TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Make sure to plan ahead. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, many businesses will be closed or closing early, TCAT buses won’t be running and recycling and trash pickup will be delayed.

Here’s a look at some service disruptions to expect for Thanksgiving.

TCAT will not have service on Thursday, Nov. 28 and service will be modified on Friday, Nov. 29

TCAT will not operate service and administrative offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 28, so that all TCAT employees can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

On Fri., Nov. 29, TCAT routes will operate on a modified schedule. Administrative offices will be open during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Routes 10, 11N, 81, 83,83W, 90, 92 and 93 will not operate.
  • Routes 11, 14, 14S, 36, 37, 40, 41, 52, 53 and 65 will operate as normal.
  • Routes 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 30, 31, 32, 43 (Express), 51, 67 and 82 will operate on adjusted schedules as follows:

Rt. 13: No 8:35 a.m. trip northbound from Seneca St. Station to Shops at Ithaca Mall and no 6:49 a.m. southbound trip from Lake St @ Ithaca High School to Green St. Station.

Rt. 15: No 4:47 p.m. or 5:47 p.m. trips from Seneca St. Station.

Rt. 17: Many trips not in service. Double-check if the route is running with Google Transit or another trip planner.

Rt. 20: No 6:57 a.m. outbound trip from Green St. Station. No 7:25 a.m. inbound from Enfield Highway Department.

Rt. 21: No 6:34 a.m. and 5:03 p.m. outbound trip from Seneca St. Station and no 7 a.m. and no 5:53 p.m. inbound trip from Aubles Trailer Park.

Rt. 30: No late-night “Friday only” 10 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. outbound trips from Green St. Station. Last inbound trip will be at 9:28 p.m. from Shops at Ithaca Mall.

Rt. 31: No 7:05 a.m.; 4:35 p.m.; 5:40 p.m. 9:05 p.m.; 10:10 p.m. outbound trips from Green St. Station. No 8 a.m.; 5:08 p.m.; or 6:13 p.m. inbound trips from Convenient Care.

Rt. 32: No 7:45 a.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.; 10:00 p.m. and 11 p.m. outbound trips from Green St. Station. No 7:12 a.m. or 10:25 p.m. inbound trips from Northwood Apts. and no 8:21 a.m.; 5:11 p.m.; 6:11 p.m.; and 9:33 p.m. inbound trips from Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport.

Rt. 43 (Express): No 6:55 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. outbound trips from Green St. Station and no 7:22 a.m. and 5:08 p.m. inbound trips from TC3/ Dryden.

Rt. 51: No 6:32 a.m. outbound trip from Green St. Station and no 7:05 a.m. inbound trip from East Hill Plaza.

Rt. 67: No 6:36 a.m. outbound trip from Seneca St. Station and no 7:01 a.m. inbound trip from Newfield Central School.

Rt. 82: Only trips operating will be 10:05 a.m.; 11:04 a.m.; 11:59 a.m.; 12:54 p.m.; 1:49 p.m.; 2:44 p.m. 3:39 p.m.; 4:36 p.m.; and 5:33 p.m.

Normal service will resume on Saturday, Nov. 30.

No curbside recycling or trash pickup on Thanksgiving

On Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management will be closed for the holiday. The office will re-open on Monday, Dec. 2.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving but will be open its regular hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30.

There will be no curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, Nov. 28. Collection will be a day late for the remainder of the holiday week. That means if your scheduled pick-up day is Thursday, recycling will be picked up on Friday. If your pick-up day is normally Friday, collection will take place on Saturday.

In the City of Ithaca, there will also be no trash pickup on Thanksgiving. Like recycling, trash pickup will be delayed a day due to the holiday.

Also, the city is reminding residents that this is the final week for curbside yard waste collection. Yard waste pick-up occurs on the same day as trash collection, on the weeks opposite of recycling pick-up, and runs from April 1 to  Nov. 30 every year.

Not sure what day trash collection falls on? Use the Resident Services Search Tool.

Tompkins County Public Library, city offices will be closed

The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will remain closed Thursday and Friday. It will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Library’s online educational and entertainment resources, including OverDrive’s free eBook and audiobook service, RBdigital online magazines, and TumbleBooks for children, are always available by logging on to the Library’s website at

For more information about TCPL’s hours of operation, visit

Ithaca City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Offices will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2.

Kelsey O'Connor

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