TCAT will provide free bus service between downtown and Ithaca College for the community fireworks show on Monday night, July 2. TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) has offered the service for more than a decade, according to Fran Benedict, chair of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual fireworks shows.
TCAT will begin its shuttle service at 6:30 p.m., traveling from the East Green Street shelter near the Tompkins County Public Library. Buses will run every 15 minutes, picking up passengers along the route until 9 p.m. Fireworks begin about 9:45 p.m. Return service will begin immediately following the fireworks and continue through 11:30 p.m.
“Traffic congestion reaches a peak about 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the show,” Benedict said, “so taking the bus is the better way to go, especially with all the construction detours.”
Spectators are urged to take advantage of the free service to avoid the hassle of getting stuck in traffic, hunting for a parking space, or walking to the events. While the bus service is free, passengers are asked to make donations to support the annual community fireworks show.
For more information about the free “fireworks express,” call TCAT at 277-RIDE (7433) or visit www.tcatbus.com via computer. Additional information can be found 24 hours a day at www.communityfireworks.com, the fireworks web site.