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Rochester Public Transit reaches all-time high for daily ridership

Post Date:10/09/2018 9:44 AM


October 5, 2018

For immediate release

Contact: Nick Lemmer

507-328 2409



Rochester Public Transit reaches all-time high for daily ridership


Responding to the influx of people expected to attend a rally at the Mayo Civic Center featuring an appearance from President Donald Trump, Rochester Public Transit declared Oct. 4 a fare holiday, and encouraged anyone heading downtown to give transit a try—for free.

The result was a total of 16,617 boardings on RPT buses on Thursday, an all-time high for daily ridership. An average weekday will see around 7,500 boardings.

To ease road congestion downtown, RPT partnered with Rochester Community and Technical College to turn a 750-space Park & Ride lot on the west side of campus into an event parking site with frequent shuttle service to the rally. That effort netted over 3,500 boardings alone.

In addition, RPT saw a doubling of ridership on 14 other routes that serve Rochester’s neighborhoods, a fact that Bryan Law, principal transit planner for the city, says “demonstrates that there is a great potential for more Rochester residents to use public transit on a regular basis.”

With an average trip time of around ten minutes, and modern a fleet of clean and efficient buses, Rochester Public Transit offers much more than a nice—but occasional—alternative. For many regular commuters, riding the bus has become routine and is a relaxing, convenient part of their work day.

Annual ridership continues to grow for the publicly-funded agency. Year-to-date ridership for RPT is up more than 10% over 2017, and is on track to top 2 million annual trips for the first time. That represents a 25% increase in ridership since 2015.

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