Ithaca, N.Y. — The TCAT bus service will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday to give the public a glimpse of what it’s like to plan how each type of transit service should run.

TCAT Service Analyst Matt Yarrow and TCAT Service Development Manager Doug Swarts prepared an interactive computer exercise “to gather feedback on what times and frequency TCAT’s bus service should be,” according to a news release.

“Groups will be divided into four to five people, given instructions and a laptop; essentially they will become planners making the tough decisions on providing the best possible service without exceeding the budget,” the news release from TCAT says.

Swarts said the the process would allow TCAT to learn the community’s definition of “local quality of life as it pertains to public transit.”

“We will always add service where needed in response to demand, but it is important to define minimum service levels for all routes. Our resources may be limited, but the public is in the best position to tell us how we should allocate them,” Swarts said.

The meeting will be held at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 24. One meeting was scheduled for last Wednesday, too.

In the release, Gary Cremeens of Cornell University’s Transportation Services said the computer exercise “put me in the driver’s seat in trying to balance a real budget.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.