February 18, 2016
Rochester, NY: The opening of six new, high-tech bus stations around the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and College Town was celebrated today by Regional Transit Service (RTS) CEO Bill Carpenter, Representative Louise Slaughter and Peter Robinson, vice president and chief operating officer of URMC. The three were joined for a ribbon cutting ceremony by the contractors and partners who built the new stations.
Pictured: (L-R): Joe Istvan, Bergmann Associates; Bill Carpenter, RTS; Representative Louise Slaughter; Peter Robinson, URMC; Dave Riley, The Pike Co.; Paul Tennity, Popli Design Group.
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“Thanks to Representative Slaughter and our strong partnership with the University of Rochester, our customers now have six new, high-tech bus stations that will make it easier for them to enjoy the ride,” said Bill Carpenter, CEO of RTS. “By spreading the stations around the URMC campus and College Town, transit will be more easily accessible to customers at our second busiest destination.”
The six bus stations provide weather protection and are equipped with features such as bike racks, seating and lean rails, lighting, trash receptacles, video surveillance, and heat and Blue Light security systems at designated locations. Digital signage will display messaging and RTS arrival data in real time.
“These new state-of-the-art bus stations are good for riders and will help relieve traffic congestion and the parking crunch facing Rochester. Bus transportation is intrinsically linked to the economic and educational stability of our community, and I’m pleased that these stations will help encourage more people to use public transportation,” said Congresswoman Slaughter.
The total cost of the project was $2 million, with funding coming from Rep. Slaughter through the Federal Transit Administration, the New York State Department of Transportation, and RTS. The design and construction of the bus stations was performed by Bergmann Associates, The Pike Co., and Brasco International.
“Our collaborative efforts with RTS continuously improve the community’s access to the University of Rochester Medical Center campus and provide our employees additional opportunities for commuting,” said Peter G. Robinson, vice president and chief operating officer of URMC. “The strategy for placing the new state-of-the-art bus shelters around the campus and along College Town meets the needs of our patients, staff, and neighbors.”
The names and locations of the new stations are as follows:
• Strong Hospital Station: at the entrance to Golisano Children’s Hospital on Crittenden Blvd.
• Mental Health & Wellness Station: at the URMC Mental Health and Wellness entrance on Crittenden Blvd.
• School of Medicine Station: at the School of Medicine entrance on Elmwood Ave.
• Eastman Dental Station: at the Eastman Dental entrance on Elmwood Ave.
• College Town Station: On Mt. Hope at Celebration Drive.
• Mt. Hope Station: On Mt. Hope next to Bruegger’s.
A map of the new stations that includes the bus stop identification numbers can be found on the RTS website.
For all other information, visit myRTS.com.
Regional Transit Service (RTS) is a regional transit authority established by New York State with more than 900 employees who proudly serve customers and business partners in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Recognized as one of the best-run transit systems in the nation, RTS provides safe, reliable and convenient public bus transportation to more than 18 million people each year. We carry out our mission by connecting our customers to jobs, school, healthcare, shopping and recreational activities every day. For more information, visit myRTS.com.
About University of Rochester Medical Center
One of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University’s health research, teaching and patient care missions. Over the last five years, URMC has garnered more than $1.27 billion in biomedical research, landing the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in the top one-quarter of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding.
As upstate New York’s premier health care delivery network, patients benefit from the Medical Center’s robust teaching and biomedical research programs. The University’s health care delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital, an 830-bed, University-owned teaching hospital designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Level One Regional Trauma and Burn Center and home to Western New York’s only cardiac transplant program. With more than 26,000 part- and full-time employees, the Medical Center is the largest single component of the Rochester region’s leading employer.