Cornell and the Campus-to-Campus Bus

In Recognition and Appreciation of
Cornell & the Campus-to-Campus Bus

Cornell is such a big presence in our community that it’s easy to overlook how often it contributes to the well-being of those who live here.

For the past several years, Cornell has quietly assisted thousands of area residents with cancer by providing free transportation to & from NYC on the Campus-to-Campus Bus. This allows patients (and a companion) to travel to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center for second opinions and specialized services.

The program began several years ago when CRC approached Cornell’s Department of Transportation & Delivery Service about the possibility,
and the answer was an enthusiastic, “Yes. Let’s do it!” Since then, more than 4,500 rides have been provided.

Rides are arranged through CRC. We do the initial screening and make the reservations.
(For information & reservations, call our office at 277-0960).

Many patients leave Ithaca at 6am, have a mid-day appointment in NYC, and then return to Ithaca that night. Even parking permits are provided so that patients can leave their car in Cornell’s B-Lot without cost.  A long and sometimes trying day for patients is made a bit easier due to Cornell’s generosity and partnership.

The gratitude that our clients feel is enormous! As one patient remarked,  “Being able to travel on the Cornell bus to the City was the first good to happen to me since I was diagnosed with cancer.” It made it possible for her to get a second opinion at a major cancer center.

Cornell provides this as a public service for our community. As far as we know, it’s the only program like it in the country. If you’re connected to Cornell, know how much we appreciate this service and how it’s made life just a little better for those going through the most difficult periods of their lives.  We ALL thank you, Cornell!