Changes Planned to Improve Efficiency of Cortland Bus Service
Cortland’s 1st Transit Bus Service is set to undergo some changes, the operators are looking to modify some of the existing bus routes, the changes are intended to keep the busses running on time.
According to Jan Dempsey, a Mobility Manager with the Seven Valleys Health Coalition the County Public Transportation committee in conjunction with bus service operator 1st transit have been studying the current bus routes for several months and have developed some recommendations aimed at improving the local bus service.
Most of the recommendations involve realigning existing bus routes to make the routes more manageable for the drivers and keep the buses running on schedule.
Dempsey says one of the biggest changes involves the current bus run that goes from the County Office Building out to the Wal-Mart and K-Mart shopping plazas, those runs which are very popular are being streamlined to ensure that the run can make all the regular stops and accommodate additional unplanned or requested stops.
The other big planned change is that there will no longer be a direct bus runs from the County Office Building to Cornell University, that run will now stop at the TC3 campus in Dryden where riders can transfer to a T-Cat bus and continue on to Cornell or other destinations in the Ithaca area.
In previous forums riders that took the Cornell bus asked for an expansion of service, Dempsey says that’s not possible at this time because it is too expensive to add another bus on that run.
Dempsey says the group initially considered enacting a fare hike for 1st Transit riders, but after reviewing the idea it was determined that increasing the fares would not generate significant revenue and could discourage more people from using the local bus system.