Pin It

Reimagine RTS moves into next phase 

The first phase of Reimagine RTS, an effort to plan for the future of the region's bus system, is complete. And RTS officials expect to release a draft plan in May that'll lay out potential route designs and make recommendations about things such as bus frequency.

During the first phase, RTS and its consultants gathered input from the public and surveyed existing and potential riders about how they use or would like to use the bus. RTS also gave its consultant current operational and ridership data to analyze. The agency and its consultants, using the public input, developed five guiding principals that will be used to develop the upcoming draft network plan, RTS CEO Bill Carpenter said during press conference this morning.

Those principals, as explained by Carpenter, are:
  • Maximize ridership. The agency is setting a goal to increase the number of RTS bus boardings;
  • Enhance the customer experience. One of RTS's consultants recommends that the agency try to have buses arrive at stops on key routes every 15 minutes. The agency wants to decrease rider wait times and travel times;
  • Ensure system sustainability. Basically, the agency wants to try to decrease the net cost per bus passenger, which is a measure of efficiency;
  • Expand public transit options to include more mobility options. "A 40-foot bus doesn't have to be the only option," Carpenter said. The network plan could include routes served by smaller buses or programs such as van pools. RTS and its consultants will also emphasize tying routes and stops to transportation options such as ride sharing services and bike sharing;
  • Coordinate with community initiatives. RTS wants to make sure it's working with other governments and groups when their efforts involve mass transit, such as the City of Rochester's transit-supportive development effort.
In addition to recommending a 15-minute frequency for bus arrivals, one of the consultants recommends that RTS develop some cross-town routes that don't require transferring at the downtown transit center, Carpenter said.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2


Comments are closed.

Browse Listings

Submit an event

RFD 2020 Calendar Launch Party @ Water Street 2020

With the Rochester Fire Dept. All proceeds go to Big Brother Big...

"Black Nativity" @ Baobab Cultural Center

Twas the Night Before Christmas @ Granger Homestead

Puppet show & scavenger hunt. Reservations required....

View all of today's events »

This Week's Issue

Issue Cover
Cover Story:
Students plead: Don't take our teachers
The Rochester Teachers Association said a third of city school student body could lose at least one teacher from the district's proposed layoffs. read more ...

Tweets @RocCityNews

© 2019 City Newspaper.

Website powered by Foundation.