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TCAT Changes

From Jennifer Dotson:

There is new information about upcoming proposed TCAT changes: rural fare increase (similar to the former “zone” system) and some fairly minor route cuts affecting routes 14 (West Hill), 52 (Newark Valley), 53/54 (outer Varna/Turkey Hill area), and 68 (southern Elmira Rd “strip” area). They are accompanied by other financial tightening, of course. See the complete information on the TCAT website.

Public input sessions are scheduled throughout October (see listings below), culminating in a hearing on Nov. 3 at the public library, 5:00-6:30, and a vote at the Dec. 1 TCAT. board meeting. Comments are also being taken via web and phone (tcatbus.com or 277-7433), or I will pass them on, of course.

Overall, these changes have been very carefully considered and I think it’s a very admirable balancing act at a time when other bus systems have had to shut down or decimate service. Since TCAT has been seeing double-digit growth and this year won a national award for “best system of its size”, it’s painful to make the cuts, but gratifying to be able to preserve a great system. If you have any questions about the way the proposal was developed or the reasons and context behind the choices, please contact TCAT staff or board members..I would be happy to discuss them with any of you.

Thanks,
Jennifer
(TCAT Board Transit Services Committee chair)

Information sessions convenient to West Hill (see the TCAT website for all sessions):

Thursday, Oct. 6 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enfield Town Hall
168 Enfield Main Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Wednesday, Oct. 12 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Trumansburg Village Hall
56. E. Main St.
Trumansburg, NY, 14886

Monday, Oct. 17 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tompkins County Public Library
Borg Warner Room
101 East Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850-5613

Monday, Oct. 24 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Overlook at West Hill, Main Office
200 W. Hill Circle
Ithaca, NY 14850

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