While she was drafting the schedule, Dougal said she was trying to accommodate people who work a 7-to-3 shift in Lake Placid and Ray Brook and an 8-to-4 shift in Elizabethtown. Her hope, she said, was to give Elizabethtown residents an opportunity to commute to state jobs in Ray Brook and Tri-Lakes residents a chance to commute to county jobs in Elizabethtown.
The Cascade Express schedule does just that. Unfortunately, it excludes anyone in the private sector who works a full-time job in those locations.
While the state government defines a full-time shift as 8.0 hours (7.5 hours plus a 30-minute lunch break), the private sector defines a full-time shift as 8.5 hours (8.0 hours plus a 30-minute lunch break).
Therefore, someone traveling from Lake Placid to Elizabethtown on the Cascade Express can get off the bus at Stewart’s at 7:45 a.m. but has to be back on the bus at Stewart’s by 4:10 p.m. in order to get home. Workers in private industry starting at 8 a.m. have to be on the clock until 4:30 p.m. to complete their 8-hour day. They can’t use the Cascade Express with its current schedule.
This bus schedule should be modified to fit shifts for workers in the private sector. Otherwise, the Cascade Express is simply a taxpayer-funded shuttle bus for government workers.
The JARC program — which provided funding for this bus — was established “to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals.” It was not established to get county and state workers to their offices.
5:45 a.m. Elizabethtown, Stewart’s
6:00 a.m. Keene, Park & Ride
6:28 a.m. Ray Brook
6:35 a.m. Saranac Lake, NCCC
7:05 a.m. Lake Placid, Stewart’s
7:10 a.m. Lake Placid, ski jumps
7:30 a.m. Keene, Park & Ride
7:45 a.m. Elizabethtown, Stewart’s
2:50 p.m. Saranac Lake, NCCC
3:05 p.m. Ray Brook
3:20 p.m. Lake Placid, ski jumps
3:40 p.m. Keene, Park & Ride
4:10 p.m. Elizabethtown, Stewart’s
4:25 p.m. Keene, Park & Ride
4:45 p.m. Lake Placid, ski jumps
4:50 p.m. Lake Placid, Stewart’s