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TCAT leases charter buses to mitigate bus shortage

By on May 25, 2021

first_img This article was submitted on behalf of a person or organization in Tompkins County. The Ithaca Voice posts community announcements to provide readers with information directly from local businesses and… More by Community Announcements This is a community announcement. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit news releases, email [email protected] “The Fitzgerald buses are helping tremendously as we continue to work toward minimal service disruptions,” said Assistant General Manager Mike Smith. “This will take some pressure off our maintenance department so that we can continue to improve our preventative maintenance percentages and get more of our buses back up and running.” Last week, TCAT announced that finding solutions to bus shortages is its No. 1 priority. When there are bus shortages, dispatchers typically reduce service on high-frequency routes, such as routes 10, 30 and 82, knowing that riders can more easily catch the next bus in a shorter period of time compared to less-frequent rural routes. Nonetheless, some riders are being inconvenienced and TCAT is striving to approach zero missed trips in the near future. Tagged: Bus service, community announcement, TCAT, transportation Bus shortages are a result of a number of factors including an aging fleet and more stringent NYSDOT regulations. The Fitzgerald buses are being used on the following routes and trips: Featured image: A tour of TCAT facilities (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Community Announcements Smith said Fitzgerald drivers are operating the buses, but each bus is also staffed with a TCAT driver to assist with route information, passenger questions and fare collection. Related: TCAT cuts back peak time trips due to bus shortage Recently, TCAT restructured its maintenance management team to better meet routine maintenance schedules and to keep the entire fleet road ready. Additionally, TCAT in recent weeks purchased five used buses at auction and they are presently being rehabilitated for inspection and to go into service. In the meantime, TCAT is continuing to look at other transportation companies to lease or borrow additional buses. Enfield/ Route 20:Outbound: 4:45 p.m. from Vet School; 6:05 p.m. from Green St. StationInbound: 5:30 p.m. and 6:32 p.m. from Enfield Highway Dept.Trumansburg/ Route 21:Outbound: 3:03 p.m. from Vet SchoolInbound: 3:50 p.m. from Aubles Trailer ParkLansing/ Route 37:Outbound: 6:35 a.m. and 9:34 a.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 4:25 p.m.; 5:10 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. from Green St. Station and 7:55 a.m. and 8:38 a.m. from Dairy BarInbound: 7:14 a.m. from Lansing Fire Station #4; and 8:12 a.m. and 8:53 a.m. from William @ Farrell; 5:11 p.m. and 5:58 p.m. from Lansing Fire Station #4; and 7:23 p.m. from Lansing Town HallTC3/Dryden/ Route 43:Outbound: 6:08 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. from Green St. StationInbound: 6:45 a.m. and 3:55 p.m. from TC3Caroline/ Route 52:Outbound: 3:55 p.m. from Green St. Station.Inbound: 4:36 p.m. from Caroline TurnaroundNewfield/ Route 67:Outbound: 7:40 a.m. from Seneca St. StationInbound: 8:10 a.m. from Newfield Central School Effective today, TCAT is using the Fitzgerald buses on its rural routes serving Enfield, Trumansburg, Lansing, Dryden, Caroline and Newfield during morning and evening peak time on weekdays. This is relieving strain on TCAT’s fleet and freeing up TCAT buses to serve heavy commuter routes. Even with the additional buses going into service, TCAT was still forced to cut some trips today, but the situation should improve as TCAT implements other solutions, such as using third-party maintenance shops to assist with routine maintenance. The Fitzgerald buses in use include one white and one black with the Fitzgerald logo in green. Signs with route numbers are posted on the passenger entry side of the buses. TCAT is prohibited from placing posters on front windows for safety reasons. TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – TCAT has teamed up with Fitzgerald Brothers, a local charter service that is leasing TCAT two 37-foot buses to help alleviate bus shortages that have been causing service disruptions.last_img read more

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A genome every 12 minutes

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgConference on whole genome sequencing addresses advances in technology, ‘fake diseases,’ ancient DNA, and broad opportunities for human disease researchIn 2006, in the early days of whole genome sequencing, the sequencing platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT was able to sequence just three genomes — for an elephant, a tick, and a rabbit.This year, the team is on pace to generate about 75,000 whole human genomes and will bring the total number of human exomes — the complete set of human genes — sequenced to over 250,000.That’s a new genome every 12 minutes — a treasure of valuable data that is helping to shed light on genetic factors in human diseases.The work at the Broad is part of an ongoing collaborative large-scale national whole genome sequencing effort. The Genome Sequencing Program (GSP) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is sequencing 200,000 whole human genomes. The Trans-Omics Precision Medicine Program (TOPMed) of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is sequencing 100,000–150,000 whole human genomes.“Such massive whole genome sequencing data present an unprecedented opportunity for genetic discovery in human diseases, with the most comprehensive capture of the human genome,” said Xihong Lin, chair of Harvard Chan School’s Department of Biostatistics and the contacting principal investigator of the NHGRI GSP Harvard Analysis Center.The huge upswing in sequencing activity over the past few years was one of the topics discussed at the recent PQG (Program in Quantitative Genomics) Conference sponsored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Nov. 3–4. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Smartphones, teens, and unhappiness

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first_imgWhen San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge, a psychologist who studies generational shifts, saw a spike in teen mental health issues between 2011 and 2015, she wanted to find out why. The spike, she explains, was sudden, with major depressive episodes among teens increasing by 50 percent within those few years.“It was the start of a journey in what changed in teens’ lives,” she says.With more examination, Twenge recognized that the rise of the smartphone among teenagers coincided with the rise of teens’ feelings of uselessness, as well as with the fall of their satisfaction and happiness.“The largest change and most pervasive change in teens’ lives was more smartphones and more time on social media,” she says. Smartphones had disrupted the majority of teens’ lives, including time they used to spend socializing in person and sleeping.“It would be extremely surprising if the shift toward teens spending the majority of their leisure time staring at a screen didn’t have effects,” says Twenge, the author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us.” Despite the shift, Twenge also isn’t entirely anti-smartphone.“This is not about taking the phone away. They are wonderful devices, but it’s limited use,” she says, especially for teens. “Make sure the phone doesn’t become an appendage.”In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Twenge discusses her research. She also advises how children and adults can use smartphones in the healthiest ways.last_img read more

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Getting smart about chip technology

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgOver 13 million U.S. citizens fell victim to identity fraud last year, costing financial institutions a total of $15 billion[1]. To better guarantee customer security in 2016, more and more credit unions are turning to Chip-and-PIN technology. Chip-and-PIN cards are quickly becoming the global standard in both credit and debit card payments. These new smart cards, or EMVs, utilize a computer chip embedded in the card to authenticate transactions. When this card is inserted into a chip-enabled reader, the chip on the card communicates with the reader by sending a one-time, dynamic code unique to that transaction.There are a number benefits for both the customer and credit union in switching to the chip-and-PIN card technology. The unique transaction code makes it near impossible for criminals to develop a counterfeit card with data stolen from a Chip-and-PIN card. The security enhancements built into chip technology far exceed that of magnetic stripe technology and will be integral to helping reduce a credit union’s payment card data breach and fraud exposure when the physical card is used. Chip-and-PIN technology will also reduce exposure to card data compromises, which alleviates the time and resources used by a credit union to process fraud claims.As smart cards become more widespread, adoption of the new technology has the potential to build on a credit union’s reputation and membership. In fact, many financial institutions around the world have already converted to chip technology. European Union countries rely exclusively on chip-and-PIN technology and often do not even accept chip-and-signature cards[2]. This means adopting chip cards will also make it much easier for cardholders to travel internationally.It is impossible to ignore the added benefits of adapting to Chip-and-PIN technology. However, while the new technology virtually eliminates fraud when a purchase is made in a face-to-face transaction, Chip-and-PIN does not address online, mail, telephone, or lost/stolen card fraud. Therefore, credit unions should continue to deploy multiple layers of protection and should enhance existing fraud detection systems to help combat fraud in both the card-present and card-not-present environments. 75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tammy Behnke Tammy Behnke joined ProSight in October 2012 and is the Program Executive for the company’s Credit Union Program. Tammy has nearly 28 years of underwriting experience, specializing in financial … Web: www.prosightspecialty.com Detailslast_img read more

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Gunmen attack Pakistani stock exchange, six killed: Police

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgTopics : Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi on Monday but security forces killed them all, police said.Two other people were also killed, the military said, adding that security forces were conducting a sweep for any remaining attackers.The gunmen attacked the building, which is in a high security zone that also houses the head offices of many private banks, with grenades and guns, said Ghulam Nabi Memon, chief of police in Pakistan’s biggest city and its financial hub. “Four attackers have been killed, they had come in a silver Corolla car,” Memon told Reuters.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.The gunmen initially threw a grenade at security men posted outside the stock exchange compound then opened fire on a security post. The four were killed when security forces posted there responded.Pakistan has long been plagued by Islamist militant violence but attacks have become less frequent in recent years after military operations against various factions in strongholds along the Afghan border.center_img The Pakistan Stock Exchange did not suspend trading during the attack, its managing director, Furrukh Khan, said.A Counter-Terrorism Department official told Reuters the attackers were carrying significant quantities of ammunition and grenades in backpacks.Apart from Islamist militants, Pakistan has also had to contend with separatist insurgents in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.Separatists were responsible for an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in 2018.This month, three explosions on the same day claimed by a little-known separatist group killed four people including two soldiers in the southern province of Sindh, of which Karachi is capital.last_img read more

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