Driver shortage means temporary TCAT bus route cuts

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) has announced service cuts to Routes 10, 82, and 17 “until further notice,” with fewer trips for each of those bus routes.

TCAT is temporarily encountering a shortage of drivers,” they told 14850 Today, “a situation that we hope to remedy within the next two weeks.”

According to TCAT, the route schedules are changing as follows:

Route 82: Starting with the 7:00 am trip from A-Lot, route 82 will be operating approximately every 20 minutes instead of every 10 minutes until further notice.

Route 10: The following route 10 trips from Seneca St will not run until further notice: 7:12 am, 7:36 am, 8:00 am, 8:24 am, 8:48 am, 9:12 am, and 9:35 am.

Route 17: Until further notice the following trips won’t run: Inbound from TCAT to downtown (6:38 am, 6:58 am, 7:00am); Outbound from Cornell to TCAT (5:52 pm from E. Hill Plaza, and 6:56 pm and 7:06 pm from Hasbrouck Apts)

The bus service has been recruiting drivers, “and recently hired eight new bus operators who are now in training,” they tell us.

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.

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