ITHACA, N.Y. — With nine new buses, TCAT will officially roll out the second phase of its fall service on Sunday, Oct. 27.

TCAT has nine new 40-foot diesel buses that will help bolster its fleet. In a news release in August, Assistant General Manager Matt Yarrow, who oversees TCAT’s transit development and planning, said having the second fall service period helped them adjust schedules and add more capacity if they see any problems developing in early fall.

The first phase of fall service included new routes for Ithaca College. In addition to the normal Route 11 trips between the college and the Commons, TCAT added a later Route 11N bus with trips until about 1:50 a.m. on weekends. TCAT also added the Route 11S weekend shopper, which brings students directly to Wegmans, Tops and Walmart on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second phase of fall service includes a new Route 83W for more direct service to West Campus previously served by rural routes. The regular Route 83 will continue to serve North Campus, TCAT said.

TCAT would like to note that all routes impacted by the construction project on College Avenue will remain on their existing detour until Dec. 1. At that date, the road is expected to be partially reopened and Route 30, 51, 70 will go back to using College Avenue.

The amended Fall 2019 TCAT schedules will be available online soon and printed copies of the amended ride guides will be available at TCAT bus shelters, including at the Green and Seneca street stations.

Below are details of some of the TCAT route adjustments for the second phase of fall service:

Specifics:

  • Route 10: Route will continue using Stewart Ave. and not serve Collegetown until after the end of the fall service period. Numerous timing adjustments.
  • Route 11:  No changes.
  • Route 11 N:  Until around Dec. 1, route will continue Ithaca Rd., Oak Ave. and Stewart Ave. After that, the Cornell portion of route will travel northbound (outbound) on Stewart Ave. and southbound (inbound) using College Ave. as shown in amended ride guide.
  • Route 11S:  No changes.
  • Route 13:  No changes.
  • Route 14:  No changes.
  • Route 14S: Timing adjustments on inbound and outbound weekday trips.
  • Route 15:  Addition of three afternoon Saturday trips at 2:55 p.m.; 3:55 p.m. and 4:55 p.m.
  • Route 17: Numerous timing adjustments.
  • Route 20: Timing adjustments. Removed service for West Campus that will now be served by the new 83W.
  • Route 21: Timing adjustments. First Sunday a.m. trip moved 10 minutes earlier.
  • Route 30:  Until around Dec. 1, route will continue College Ave detour with outbound service running on Ithaca Rd. to Oak Ave. and inbound service running on Dryden Rd. to Elmwood Ave. to Ithaca Rd.  When College Ave. is partially reopened around Dec. 1, route will go back to using College Ave. as shown in amended schedule. Timing adjustments to Friday trips.  Also, timing adjustments on Green St. Station arrivals.
  • Route 31: Addition of 4:35 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. trips.
  • Route 32:  Route will continue using Ithaca Rd, (366) and Hoy Rd.in both directions and not serve Collegetown until the end of fall service period.
  • Route 36:  Timing adjustments. Removed early inbound trip from Lake St. @ Ithaca High School.
  • Route 37: Timing adjustments. West Campus trips removed as they will now be served by Route 83W.
  • Route 40: Slight timing adjustments.
  • Route 41: No changes.
  • Route 43: Numerous timing adjustments. The 5:08 p.m. trip is no longer express.
  • Route 51:  Until around Dec. 1, route will remain on College Ave. detour with route using Hoy Rd. and Ithaca Rd. in both directions. After that, route will resume using College Ave. as shown in amended ride guide.
  • Route 52:  Timing adjustments.
  • Route 53:  Timing adjustments.
  • Route 65:  Minor timing changes to last trip. Added Saturday service to South Hill Business Park.
  • Route 67:  Timing adjustments.
  • Route 70:  Until around Dec. 1, route will remain on College Ave. detour with outbound service running on Ithaca Rd. to Oak Ave. and inbound service using Dryden Rd to Elmwood Ave to Ithaca Rd. After that, route will resume using College Ave.  as shown in amended ride guide.  Addition of two Sunday evening trips, plus timing adjustments.
  • Route 72:  Will continue using Ithaca Rd.  (366) and Hoy Rd. and not serve Collegetown until after the end of the fall service period. Slight timing changes.
  • Route 74:  Timing adjustments.
  • Route 75:  Timing adjustments.
  • Route 77: No changes.
  • Route 81:  No changes.
  • Route 82:  Significant timing changes throughout the schedule.
  • Route 83:  No changes.
  • Route 83W: New route for more direct service to West Campus.
  • Route 90: No changes
  • Route 92: Minor timing adjustments.
  • Route 93: No changes.

For more information, visit www.tcatbus.com.

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.