Citing “traffic volume and construction delays,” TCAT has suspended bus service in central Collegetown, detouring several routes around the congested neighborhood. The change is “effective immediately” and “until further notice.”
Instead of using College Avenue, TCAT routes 10, 30, 32, and 51 in both directions will be using Stewart Avenue. Bus stops at College Avenue and Mitchell Street are being relocated to the corner of East State Street and Stewart Avenue. Stops at Cornell’s Schwartz Center and Anabel Taylor Hall will be relocated to Sage Hall. Stops at Stella’s (which closed last year) and Carpenter Hall will be relocated to Statler Hall.
Several buses and trucks were stuck in gridlock on College Avenue on Thursday morning, as drivers tried to get around delivery vehicles and construction sites that have clogged the neighborhood’s streets for weeks. The resulting traffic jam stopped traffic flow for quite a while.
Routes 13 and 36 have already been detoured this summer due to the closure of the Lake Street Bridge near Ithaca Falls, and TCAT has also made some reductions to service for the summer.
TCAT is a non-profit corporation established as a joint effort by Cornell University, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca to provide public transportation for Tompkins County. Annual ridership on the fleet of about fifty buses, including eight hybrid electric-diesel buses, is nearly 4.3 million, covering a distance of 1.6 million miles, TCAT said last summer.
There is no TCAT bus service this coming Monday, May 30th, on the Memorial Day holiday.