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SEPTEMBER 22 - 29, 2017


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Four counties in Central New York, including Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, and Steuben, have been working together to launch a Car-Lite Challenge on Car Free Day – an annual international event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home for a day on Friday, September 22. Observed in over 2,000 cities in 44 countries, Car Free Day is celebrated in different ways, but with the common goal of taking cars off the road to reduce traffic, improve the environment and conserve energy.

This year partners have selected to change the name to “Car-Lite” to acknowledge that it is sometimes difficult to go completely “Car-Free” if you live in a rural area.  Efforts to promote driving less and replacing trips in a car with carpooling, public transit, biking or walking are considered a step in the right direction.  The Challenge will run for eight days, from September 22 to 29th.

Anyone who lives or works in the counties can participate in the challenge by registering on the Car-Lite Challenge website . Blog about your experience on the website and your entries enter you into a chance to win the grand prize - a Fit Bit!

Mail-in entries are also accepted and should be received by October 2nd to Transportation Link-Line, c/o The Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Participants living in Schuyler County must log at least three entries to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. The winner will be randomly selected in October and the grand prize for each County announced.  SChuyler County's Grand Prize is a Fit Bit!

“The Car-Lite Challenge reminds us that there are other ways to get around that not only help save money, but can be an overall a healthier choice." said Amber Simmons, Schuyler County Mobility Manager.

Take the next step. For more details about the Car-Lite Challenge and to learn about transportation resources to help you get around visit https://carlitechallenge.wordpress.com/ or contact Amber Simmons.

Schuyler County Public Transit/Human Services Coordinated Transportation Committee will meet Wed. Septemebr 13, 10AM at The ArC of Schuyler, 210 12th St., Watkins Glen.  This site is accessible by transit - use 12th & Porter Stop for times.


New Service and Schedule changes are effective August 28th, 2017

New Service:

  • Tompkins Connections: Schuyler County Transit will begin service to Tompkins County with a route that connects Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen to Cayuga Medical center and connections with TCAT to downtown transit hub and Cornell University.  This new service will operate 5 times per day beginning at 5:55AM and ending service in Watkins Glen at approximately 6PM.  
  • Village Connections: Schuyler County Transit will add Rock Cabin Mobile Home Park in Montour Falls as a new stop along the route.  Schedule times have been adjusted to accommodate the additional bus stop and are posted on schuylercountytransit.org

Service Changes:

Dial-A-Ride: Schuyler County Transit will change the days and times that the rural Dial-A-Ride service is available. 

The new service times: Tuesday – Friday 10AM-12Noon or 11AM-1PM depending on which side of the county the person resides.

For more information regarding the above changes please call the Transportation Link-Line at 607-535-3555 Monday – Friday 9AM-2:30PM. 

Detailed Schedule Information Here.


Consider being a Busy Buddy!  Volunteers Needed for Bus Buddy Program






Southern Tier Rideshare now available to Schuyler residents.

Schuyler County has joined with Chemung and Steuben Counties to offer residents a way to promote carpooling in the region. Commuters who live or work in the counties can register in the free, easy-to-use, online ridematching system, at SouthernTierRideshare.com and find others who are interested in sharing a ride. 

 In announcing the initiative, County Administrator Tim O’Hearn stated “We are thrilled to be the latest participant in this innovative program. In addition to providing additional mobility modes, this will offer our residents more employment options by reducing the barrier that a lack of transportation creates for jobseekers.”

“Rideshare will give people in our community an additional tool to get to work.  With no cost to the user or the County, this project was a logical addition to our transportation resources.” stated Amber Simmons, Mobility Manager for Schuyler County.

According to Simmons, the program is maintained by NY Department of Transportation and has been successfully operating in the downstate area for many years.  In 2014 Chemung and Steuben counties were chosen to pilot a rural rideshare program.  A campaign was designed to create an upstate brand that reflected the rural nature of our area and encourage people to try rideshare. 

Based on the success of the pilot program the 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare brand was created and is now expanding into additional rural counties.  The rideshare program has a focus on the daily commuter and is designed to allow people to sign up, and seek a ride match from either a radius base or an along their path of travel.  Users can sign up to be riders, drivers or both.

“The key to developing the numbers to populate the database is employer participation and we are pleased that there are currently 9 employers who have committed to creating their own portals to the Southern Tier Rideshare site.”  Tina Hager, Chemung County Transit Specialist explained.

This year 511NY Southern Tier is looking at expanding into additional counties and Schuyler County was pleased to join the effort www.transportationlink-line.org