**This is an official update from TCAT. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article.
TCAT will be reducing service for the second time this month starting Mon., March 30, while still maintaining as many travel options as possible for those who need to go out for essentials.
Ridership is now at about 10 percent of what it was before the recent statewide escalation of the coronavirus crisis, which has more and more people staying home and social distancing.
The newly adjusted service will better coincide with the lower demand while also providing more flexible scheduling to give TCAT drivers some relief.
The new schedules will be in effect tentatively through end of spring service period May 23, but they are subject to change depending on how the crisis evolves in the coming weeks. Given the unpredictability, riders are strongly advised to check TCAT’s Bus Tracker and MyStop and other apps before boarding.
Reminder: TCAT is operating fare-free through April 9, to avoid rider-driver contact at the farebox.
Routes not operating are 11N; 11S: 53; 72, 74; 75; 81, 83W; 83; 90; 92 and 93. Routes typically operating only weekdays will be extended to seven days a week.
The following routes are to be adjusted as follows:
Route 10: Mon.-Fri.
Will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Frequency reduced to 30 minutes. Last two trips will have a little more frequency starting from Seneca St. Station at 5:24 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Route 11: Mon.-Sun:
Note: Route interlines (or offers one seat rides) to both the routes 15 and 13 to serve shopping areas.
Route 13: Mon.-Sun.:
Route shortened for efficiency and will only serve the Commons to and from Northside neighborhood, Aldi and Fall Creek.
Route 14: Mon.-Sun.:
Route 14S: Mon.-Sun:
Slight reduction in service. Routing change due to Hector St. construction.
Route 15: Mon.-Sun.:
Route 17: Normal service on routes that are scheduled to operate.
Route 20: Mon. Fri.:
Routing change due to Hector St. construction. Route will follow Elm to Westhaven.
Sat. and Sun.
Route 21: Mon.-Sun:
Route 30: Mon.-Fri.
Route 31: No weekend service.
Route 32: Mon.-Sun.
Note: This route will no longer be interlined (or become a one-seat ride) with the route 15.
Route 36 and 37 to run clockwise and counterclockwise: Weekdays only:
Route 40: Mon.-Fri.
Route 41: Weekday only service has timing changes. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts stop relocated to Statler Hall due to construction.
Route 43: Mon. - Sun.:
Route 51: Mon. through Sun.
Route 52: Mon.-Fri.
Route 53 not running: Use route 52 for service to Brooktondale.
Route 65: Mon. through Sun.
Route 67: Mon. through Sun.:
Route 70: Sat. and Sun.
Route 72: not running. See route 32, which is running seven days a week.
Route 74: not running. See route 40, which is running seven days a week
Route 75: not running. See route 43, which is running seven days a week.
Route 77: Sat. and Sun.
Route 81: No service. See route 82.
Route 82: Frequency to remain at 30 minutes with service operating between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
As announced earlier, Green St. Station indoor waiting area will be closed until further notice.
TCAT is asking people to obey stay-at-home orders, practice social distancing and heed the advice of medical professionals. Use the bus only if you really need to. Don’t board if you are sick or have any symptoms. Follow guidelines from the Tompkins County Department of Health. TCAT’s customer service representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at (607) 277-RIDE (7433).
TCAT’s FAQs will be updated periodically: https://www.tcatbus.com/frequently-asked-questions-about-tcat-the-coronavirus-crisis/
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