About Reimagine RTS
What is Reimagine RTS?
Reimagine RTS is a planning process that will study and explore changes to the RTS fixed-route transit system to better meet the changing needs of the region. This study focuses on transit service within Monroe County, NY, including Downtown Rochester and the surrounding suburbs.
Reimagine RTS Announcement
Why is RTS doing this study now?
The region’s economy and the needs of the community are changing. As a result, RTS is seeking to reimagine public transit in Monroe County to promote growth and better meet the mobility needs of the community. The public transit system in Monroe County was designed more than 40 years ago when downtown Rochester was the center of our community from every perspective – economically, residentially and culturally. Since then, the demographics of our area have changed, the location of employment centers has changed, and the number of available mobility options has changed. Demands from senior citizens, millennials, individuals with disabilities, and those working to escape poverty continue to grow. More businesses are locating to areas of our region that we do not serve well, if at all. And with the emergence of new transportation options such as bike sharing, car sharing, ride sharing and vanpools, it is no longer the case that public transit and the automobile are the community’s only options to reach their destinations. This has created a new reality for public transit that we cannot ignore.
Who will be involved in the study?
RTS will implement a Community Engagement Plan to ensure the involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders as we reimagine public transit in Monroe County. Stakeholders include RTS customers, business partners and employees, community and neighborhood organizations, advocacy groups, elected officials, business owners, community members, potential future customers, and residents of Monroe County. In addition, RTS has engaged the services of a consulting team (Transportation Management & Design, Inc. (TMD) and Highland Planning to assist with technical analysis and community engagement. This study focuses on transit service within Monroe County, NY, including Downtown Rochester and the surrounding suburbs.
Will my bus route change as a result of the study?
We do not yet know what changes will be made. The purpose of the study is to help us determine what public transit should look like in a community like ours that has multiple mobility options. RTS will consider recommendations about routes and frequency of service after completing all technical analysis and thoroughly engaging RTS customers and stakeholders. This study focuses on transit service within Monroe County, NY, including Downtown Rochester and the surrounding suburbs.
What is the study schedule?
We expect to complete the study by the end of 2018.
Will this study address paratransit?
Reimagine RTS will not analyze RTS Access service. The study will identify potential changes to the RTS Access service area based on changes made to the RTS fixed-route network.
Where can I share my ideas about redesigning the system?
RTS is in the process of planning a variety of meetings and events for people to attend and share their ideas. An online survey will be available starting in October 2017 for interested parties to provide input and comments can be sent through our online comment form. Those who choose to share their thoughts on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter are encouraged to include our hashtag #ReimagineRTS to help us capture their input.
How can I stay informed about the study?
The best way to stay informed is to sign up for updates.