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Monday 3/22 4-6pm… Let’s Show Up Rochester!

March 19th, 2010

The City will take questions and input about the Center City Circulator Study this Monday, 3/22 from 4-6pm at the Rochester Public Library. Parking is easy at the attached Court Street Garage.The City has partnered with C&S Companies to analyze and make recommendations to enhance commuting, circulation, and parking in Downtown Rochester. Among the potential enhancements under consideration is a circulator transit serviceā€”a.k.a shuttle buses or streetcars. Listen carefully Rochester…

The potential rewards and benefits of a circulator are enormous. Giving people the ability to move between points of interest without being tied to an automobile will make our region a more attractive location for businesses, residents, and visitors. According to the Center for Transportation Excellence a $10 million investment in public transportation typically results in a $30 million gain in sales for local businesses and more than 570 jobs are created.

But not all circulators are created equal. Rochester tried shuttle buses once before. Remember the EZ Rider? Why were those blue and yellow shuttle buses so unsuccessful? Did they serve the wrong locations? Were they unattractive? Are Rochesterians just too attached to their cars? We don’t believe so. We believe the problem with EZ Rider was that it was only a half-hearted attempt to implement the kind of system this town really needs.

This Monday, 3/22 from 4pm to 6pm,

the City will hold a public meeting to discuss commuting to and traveling within Downtown Rochester. NOW is your chance to contribute something to the future of your city. You don’t get a second chance to show up and help to reconnect Rochester.

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Rochester Public Library
Kate Gleason Auditorium
115 South Avenue
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Park in the Court Street Garage and enter the library on the ground floor. The garage is attached to the library.

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2 Responses to “Monday 3/22 4-6pm… Let’s Show Up Rochester!”

  1. snowbag says:

    The EZ Rider wasn’t unsuccessful, as people used them all the time: the city lost the funding to support the free buses (which rebadged Lift Line buses put into evening use). Ask the bars, restaurants, and clubs that were served by the lines: it was a big deal in establishing even the now-accepted East End and Alexander as hot spots.

  2. admin says:

    @Snowbag, EZ Rider may have been successful in part. But overall it failed. Not because it was a bad idea. As you indicate, it can be credited in part with helping to breathe life into the East End. My point was that it failed because there wasn’t any follow-thru. The City looked at some number on some sheet of paper and decided to pull the plug. I don’t want to see that happen again. This is why it’s so important that the public get involved. We have to make it clear that this project is important to us and to the vitality of downtown. This cannot be viewed as just another experiment.


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