February 11, 2015
New RTS Route 25 could increase service between 19th Ward and MCC
As part of RTS’ ongoing service development plan and based on input received during customer listening sessions, RTS is proposing to launch a new route that will double weekday trips and add weekend trips between the 19th Ward and Monroe Community College. The new route would also extend service to Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road from downtown Rochester.
Four information sessions are being offered for community residents to learn more about the proposed route and provide their feedback before plans are finalized. The information sessions will be held:
- Tuesday, Feb. 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Arnett Public Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.
- Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. RTS Transit Center, St. Paul Information Desk
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arnett Public Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.
Route 25 will replace and combine features of two routes (Route 12 19th Ward/MCC and Route 2 Thurston) that are currently operating in and around Genesee Park Blvd., Strong Memorial Hospital and East Henrietta Road. The route will extend downtown service to Brighton Henrietta Townline Road., and travel between East Henrietta Road and Metro Park.
RTS Transportation Planners boarded buses last fall to conduct listening sessions with customers to ask for input on how RTS routes meet their needs and how they could be improved. Route 25 was designed based upon feedback from that group of riders.
Route 25 Thurston/MCC could begin operating in April 2015.
Customers who are unable to provide feedback during the one of the four sessions may comment online at www.myRTS.com, or by contacting RTS Customer Service at (585) 288-1700.
RTS continually evaluates existing service as part of RTS’ multi-year Service Development Plan with the goal of making service is simpler, easier to understand, and more convenient.
“Evaluating existing routes and introducing new ones are part of RTS’ ongoing transformation into a highly efficient public transit and routing system,” said Transportation Planner Julie Tolar. “The on-the-bus listening sessions we held for Route 12 last fall were very helpful in identifying customers’ needs. As with the route restructuring that occurred with the opening of the RTS Transit Center, Route 25 will help us provide additional service that is safe, reliable, and convenient.”
To learn more about how RTS evaluates and redesigns routes, or to comment on a route, visit www.myRTS.com/planning.
For all other information, visit www.myRTS.com.
Rochester Transit Service (RTS) provides public bus transportation and paratransit service in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Wyoming counties. Recognized as one of the best-run transit systems in the nation, our 900+ employees proudly enjoy serving our customers who count on us for nearly 18.5 million rides each year. A public benefit entity and one of four regional transportation authorities in New York State, RTS is governed by 14 appointed commissioners who represent the City of Rochester, County of Monroe, and the surrounding counties in which RTS provides services. For more information, visit www.myRTS.com.
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