Cornell's Campus2Campus bus, above, may be getting some competition. Photo courtesy of Cornell.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A new bus company hoping to challenge Cornell’s Campus2Campus bus by providing direct trips between New York City and Ithaca will stop a block away from the Commons.

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The new bus company, the Big Red Bullet, has decided on stopping outside of the Urban Outfitters on Green Street in downtown Ithaca, General Manager Bob Nichols said Thursday.

“It’s a good place: there’s plenty of parking all the way,” Nichols said, noting there are three parking lots almost “within spitting distance” of the station and that it’s also not far from Ithaca College’s campus. “It’s a very central location.”

The Big Red Bullet is eyeing a second stop on Thurston Avenue on Cornell’s North Campus, but this idea hasn’t been finalized. The company’s owners initially wanted to offer a stop near Collegetown Bagels in Collegetown as well, but that idea was abandoned after TCAT expressed concerns about overcrowding at that intersection, Nichols said.

Cornell’s Campus2Campus bus, above, may be getting some competition. Photo courtesy of Cornell.
Cornell’s Campus2Campus bus, above, may be getting some competition. Photo courtesy of Cornell.

It’s also unclear where in New York City the Big Red Bullet will stop.

Nichols said that the Big Red Bullet was hoping to stop at the Cornell Club in Midtown — the same place the C2C bus stops.

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“I’m not sure how Cornell feels about that,” he said, to chuckles. “If that doesn’t work, Bryant Park is only a couple of blocks away.”

Local officials discussed the Big Red Bullet at City Hall on Wednesday night at a meeting of the city’s administration committee.

The Big Red Bullet’s logo
The Big Red Bullet’s logo

“I think this is a great new service, and I hope it will work,” said Common Council member Donna Fleming. “I think it should be convenient for everybody, not just the students.”

Mayor Svante Myrick expressed similar sentiments, saying he thought the new service would prove an asset to the community.

With the city approval process moving swiftly, Nichols said he is expecting the bus service will be operational by mid- to late-September.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a problem there,” he said of the city. “We just need enough time to get the word out so we can fill the buses.”

Nichols added that the Big Red Bullet will also be providing free trips to cancer patients seeking treatment at the hospitals in New York City, a service also currently provided by the C2C.

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Jeff Stein

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