Many routes will be modified for the summer, but TCAT will still be operating reduced service to mirror lower demand when summer service starts Sun., May 24, through Sat., Aug. 29.
Ridership fell dramatically to what it was before the coronavirus pandemic escalated state-at-home-directives and closings in mid-March. With restrictions being gradually lifted, ridership is recovering somewhat and is now at about 20 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels. Fall service will go into effect Sun., Aug. 30, with schedules designed for the academic year. Schedules will be announced by the beginning to mid-August.
Click here for the 2020 Summer Schedules & Service Guide. TCAT will not be distributing paper guides on a large scale, but riders who need printed schedules can contact TCAT at (607) 277-RIDE (7433); email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail a request to TCAT, 737 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY, 14850, marked “schedule request.” (Please remember to provide a return mailing address.) As always, TCAT advises riders to check for updates before boarding by using the Bus Tracker or the MyStop or other apps.
For the summer TCAT will continue to extend many routes to seven days a week with some additional trips for urban service. Due to low ridership, the Commons-Cornell route 10 will not operate. Those who need service from the Commons to Cornell are advised to use routes 30; 31; 32 or 51. The summer-only route 22 that usually serves summer camps and state parks will not operate due to pandemic uncertainties. (Also of note: due to construction on College Ave. starting Wed., May 27, TCAT will be unable to serve Collegetown for about a month or until further notice.)
Routes not operating: 10; 11N; 11S; 22; 72; 75; 81; 83; 83W; 90; 92 & 93.
Routes going back into service: 53 & 74
Routes unchanged: 14S
Routes with adjustments: 11; 13; 14; 15; 17; 20; 21; 30; 31; 32; 36; 37; 40; 41; 43; 51; 52; 65; 67; 70; 77 & 82 with some specifics as follows:
Route 11: Added weekday 7:18 a.m. trip leaving Green St. Station. Removed last trip both Sat. and Sun.
Route 13: Timepoint moved from Falls @ Lake to Lake @ Ithaca. Departure times for this stop moved one minute earlier.
Route 14: Added weekday 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. trips from Green St. Station. Added Sat. and Sun. 7 p.m. trip from Green St. Station. Due to Hector St. construction, route will remain on detour likely through mid-June. (See schedule and map on link above.)
Route 14S: No changes. Hector St. construction detour will continue likely through mid-June. (See schedule and map on link above.)
Route 15: Added 7:25 a.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; and 7 p.m. weekday trips from Seneca St. Station. Added Sat. and Sun. 4:30 p.m. trips from Seneca St. Station.
Route 17: Numerous timing adjustments to accommodate other changes on other routes.
Route 20: Timing adjustments on all trips with one weekday trip added. On Sat. and Sun., last outbound trip is drop-off only after Seneca @ Fulton. Hector St. construction detour will continue likely through June. (See schedule and map on link above.)
Route 21: Timing adjustments with three additional weekday trips. Last outbound trip is drop-off only after Seneca @ Fulton. Sat. and Sun. last trip from Green St. Station adjusted to 6:05 p.m.
Route 30: Added weekday 6 a.m.; 7 a.m.; 7:30 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 7 p.m.; and 8 p.m. trips leaving Green St. Station. Added Sat. and Sun. 7 p.m. trip leaving Green St. Station.
Route 31: Added weekday 7:30 a.m. inbound trip leaving Convenient Care.
Route 32: Added 7:26 a.m. inbound trip from Northwood Apts. (Route 32 will operate on weekends instead of route 72.)
Route 36: (Weekday only) Reconfigured with a.m. trips running a loop out on Triphammer Rd. and in on East Shore Dr. Midday trip will run in both directions on Triphammer Rd. PM will travel out on East Shore Dr. and back to downtown via Triphammer Rd., stopping at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Use 77 for weekend service.
Route 37: (Weekday only) Timing adjustments. Added three trips. As the route 36 will be serving Lansing Town Hall, route 37 will turn around at Springbrook Circle on all trips. Use 77 for weekend service.
Route 40: (Weekday only) Added one trip. (Route 43 will serve Groton with 3 weekday trips. On weekends, route 74 will serve Groton instead of route 40.)
Route 41: (Weekday only.) Timing adjustments to match those from previous service periods. Added 1 morning trip.
Route 43: Timing adjustments. Added 4 weekday outbound trips. Last 2 outbound trips after Cornell are drop-off only. Will serve Groton with 3 weekday trips. No changes to weekend.
Route 51: Added weekday 7:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. trips from Seneca St. Station. No changes to weekend.
Route 52: Timing adjustments. Added 1 weekday trip. No changes to weekend.
Route 53: (Weekday only) Returns to service with a.m. and p.m. trips running in opposite directions.
Route 65: Timing adjustments. Added 1 weekday trip. Slight timing changes on weekends.
Route 67: Timing adjustments. Added 1 weekday trip. No changes to weekend.
Route 70: (Weekend only) Added 7:30 a.m. trip from Green St. Station and added 6:21 p.m. trip from Seneca St. Station.
Route 74: (Weekend only) Returns to service with four additional trips.
Route 77: (Weekend only) Timing adjustments for better spacing between trips.
Route 82: (Weekday only) Added 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. trips from A Lot; and added 7:18 a.m. and 7:48 a.m. trips from East Hill Plaza.