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TCAT staffing shortage impacts service for the college

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Joel Malina, Cornell University’s vice president of university relations, said TCAT did not justify the financial contribution increase of 8% and said TCAT already has enough funding, so the university would not comply with the larger increase. 

The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) released its Fall 2022 route schedule, which has notably fewer routes for Ithaca College students due to staffing reductions. 

In a Sept. 6 email to the campus community, Bonnie Prunty, vice president for Student Affairs and Campus Life, said there are several reductions to Route 11, which impacts the service between the college and the Downtown Ithaca Commons. The reductions will be in effect from Aug. 21 through Jan. 21, 2023. 

Other notable reductions include: the TCAT bus will now stop on campus once per hour instead of every 30 minutes, final outbound service from the Commons to campus will depart at 9:05 p.m. on weekdays, and final inbound service from campus to the Commons will depart at 9:29 p.m. from the Roy H. Park School of Communications bus stop on weekdays. 

On weekends, final outbound service from the Commons to campus will depart at 11:45 p.m. On Saturdays, final inbound service from campus to the Commons will depart from the Towers bus stop at 12:05 a.m. on Saturdays and Sunday morning service now begins later at 10:08 a.m. with outbound service departing from Green Street Station. On Saturday and Sunday, routes starting at 12:08 to 3:38, Route 11, will continue to become Route 15, which travels to Wegmans and Walmart.

“We want to stress that while the circumstances surrounding TCAT’s service reductions were out of IC’s control, and the college was not consulted in any schedule changes, the college continues to work proactively and productively with TCAT leadership to restore the traditional academic year service to our campus as quickly as possible,” Prunty said in the email. 

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