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TCAT Winter/Spring service goes into effect Jan. 17

TCAT’s winter/spring service will be in effect from Sunday, January 17, through Saturday, May 21, and will include improved Route 20 service to the Town of Enfield as well as snow detours for Routes 11, 14, 36, 51, 92 and 93 in the event that some roads on those routes become impassable during inclement weather. In addition, TCAT will now only serve designated stops for Routes 83, 90, 92 and 93, not only on Cornell campus, but also off campus to provide passengers better clarity on where they can catch or depart buses on those routes. At present, TCAT’s Service Development team is embarking on a “What’s a Bus Stop” project to better define bus stops system-wide. Passengers should refer to the printed or online schedules for specific changes. All new schedules and the TCAT Schedules & Service Guide/ Winter & Spring soon will be posted online on TCAT’s home page at www.tcatbus.com. The printed service guide will also be distributed at key TCAT bus shelters, including Green Street Station and Seneca Street Station, in the coming days. Those who wish to have a printed schedule mailed to them can call (607) 277-RIDE (7433) or email TCAT at tcat@tcatmail.com or stop by TCAT’s front desk between 8 am and 5 pm Mon.-Fri. Specific changes are as follows: – ROUTE 20: After working with the Town of Enfield over the past few years and conducting a survey of Route 20 passengers, TCAT is pleased to announce that Route 20 will be extended to the Enfield Highway Department, 475 Enfield Main Road. As a result, there will be timing adjustments on most trips. Before this change, Route 20 only traveled as far as Enfield Town Hall, about a mile north of the highway department. TCAT Operations Manager Nancy Oltz, TCAT Service Development Manager Doug Swarts and TCAT staff worked with the Town of Enfield over the past few years to make the extension a reality and to give Enfield passengers better access to the Route 20. Passengers will no longer have to walk that stretch of Enfield Main Road to catch or depart the bus, which can be difficult as that patch of roadway has no sidewalks. Both Oltz and Swarts thanked the Town of Enfield, especially Town Supervisor Ann Rider and Highway Department Supt. Barry “Buddy” Rollins Sr., for the enormous time and energy they put into the project. Enfield has invested its resources into creating a turn‑around for buses at the Highway Department and is also investing resources into a soon‑to‑be created park‑and‑ride, which will be located across the street from the current park‑and‑ride at Enfield Town Hall, on the east side of Enfield Main Road. TCAT will notify passengers when the new‑and‑improved park‑and‑ride is completed. – ROUTES 11, 14, 36, 51, 92 and 93 Snow Detours: As these routes include roads and streets that occasionally become impassable with severe winter weather, TCAT has created snow detours. When significant snowfall or ice make certain sections of the roads that are deemed impassable, those routes (on a route-by-route basis) will be put on snow detour until conditions improve. To learn if one of these routes is on a snow detour, visit www.tcatbus.com; Facebook: EverythingTCAT or Twitter: TCATrides; or call (607) 277‑7433, ext. 766 (SNO). TCAT, Inc. (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides public transportation for Tompkins County. TCAT’s annual ridership is nearly 4.2 million, covering a distance of about 1.6 million miles. The fleet of approximately 50 buses currently includes 8 hybrid electric-diesel buses. TCAT also offers complementary ADA Paratransit services called Gadabout. For more information about TCAT, please visit www.tcatbus.com or call (607) 277-RIDE. Twitter: TCATrides. Facebook: EverythingTCAT.

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