Community Rates

Easy Access

This low cost plan is available for low-income Tompkins County residents. 
If you get food stamps/SNAP, free or reduced school lunch, or Family Health Plus, you can be on this plan.

The Easy Access plan is available for permanent residents of Tompkins County with a gross income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, about $1,400/month for a 1 person household, $1,900 for 2 people, $2,440 for 3 people, or $2,940 for 4 people (see this detailed chart for specific annual income levels).  This number includes total household income from wages, self-employment, alimony, child support, SSI or SSDI payments, retirement, and pension. We need proof of income or a document from one of these programs to put you on this plan.

  • Membership: $10/month
  • Hourly Rate: $4.95/hour weekdays, $5.95/hour weekends (Friday 5pm to Sunday 5pm), $2.50/hour late night (11pm-7am)
  • Mileage Rates: Car: $0.30/mile, Van: $0.32/mile, Truck $0.40/mile
  • Each month you get $15 toward driving which can roll-over to future months if unused.
    We charge for both time and distance on each trip.

Special Rates

Late Night Rate
Driving between the hours of 11pm and 7am is half off your regular hourly rate. If your trip crosses 11 pm or 7 am, only the late night hours are cheaper.

Full Day Rate
Most vehicles can be reserved for full days at a reduced rate. Cars in our highest demand locations do not get the full day rate. The full day rate caps hourly charges at 10 hours in any 24 hour period. For trips over 24 hours, additional hourly or daily rates will be added as needed. For example, a 26 hour trip is one day plus 2 hours. Note that if any portion of your trip falls into the weekend time (Friday 5pm to Sunday 5pm) then the weekend day rates apply.
We charge for both time and distance on each trip.

How Payments Work

The night of a trip, your card on file will be charged an estimated amount generated by our system. These estimates calculate your hours, miles and tax, including 8 miles for each hour reserved.  If you drove a different number of miles from what we estimated, the difference will be charged or credited to you with your monthly invoice.  We do invoices in the first week of the month for the previous calendar month. You'll get an email when they're done (or a hard copy in the mail if you ask for it). If you don't have a credit or debit card on file, you must pre-pay for trips.


The average car owner spends $760 per month to finance, fuel, insure, and maintain their vehicle. The average Ithaca Carshare member spends around $100 per month.