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UPDATE AS OF 5 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 22

New York City Transit Strike Ends - University Operating Limited Transit Shuttle Schedule for Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23

New York – The Transit Workers Union has announced that they will return to work as negotiations continue with the MTA. The City of New York estimates that it will be 10 to 18 hours until all subways and buses are running normally. To ensure safe travels to and from campus during this recovery time, the University will operate its special transit shuttles through the evening commute today through tomorrow, as follows:

* Morningside-Midtown Shuttle Buses - stopping at Amsterdam & 116th, W 53 St., Port Authority and Penn Station - will run until 7 p.m. on Thursday, and from 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

* Morningside - Metro-North Shuttle Vans will be discontinued after 7 p.m. Thursday.

* G.W. Bridge - CUMC Shuttle Bus will resume its regular operation as of Friday.

* Intercampus Shuttle - serving CUMC and Morningside - will run the schedule posted below.

For complete schedules for the above shuttles, and for any other strike-related information, click on the relevant categories below:






Columbia Contingency Strike Plan Information Line:

Columbia University Medical Center Information Line:

Teachers College Information Line:

Barnard College Information Line:

The Morningside Campus Information Line:



To report an emergency for the Morningside Campus, please call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 (internally enter "99" from a Rolm phone).

For the Columbia University Medical Center Campus, call 212-305-7979.



Reminder: Use of the shuttle bus service requires a Columbia or affiliated I.D.

Please ensure you have your I.D. and that it is easily accessible when boarding a shuttle. This may reduce wait times considerably.

The following transportation contingency plan has been designed by the University to minimize disruption as students, faculty and staff commute to campus during the strike:

Special Transit Shuttle Bus Service to and from Major Transportation Hubs
The University is providing limited, special Transit Shuttle Bus service to and from major transportation hubs between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 and between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 (see exceptions). These 50-passenger buses are operated by Academy Bus, and are identified by a Columbia University sign.

Midtown Transit Shuttles
• 31st St and 8th Ave, NE corner (Penn Station)
• 43rd St and 10th Ave, NE corner (Port Authority Bus Terminal)
• 53rd St and 10th Ave, SE corner (special location for employees at 1700 Broadway building)
• On south-bound trips, 10th Ave stops will instead be made on 9th Ave
• 116th St and Amsterdam Ave, NE corner (Morningside)

125th St Metro-North Shuttle Locations
• 125th St and Madison Ave (Metro-North Harlem Station)
• W. 116th St and Amsterdam Ave
Note: Will be discontinued after 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005.

George Washington Bridge
• PA Kinney Parking, Roof Top Level (Port Authority George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal)
• 168th Street and Haven Ave, SW corner (Columbia University Medical Center)
Note: CUMC shuttle bus will resume its regular operation on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005.

Intercampus Columbia Shuttle
The Columbia shuttle operating between the Morningside campus and the Medical Center resumes its usual schedule. The pickup/dropoff locations are as follows starting Thursday Dec. 22, 2005 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2006:

- Morningside: Broadway & 116th St.
- Medical Center: Ft. Washington Ave. & 168th St.

The intercampus shuttle schedule is as follows:

Dec. 23 Regular schedule (plus supplementary service until 3 p.m.)
Dec. 24 Regular schedule
Dec. 25 No service (Christmas Day)
Dec. 26 No service (University-designated holiday)
Dec. 27 Summer schedule
Dec. 28 Regular schedule
Dec. 29 Summer schedule
Dec. 30 No service (University-designated holiday)
Dec. 31 Regular schedule
Jan. 1 No service (New Year's Day)
Jan. 2 Regular schedule

To see the intercampus shuttle schedule, please click here.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory shuttle is on a holiday schedule through January 2 (no service). For the schedule, please click here.

Getting to the Airports
Columbia would like to help students find alternate means of transportation to JFK, LaGuardia and Newark during the transit strike. All three airports are served by private transit companies unaffected by the transit strike. Please follow these links for more information, but remember to check with each carrier for service updates.

• John F. Kennedy Airport: http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/jgtsfram.htm
• LaGuardia Airport: http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/lgtsfram.htm
• Newark Airport: http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/egtsfram.htm

New York Presbyterian Hospital Shuttle
NYPH is providing transit strike-Shuttle service that is open to all Columbia affiliates and which primarily covers the east side of Manhattan. Routes are:

Grand Central - Weill-Cornell
- A 24 passenger shuttle bus will run between Grand Central (42nd and Lex) to Weill-Cornell (69th Street & York Avenue).

Penn Station - Weill-Cornell
- A 24 passenger shuttle bus will run between Penn Station (North-east corner of 31st Street and 8th) to Weill-Cornell (69th Street & York Avenue).

Metro North - CUMC
- A passenger van will run between the 125th Street Metro North Station and CUMC (Ft. Washington Ave. & 168th Street).

These shuttles will operate from 6 A.M. until 8 P.M.

Enhanced NYPH Shuttle Services

The regular NYPH/Allen Pavilion shuttle will be available for all Columbia faculty, staff and students. A valid ID from Columbia University or its affiliates will be required to board the bus.

The NYPH/Allen Pavilion Shuttle runs from CUMC/Milstein Circle at West 168th Street to the Allen Pavilion (220th St and Broadway) and back. The 15 passenger van leaves each location every 30 minutes -- at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. The service starts at 6:15 a.m. and ends at 6:15 p.m.

NYPH operates a second shuttle between Weill-Cornell (69th Street & York Avenue) and CUMC/Milstein Circle at W. 168th Street. The 25 passenger van leaves each location every hour at 15 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:15 a.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.

NYPH operates a third shuttle, from CUMC/Milstein Circle at W 168th to 60th Street and Madison Avenue (CP Eastside)and back. This 15 passenger van departs Milstein at: 7:15 a.m.; 9:15 a.m., 12 noon; and 4 p.m. It departs CP Eastside at: 8:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:15 p.m.

Parking: Additional parking space has been made available for Columbia employees at 213th Street & 10th Avenue. The Allen shuttle will also stop at this location.

Please note that all of the shuttle services described here are vulnerable to delay in heavy traffic.

Baker Field Parking
There is no more parking at Baker Field as of Friday, Dec. 23.


This Web site will be updated regularly.

For information relating to the CUMC campus, please call 212-305-7300.

Published: Dec 07, 2005
Last modified: Dec 22, 2005

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