|Hop on the Bus for FREE on ‘ROC Transit Day’|
|Tuesday, June 12 2012|
Has the daily commute gotten you down? On Thursday, June 21, leave the car at home and try the bus for free!
Reconnect Rochester and RTS are giving away passes that will entitle you to unlimited bus rides on ROC Transit Day. That means you could take a bus to work, another back home, then another out in the evening and home again – all free with your all-day pass. During the day, volunteers will be handing out gift certificates, free tickets to local events and other prizes to randomly chosen riders. To top things off, pass holders will be treated to a happy hour at Legends Sports Bar & Grille (Radisson Hotel, 120 East Main St.) replete with complimentary beer and appetizers. Just stop by URMC's Parking Office to pick up your pass!
Your Pass to Free Fun
Because RTS would like to tempt car commuters to ride the bus, they’re making a limited number of free passes available to all University parking permit holders, including those who carpool. Drop by the ground floor Medical Center parking office (G-6037, open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays) to claim yours. (Be sure to keep it with you for all bus rides; it’s also your admission ticket for the party at Legends.)
How many ways will you benefit by trying the bus? To start, you’ll have a stress-free day, free of having to worry about a parking spot, where you left your keys, whether your tank is full, or if you need a designated driver after happy hour. You’ll also feel good knowing that – at least for one day – Rochester’s carbon footprint will be just a little bit smaller.
Wondering How to Get Started?
It’s easy, even if you’ve never ridden a bus before.
After you pick up your pass, visit www.ROCtransitday.com for tips and information about the day’s events. You’ll find handy online tools that can map out your itinerary for the day; just enter your start and stop locations, and they’ll tell you which buses are available to take, when. URMC staffers living in the following neighborhoods – Corn Hill, 19th Ward, Plymouth, Genesee Valley Park, Highland Park, South Ave., Greece, Elmwood, Bullshead, and Humbolt and Browncroft – might be pleasantly surprised to find a number of convenient routes that make direct stops right at the Medical Center.
Need more ideas on how to leverage your free all-day pass? On ROC Transit Day’s website, you’ll also find information about a number of fun events underway June 21 – including the city’s summer series, Party at the Park, at the Riverside Festival site, which kicks off at 5 p.m. and features Rusted Root, Balkan Beat Box, Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk). Admission is only $2!
Reconnect Rochester is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and outreach to help create a broad base of support for our existing public transit system, shape regional policies to improve it and reconnect our community in ways that improve personal mobility, urban vitality, environmental sustainability and economic development. Visit them online or on Facebook.
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