TCAT Route Changes

02/27/2003

Contributed by Andrejs Ozolins

Effective on or about March 10, TCAT will be changing its service to the Ithaca College campus. Routes 9, 11 and 12 will experience schedule and route changes.

Weekday service on Route 11 between campus and the Commons will return to a 30-minute cycle. TCAT service to College Circle will be discontinued, and daily service on Route 11 for the Towers and for Longview will be offered on an alternating basis each hour.

This change returns the public transportation service to our campus to the same level which was in place before the start of the Fall 2002 semester. Residents considering selection of College Circle for on-campus housing were consistently advised that Ithaca College would not provide separate shuttle service between that housing complex and main campus. However, Ithaca College agreed to work with TCAT to try to provide service to College Circle as part of the existing public transit service to South Hill.

In an attempt to accommodate that request, TCAT extended the service run- time on Route 11 from 30 minutes to 45 minutes in order to include College Circle in the route. This well-meant route extension had a wide variety of unintended negative consequences to a majority of campus and community riders utilizing that bus route. Ridership from College Circle residents has been consistently low since September, necessitating the decision by TCAT to return Route 11 to a route and schedule proven beneficial to the vast majority of its users in and around South Hill.

Revised service maps and schedules will be available from TCAT as soon as possible. Please refer to the TCAT website for the specific changes to these routes and schedules as soon as they are posted ( http://www.tcatbus.com ).

Thank you for your patience in adjusting to this new schedule.

Authors: Carl Sgrecci and Brian McAree

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