TCAT suspends east hill service due to wintry forecast

Bus service in parts of Ithaca has been suspended for Monday evening starting at 9:30 “due to predictions inclement weather,” according to an announcement from TCAT. Affected areas include Eastern Heights and Thurston Avenue.

A TCAT bus. 14850 file photo.

A TCAT bus. 14850 file photo.

Route 93, which serves the Cornell campus and Ithaca’s east hill every evening, will switch to its “snow route” starting at 9:30pm due to wintry weather forecasts that could make road conditions slippery.

The snow route skips the northwest corner of the route, which covers Thurston Avenue and a portion of Stewart and University Avenues, and detours directly from north campus to west campus via University Ave.

The snow route also skips the southeast corner of the route, which goes up Snyder Hill Road and through the Eastern Heights neighborhood.

Route 92 has a similar route that only goes as far southeast as East Hill Plaza. The Route 92 snow route goes into effect at 10pm, skipping the northwest corner of the Route, which covers Thurston Avenue and a portion of Stewart and University Avenues, and detours directly from north campus to west campus via University Ave.

The unexpected service outage could leave area commuters with no way to get home at the end of the day. TCAT communications and marketing manager Patty Poist says, “We try to get info out as early as possible so that people can make arrangements.”

Poist adds, “We are alerting people, who need to go home to Eastern Heights area, to make arrangements to use (earlier) Route 51.”

“We are always sorry to cause any inconvenience, but we do have difficulty in Eastern Heights area during wintry weather,” she says.

If TCAT’s “snow routes” have stranded you with no safe way to get home, today or in the past, we’d like to hear from you. Did you pay for a hotel room? Stay with a friend? Find a ride or call a cab?

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