Aug 4th, 2009
Jets camp shuttle bus canceled after no one uses it in first days
By HOLDEN B. SLATTERY
CORTLAND — Cortland Transit has stopped sending buses to take Jets fans from SUNY Cortland’s stadium to downtown Cortland and South Cortland.
The free shuttle service has not picked up any passengers from the camp in three days since the route began on Friday.
Cortland Transit still plans to send buses to the county’s overflow parking lot at the former Smith Corona parking lot on Route 13 in South Cortland if the lot is used, said County Administrator Scott Schrader.
When the 800 to 900 spots at SUNY Cortland fill up, vehicles will be directed to the Smith Corona lot, which has not been used yet. The college has a secondary parking lot that has not been used either, Pete Koryzno, spokesman for the college, said Monday.
This parking lot at the college would be filled before visitors would be directed to the county’s overflow lot, Schrader said.
The Cortland Transit could be used during the Jets’ scrimmage on Thursday night. Some people are expecting fan attendance to be higher than usual during the scrimmage, when the Jets players will form two teams and play against each other.
The Cortland County Legislature allocated $31,000 in contingency funds to provide the shuttle service during the training camp. The amount comprises the bulk of $45,000 which the committee allocated July 23 to provide services for training camp visitors.
The money also covers the cost of leasing the overflow parking lot, the installation of portable toilets, trash bins and traffic signs.
The shuttle service was intended to take out-of-town visitors to local shops and eateries and to the overflow parking lot.
So far, the shuttle service has cost the county about $500, Schrader said...