TCATS comprhensive route improvement plan

TCAT’s reduced summer service will start Sunday, May 23, along with a few permanent changes that will fine-tune the transit agency’s comprehensive route improvement plan that went into effect this past winter.TCAT implemented a new Transit Development Plan on Jan. 17 to offer more streamlined, efficient and convenient routes. Based on passenger feedback since then, TCAT decided to change three routes, the 51 and 93, effective May 23, and the 92, effective this fall.“The overhaul to our route system, which came after two years of intense study and much public input, has been tremendously successful,” said Nancy Oltz, TCAT’s service development manager. “After the new system went into effect, we listened to rider feedback and made some minor changes to better serve our passengers.”Oltz said the Route 51 will go back to traveling down Pine Tree Road and into East Hill Plaza, instead of using Maple Avenue as it had since Jan. 17. TCAT made the change to better accommodate senior citizens living in Ellis Hollow Apartments, she said.The Route 93, which does not operate Sunday service during the summer, will also be changed to travel down Cradit Farm Road and on to Thurston Avenue to better serve riders who have long been accustomed to being picked up at Balch Hall and Risley Hall, Oltz said. The Route 93’s Sunday service will resume Aug. 22.Routes 92 will operate during the week of May 23 – May 29 for senior week. However, the Route 92 will not be in operation Sunday, May 30 through Thursday, August 19. Route 92 also has a routing change which will go into effect Friday, Aug. 20, when fall service resumes. At that time, the route will be changed to travel on Dearborn Road to Wyckoff and Highland Roads to pick up riders who are also long accustomed to waiting there. The Route 92 will also be changed to travel on Thurston Avenue to Wait Avenue by Balch Hall and Risley Hall to also better serve those passengers.Other minor changes to the TDP based on feedback from both riders and bus operators include:Route 14 will travel by way of the Professional Building on its way into Cayuga Medical Center. Route 15 will continue to stop at Wegman’s, but the actual time point will be changed to Tops to prevent the bus from laying over at the Wegman’s passenger shelter, where the roadway is more congested.Route 21 has a slight timing adjustment from Jacksonville Outbound to Aubles. A time stop has been added for Juniper Manor after leaving Aubles Trailer Park at 1:40 p.m.Route 32 will now serve Arrowood Drive/Convenient Care on its way outbound to the airport. The last trip going into Arrowood Drive will be at 3:35 p.m. This will not affect the timing.Route 40 has slight timing adjustments between Varna and Seneca St.Though summer service generally begins Sunday, May 23 and lasts through Aug. 21, some of the current routes and schedules will vary on dates to accommodate departing and arriving students. They are as follows:Route 22 will provide service between Green Street, Cass Park and Taughannock Falls StatePark from Monday, June 28 through Friday, Aug. 20.Route 30 will not be operating on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Sunday, May 23. Weekend service will resume on Saturday, Aug. 21.Route 31 will not run the 10:40 p.m. trip departing from Green Street. The late-night trip will resume Monday, Aug. 23.Route 82 will be reduced to operating every 30 minutes as opposed to 15 minutes. Trips departing Hasbrouck at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour will not operate Sunday, May 23. through Saturday, August 21.Routes 83 will not be operate Monday, May 24 through Thursday, August 19. Route 83 will resume service on Friday, August 20.TCAT, Inc (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides public transportation for Tompkins County and portions of Tioga and Schuyler counties. TCAT transports over 3 million passengers every year covering a distance of more than 1.6 million miles. The fleet of approximately 50 buses currently includes 6 hybrid electric-diesel buses. TCAT also offers complementary ADA Paratransit services called Gadabout. For more information about TCAT, please visit www.tcatbus.com or call (607) 277-RIDE.

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