Re-Imagine RTS proposes major changes to bus routes, impacting many with vision loss in suburbs

May 11, 2018

Credit Democrat and Chronicle

Recently the Democrat and Chronicle reported the following:

Imagine a city bus schedule that runs every 15 minutes, includes crosstown routes and incorporates ride-sharing, vanpools and other options.

Those are among the proposed changes in a draft plan to overhaul, simplify and streamline the Regional Transit Service that officials detailed Friday.

But there also are significant changes and unknowns, with many suburban bus routes eliminated, including — in the draft — service to Rochester Institute of Technology. What is envisioned is a network, no longer dependent on 40-foot-buses but incorporating many transportation options for a more nimble, in some cases on-demand, system.

Here's the 2-minute Re-Imagine RTS promotional video:

Reimagine RTS is a planning process that is exploring 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. We want to hear from you! Please review the draft transit plan, come to a Reimagine RTS event, and share your thoughts by taking a brief survey. Learn more at myRTS.com/Reimagine and let’s reimagine public transit - together.

And here is the longer (17 minute) webinar with Leah Katz and Russ Chisholm of Transportation Management and Design as they present their draft recommendations for the Reimagine RTS project.