Street
  • Formerly 5-Golden Glow; service renamed when service to Golden Glow neighborhood cut
  • Service East of Railroad Avenue began (date)
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • West Church Street (WB), Church Street (EB)
Hanover Square
  • Runs in a counterclockwise loop in Horseheads
  • Serves Bethany Village on request only
  • Serves Grand Central Plaza
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • Madison Avenue, Lake Road, South Main Street
Arnot Mall Shuttle Loop Loop
  • Special 50 cent fare (25 cent for seniors)
  • Runs in a Counterclokwise Loop
  • Runs Daily
  • Big Flats Road
Transportation Center
Arnot Mall Door 4
  • Some early morning and evening trips serve Consumer Square and Southern Tier Crossing
  • Serves Grand Central Plaza
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
  • Additional service between Elmira and Arnot Mall is available on route 9
  • Evening service available on Route 9 from Arnot Mall and Grand Central Plaza
  • Grand Central Avenue
  • Some early morning and evening trips serve Consumer Square and Southern Tier Crossing
  • Evening trips serves Grand Central Plaza
  • College Avenue, Colonial Drive
Loop Owego
Tioga County HHS
  • Runs Monday-Friday
  • Special Commuter Fare ($3.00 between Elmira and Waverly or Sayre and Owego; $6.00 for any trip not ending in Sayre).
  • Only Interstate route in system
  • Operates via Sayre, PA
  • Route terminated in Waverly; service extended when Ride Tioga bus service was discontinued
  • Partially funded by Tioga County
  • One trip terminates in Sayre, and runs express between Elmira and Waverly
  • Maple Avenue, NYS 427, Southern Tier Expressway, Cayuta Avenue, NYS 17C
  • Southside Loop (evening and Sunday route)
  • Wellsburg - Waverly
  • Pine City
  • Elmira - Corning Community College
  • Spencer - Van Etten

Special regional routes[edit]

Limited service hours on these routes

  • Schuyler County (Watkins Glen to Cornell University, Ithaca)
  • Chemung County - Route 1 (Route 13 to Cornell University, Ithaca)

Corning-Erwin Area Transit System[edit]

  • Northside
  • Southside
  • Cooper Plains / Gang Mills / Painted Post
  • Corning Community College
  • East Corning / Gibson
  • Corning Museum of Glass Shuttle

Steuben County Transit System[edit]

  • Village of Bath
  • Hammondsport
  • Bath - Corning

See also[edit]

Local municipalities[edit]

Neighboring transit agencies[edit]


External links[edit]