|New RTS Route 52—Designed with URMC in Mind|
|Wednesday, August 21 2013|
Southeast-side residents soon will have a new RTS bus route that will take them directly to and from the medical center for just $1 per trip in climate-controlled comfort. No car, no parking, no hassle.
Thanks to the collaborative planning efforts of University officials and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RTS), “Route 52: Park Ave. to URMC” will roll out Sept. 2. The buses will originate at the East Avenue Wegmans, travel along Park Avenue, Goodman Street and Elmwood Avenue, and end at the Jackson loop Strong Memorial Hospital entrance—30 minutes in all.
Sound interesting? To make trying the bus more tempting, URMC has 100 free bus passes that will be available to current URMC parking permit holders (see below).
Leery of Letting Go of Your Parking Permit?
Staff can still retain the flexibility of driving in on some days by enrolling in our free Occasional Parker Program. At no charge, these drivers will receive individual hang tags to display on days when they need to bring a personal vehicle on campus. The program allows 26 opportunities to park on campus each year. The best part is that it’s commitment-free. If you change your mind about using public transportation, you’ll be reinstated to your previous permit and parking location.
Need to get home in an emergency? UR’s Parking and Transportation Services Department promises all Occasional Parkers a free ride home when needed.
A Free Offer to Sweeten the Deal
If you’re ready to try the bus, current URMC parking permit holders can pick up a free pass any time after Labor Day at the medical center Parking Office. Valid starting Sept. 3, these “unlimited” passes give you limitless rides on the route for any consecutive five days in September. The passes will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t delay.
More Changes in Store
Route 52 is just the beginning of exciting transit improvements to come. Though still in the idea phase, RGRTA is exploring the potential for erecting new heated bus shelters that will be spread out at key locations around medical center, Elmwood and Mt. Hope locations to make hopping on the bus comfortable and secure when the weather is anything but agreeable.
RTS Chief Executive Officer Bill Carpenter expressed his excitement about the bus route’s launch.
“We’ve taken great care to partner with the University of Rochester in customizing Route 52, making sure it caters to the needs of University employees living in the area. It’s the first public route we’ve ever planned right alongside UR leaders. Our key goals were to make it easy and affordable for staff to get to work safely—and on time.”
UR’s new Director of Parking and Transportation Hugh Kierig said, “In launching this new bus route, we want to recognize the partnership between the University and RTS—this could not have been accomplished without their assistance and it’s a partnership we value.”
For complete information on the route including the schedule and bus stop locations, visit RTS-Route 52. Don’t live in the areas served by Route 52? Check out other options for commuters at our Parking & Transportation Office website.
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