TCAT suspends east hill service due to snowy roads on Tuesday

Bus service in parts of Ithaca has been suspended on Tuesday evening “due to 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, has switched to its “snow route” as of 7:50pm on Tuesday due to wintry weather making 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 93 will be on detour for the remainder of the night,” according to TCAT transit supervisor Stuart Douglas. “Our other routes are experiencing delays at this time.” Mr. Douglas did not respond to a request for further details.

TCAT’s unplanned service outage has left some area residents without a clear way to get home on Tuesday evening.

Mixed rain and snow on untreated roads has made for slippery travel in the Ithaca area on Tuesday evening. Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather says, “accumulations should be limited to under two inches, with the highest amounts over higher elevations.” Snow in the Ithaca area is likely to turn to rain after midnight, and temperatures above freezing by early morning should make travel safer.

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