The new Schuyler County Transit Tompkins Connections public bus route started in August 2017 and ridership numbers are steadily increasing according to Amber Simmons, Schuyler County Mobility Manager. Three Schuyler Hospital administrators wanted to try the route themselves and after taking the ride gave the service a unanimous thumbs up.
Jim Watson, President and CEO; Patrick Ryan, Administrator of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility; and Michelle Benjamin, Executive Director of Schuyler Health Foundation & Community Relations recently took the one-hour trip from Schuyler Hospital to Cayuga Medical Center, accompanied by Schuyler County Mobility Manager, Amber Simmons.
“It was only a few minutes more than driving myself. Riding the bus allowed me to converse with others and take care of some business without the stress of driving,” Watson said. “I travel to Cayuga Medical Center at least once a week and could see myself becoming a regular rider. What a great option when the weather is less desirable.”
Michelle Benjamin suggested patients of Schuyler Hospital with appointments at Cayuga Medical Center could benefit from the service.
“Busses are clean and comfortable, the drivers are professional, and other riders are friendly. It was a very pleasant experience,” Benjamin said.
Simmons explains that the Tompkins Connections route was developed to meet the needs of both employees and people needing to travel between Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center.
“The route operates five times per day Monday through Friday to connect people to appointments and employment shifts,” Simmons said. “There are also free transfers to TCAT at the connection points of Enfield and Cayuga Medical Center.”
Simmons further shared that the rural public transportation system has made great progress since its launch in 2010.
“Schuyler County Transit operates routes that connect residents to the villages of Montour Falls, Odessa, and Watkins Glen. The Rural Connections route links Reynoldsville, Burdett, and Hector to Watkins Glen and there are now two commuter services to Corning and Tompkins County,” Simmons said.
Schuyler County Transit reports that its 2017 ridership last year was over 22,000 trips, which is more than the Schuyler County population.
For more information, visit www.SchuylerCountyTransit.org or contact Transportation Link-Line at 607.535.3555.