Yates Transit Service sees success, plans expansion

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express

The Yates Transit Service is on target with the business plan developed before it launched Yates County’s public transportation system earlier this year, according to Daniele Lyman, CEO of The Arc of Yates, which operates YTS.

The success of the service so far means plans for expansion can move forward with the service’s partnership with Keuka College.

Reporting to the Yates County Legislature Aug. 14, Lyman said between Jan. 1 and June 30, 890 riders used the system. She reported on the increases and declines in the use of the various routes, noting that seasonal changes seem to have an impact on the routes as rider needs change. Over all public ridership was highest in February, March, and June.

The most popular route during the second quarter of the year was that between Dresden and Penn Yan with 155 public riders. After community meetings and more promotions in Dundee, ridership increased from 0 to 50 for that route. The use of Route 3 (Rushville) and Route 5 (Geneva) also increased over the six months ending June 30.

The new route planned in partnership with Keuka College — Route 3 Limited — will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays in a loop between the campus and various locations in Penn Yan. A map of the route will be posted on the YTS website soon, she says.

Another new route is on the drawing board too, and if a application for funds from the Tourism Advisory Committee is approved, the route — a summer tourism route could be up and running next summer with stops at various tourist destinations. She said YTS also plans to open discussions with FLCC soon.