|Simplify Your Commute: Hop Aboard Route 52!|
|Thursday, December 12 2013|
Every day, more than 100 happy customers hop aboard Route 52, RTS's new direct-to-URMC route for Southeast-side Rochesterians.
The "Park Ave. to URMC" service is a 25-minute trip jogging back and forth between the new East Avenue Wegmans and Strong Memorial Hospital's front door (dropping folks directly at the Jackson Drive loop). Though open to the public, the route is especially convenient for staff residing along Park Avenue, Goodman Street, and Elmwood Avenue. They're now able to enjoy climate-controlled comfort for just $1 per trip (even less for multiple-use passes!)—no car, no parking, no hassle.
But don't take our word for it. Some of your colleagues were pretty candid in these snappy testimonial videos, created by our friends at RTS.
“Having used the BART system in San Francisco, which has a great set-up, it looks like RTS is following suit,” says project nurse Beth Keller. “They have a mobile app, and are using online resources to help folks get from point A to point B.”
Frank Guido agrees. “I’m actually home faster now than if I drove,” says the Guest Services specialist. “I’m walking in my driveway 10 minutes after leaving the hospital.”
Curious? See Route 52's full schedule, here.
Nervous about Giving up your Permit?
Good news: Becoming a bus-commuter isn't all or nothing. Staff who are leery to let go of their assigned parking permit 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? It's commitment-free. If you change your mind about using public transportation, you'll be reinstated to your previous permit and parking location.
Still worried about emergencies, or needing to leave on a dime? We've thought ahead. UR's Parking and Transportation Services Department has you covered, promising all Occasional Parkers free rides home, in a jiffy, when they need it.
Initially, there’s a little bit of a fear factor at play, admits physician assistant Susan Hulse.
More Changes in Store
Route 52 is just a foretaste of exciting transit improvements to come. According to Mary Ockenden, Associate Vice President and Director for Space Planning, these sorts of collaborative projects underscore the growing importance of alternative transit options to and from URMC.
"We're adamant about wiring this place in a way that makes mass transit a more convenient, more appealing option," she added. "It's green, it's convenient, and it's always been a priority for us. And with our new Parking and Transportation Director Hugh Kierig aboard, we look forward to some added momentum and expertise guiding our efforts."
Don't live in the areas served by Route 52? Check out other options for commuters at our Parking Office website.
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