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Rochester Public Transit (RPT) has completed a Transit Development Plan (TDP) which will guide the City’s transit system for the next five years. The plan calls for a longer service day, more night routes, Sunday and holiday service, and ultimately more frequency of buses and more opportunities for people to ride transit. The City Council adopted the plan on May 15, 2017. Some parts of the plan can be implemented as soon as July 2017. Other recommendations will be phased in over the course of the 5-year plan horizon. The biggest changes, namely the route restructuring and renaming, are scheduled to begin in mid-2018.

Please have a look at the plan documents below, and contact us at Rochester Public Transit if you have questions, concerns, or other ideas about what we are proposing in the TDP. The public will still be called on to give input about the routes as implementation goes forward. Watch this space for announcements about upcoming public meetings and hearings about the route restructuring.


Transit Development Plan for the City of Rochester, 2017


TDP Presentation to Committee of the Whole, April 3, 2017 -- This presentation has lots of useful information to explain the TDP in a straightforward manner. City staff have delivered this presentation many times during public outreach efforts, and it continues to be a very effective way to communicate the goals of the plan. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation with your group, please use the Contact Us link.

Interactive Maps -- RPT has also developed maps showing what the proposed transit system would look like in Year 5 of this phased Transit Development Plan. At full build-out, there will be 28 transit lines, including service at night, on weekends, and via a crosstown loop.

TDP Year 5 Weekday Map -- All of these routes (except the park-and-ride directs) will operate between 5 am and 8 pm, at least once an hour during off-peak periods, and twice an hour during morning and afternoon peak periods. Routes will operate the same way in the morning as in the afternoon, and will have the same number throughout the service day. Route numbers will be all-numeric, rather than having a mix of numbers and letters.

Park-and-Ride lots will continue to be served by direct (non-stop) routes as they are today: Routes 19, 29, 37, 39, and 59. As is the case today, these direct routes will only operate during peak hours, and will have schedules determined by commuter demands, rather than a strict 30- or 60-minute headway.

Most of the routes on this map will begin operating in Year 2 (that is, in mid-2018), with a few exceptions. Routes 52 and 54 will only begin operating as separate routes in Year 3 of the plan. They will operate as one route (as does today's Route 8) until then. The opening of Route 84 to the airport will be dependent on the type of vehicle RPT will operate, and on the development of a park-and-ride facility at the airport.

TDP Year 5 Nights & Weekends Map -- This map shows the 9 routes from the weekday map that will operate later on weeknights and on Saturdays and Sundays. Note that the routes do not change names depending on the time of day or the day of the week: the routes on this map will operate along the same path on weekdays, late into weeknights, on Saturdays, on Sundays, and on holidays.

Comprehensive Plan Primary Transit Network Fact Sheet -- The City's Planning Department has been working on a Comprehensive Plan for the City at roughly the same time as RPT has been working on this TDP. The Comprehensive Plan is a longer-term plan, looking out 20 years (instead of the TDP's 5 years), and, as the name suggests, is more expansive in scope (it will have many elements the TDP does not, such as land use, housing, economic development, etc.). One major transportation idea that grew out of the Comprehensive Plan process was the concept of a Primary Transit Network (PTN), which would link areas of concentrated residential, commercial, and transportation activity along high-capacity transit corridors. The TDP, while not strictly speaking a part of the Comprehensive Plan, has been developed in coordination with the Planning Department's Comprehensive Plan -- and the TDP can be imagined as a first step toward achieving the full build-out of the PTN in 20 years.