The following is a republished press release from Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit and NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. Click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact me at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com.

TCAT’s Winter/Spring service will be in effect from Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, through Sat., May 20, 2017.

Passengers should refer to online or printed schedules for specific changes to make sure that they are at their bus stops on time. The TCAT Winter/Spring Schedules & Service Guide 2017 is now available online at www.tcatbus.com. The printed version will be available in the coming days at TCAT bus shelters, including Green Street Station and Seneca Street Station. Those who wish to have printed schedule mailed to them can call (607) 277-RIDE (7433) or email TCAT at tcat@tcatmail.com, or stop by the front desk at TCAT, 737 Willow Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

So what’s new? Routes 13 and 31 will now serve designated stops only as part of TCAT’s ongoing “designated bus stop” project to better clarify bus stop locations for both passengers and bus operators. TCAT is installing temporary bus stop signs and expects to provide permanent signage later this year as the project moves toward completion. Of TCAT’s 33 routes, 14 already serve designated stops only, including Routes 10, 11, 15, 30, 32, 51, 70 (weekend), 72 (weekend), 81, 82, 83, 90, 92 and 93.  Additionally, all routes serve designated stops only around the Ithaca Commons loop; Collegetown; Lower Collegetown/ East Hill neighborhood; and both Cornell University and Ithaca College campuses.

To improve reliability and on-time performance, TCAT’s service development and operations teams, based on feedback from customers, dispatchers, transit supervisors and bus operators, made a number of timing changes and/ or trip adjustments on 25 routes to include: Routes 10; 11; 14; 15; 17; 20; 21; 30; 31; 32; 36; 37; 40; 43; 52; 65; 67; 70; 72; 74; 81; 82; 83; 90 and 92. (Please note: Route 17 is not in the printed guide, but is available on TCAT’s website.)

Of note: TCAT adjusted timings for better performance on its heavily used Route 30 and Route 10; added three Saturday afternoon trips to its Route 15“Southside Shopper” service to alleviate overcrowding. Due to low ridership, TCAT eliminated one early morning trip on Routes 52 and one morning trip on Route 65. Evening and late-night Route 11 trips no longer interline (offer one-seat rides) via Route 90 to Collegetown and Cornell, but will offer half-hour night service Monday through Saturday. For service between Ithaca College and both Collegetown and Cornell, passengers need to transfer to Route 90 at Seneca St. Station or Green St. Station. Route 90 no longer interlines (offer one-seat rides) via Route 11 to Ithaca College. Passengers need to transfer to Route 11 at Green St. Station for service to Ithaca College.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.