Will bus route changes affect food access?
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Will bus route changes affect food access?

Tompkins County bus service could be cut this summer due to bus driver vacancies. TCAT currently employs 70 drivers, but needs 82 in order to maintain current service. Nineteen routes could be affected by the proposed cuts, which can be viewed here.

The TCAT Board of Directors is seeking public input on proposed service cuts for the  summer service period, which begins May 22 and ends Aug. 20. TCAT normally reduces service in the summer because most college students, many of whom are TCAT riders, leave the area for summer break. Even so, TCAT is considering making additional cuts this summer to level with the number of drivers it has to fulfill service. For the full press release, see here.

Hot Potato Press asks readers: will these changes negatively impact people already experiencing food shortages?

Here are several options to make your voice heard:

  • Comment below and Hot Potato Press will forward your comments to TCAT.
  • Email TCAT at tcat@tcatmail.com
  • Call TCAT at 607-277-7433 (RIDE), press No. 3, to leave comments or to ask TCAT to mail information regarding proposed cuts via U.S. Postal Service.
  • Attend a public information session. Two are scheduled at the Borg Warner East room in the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St., Ithaca, from noon to 2 p.m. and again 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, to collect feedback.


Image credit: Photo by Mark Andbinder. Sage and TCAT Bus. A Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) bus drives past Sage Hall on the Cornell University campus. https://flic.kr/p/aFgADh

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