About Broome County
Broome County is located in south-central New York State along the Pennsylvania border. Known as the Valley of Opportunity, it has a rich history of innovation, with such companies as IBM, Endicott-Johnson Shoes, and Singer-Link beginning here. Today, the largest industries are healthcare and social assistance, education, and retail. Broome County is the hub where people from rural areas to the north, east, west and northern Pennsylvania travel for their life needs. The urban core, is where over 150,000 people make their homes in the City of Binghamton, Village of Johnson City, Village of Endicott, and the Town of Vestal. Found here is Binghamton University, which has an enrollment of almost 18,000 students. Binghamton University ranks among the top tier of higher education schools nationally. It has global recognition for its research and academic success
About BC Transit
BC Transit is the public transportation provider for Broome County, NY. BC Transit covers 712 square miles, its buses travel about 2 million miles and provide about 2 million rides annually. BC Transit provides fixed route bus service, the BC Lift ADA dial a ride service, BC Country rural transportation, and the Office for Aging mini-bus for persons who are 60 and over. Broome County Transit strives to make it easier for people to ride through GTFS based trip planning, and bus tracking with the Double Map app. BC Transit connects with customers through Facebook, Twitter and its website. BC Transit continues to develop personalized, working relationships individual riders, employers, and human service providers through its Mobility Management program. For many residents, visitors and organizations, reliable and convenient public transportation is crucial for their life needs.
Our Mission Statement
To provide safe, clean, and affordable public transportation to the community in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.
Mass transit in Broome County officially began in 1868 when the Binghamton and Port Dickinson Railroad Co was chartered by the legislature to provide the first street railway service. The earliest vehicles of mass transit were multi-passenger wagons on rails pulled by horses. Broome County makes its mark in mass transit history with the Washington Street and State Asylum Railroad Company operating the first electric trolley in New York State in 1887. In 1932 our predecessor Triple Cities Traction was the first transit organization to end the use of street railcars and use buses exclusively in a major metropolitan area in New York State. Until December 2005, B.C. Transit continued to circulate tokens that were used by its predecessors the Binghamton Railway Co which existed from 1901 to 1930, and Triple Cities which existed from 1930 to 1968. The Broome County Department of Public Transportation was created in 1968 after Triple Cities Traction, a privately owned company, was unable to sustain the public transportation service due to continued losses of revenue.
Some excellent resources to learn more about the history of public transportation in Broome County are:
- Southern Tier Memories
- Trolleys of the Triple Cities
- Revisiting Broome's Streetcars
- Tour Endicott
- The Roberson Museum & Science Center
- The Broome County Historical Society
- Transit Historical Photos
BC Transit buses and offices are closed on the following holidays
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Data and reports
The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation maintains many historical reports and surveys related to mass transit in Broome County.