Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

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Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
RGRTA color logo.png
Slogan Driving Forward
Founded 1969
Headquarters Rochester, NY
Locale Monroe and surrounding counties
Service area Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Wayne, Wyoming, Seneca, Orleans counties; New York
Service type Public Transit
Destinations Rochester and surrounding area
Hubs RGRTA Transit Center Opening November 2014
Fleet Bus, Van
Operator RTS, B-Line, LATS, WATS, WYTS, STS, OTS, Lift Line
Chief executive Bill Carpenter
Website Official Website

The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is a public benefit organization which provides transportation services in the area in and around Rochester, New York. Currently, RGRTA oversees the daily operation of eleven subsidiaries under the parent company of the RGRTA including the Regional Transit Service (RTS), Batavia Bus Service (BBS), Livingston Area Transit Service (LATS), Wayne Area Transit Service (WATS), Wyoming Transit Service (WYTS), Wyoming Transit Service (WYTS), Orleans Transit Service (OTS), Seneca Transit Service (STS) and Lift Line.[1]

History[edit]

Public Transportation in the greater Rochester area can trace it's roots back to the streetcar and interurban lines operated by the Rochester Railway Company and later New York State Railways. In 1938 the Rochester operations of New York State Railways were reorganized as the Rochester Transit Corporation. This privately owned, for-profit transit company operated the remaining rail and bus transit routes in Rochester and surrounding areas. The last rail route closed in 1956 when the city-owned Rochester Subway was closed although the affiliated and RTC owned industrial railway continued on the city's west side for a while longer.

RGRTA was formed in 1968 by a state act of government which also formed three similar agencies in Syracuse, Buffalo, and the Capital District around Albany.

The RGRTA took over the Rochester Transit Corporation from the City of Rochester (which several years earlier had purchased it from private interests renaming it Rochester Transit Service or RTS and by that point was only operating the busses) and later began expanding bus service to outlying suburban and rural areas. The lines that made up the former Rochester Transit Corporation service became part of the Regional Transit Service (RTS) in Rochester and Monroe County. RGRTA's Regional Transit Service (RTS) took over the former RTC bus routes and began expanding service to outlying suburban and rural areas throughout Rochester and Monroe County.[2]

Regional Transit Service[edit]

Logo of Regional Transit Service

The largest subsidiary of the RGRTA, Regional Transit Service (RTS) serves Monroe County (Rochester and its immediate suburbs) as well as providing service to students at University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. Suburban and park-and-ride routes serve the outlying towns in Monroe County and many surrounding counties such as Genesee, Orleans, Wayne and Ontario counties, including (in these counties) service into Avon, Victor, Lyons, and Le Roy).

Bus routes[edit]

Regional Transit Service operates 28 individual routes, most of which operate on a hub and spoke system from Downtown Rochester. City routes currently originate from Main and Clinton, or Main and St. Paul Street. Suburban routes and park and ride routes currently operate from a transit center located at Broad and Chestnut Streets. Starting in November 2014 all routes will move to the new RGRTA Transit Center on Mortimer Street. With the move will come a change in routes, stops and times.

In downtown Rochester and some outer terminals, buses may be found to interline, in which a bus may operate between two or more different routes during scheduled runs.

Two routes (numbers 12-9th Ward/MCC and 27-Unity) do not serve Downtown Rochester.

The current conventional routes operated by Regional Transit Service include:

  • 1 Lake/Park
  • 2 Thurston/Parsells to Laurenton
  • 3 Lyell/Goodman
  • 4 Hudson/Genesee via Melrose
  • 5 St. Paul/South Av.
  • 6 Clifford/Jefferson
  • 7 North Clinton/Monroe
  • 8 East Main/Chili Av/Genesee Park Blvd.
  • 9 Bay/Webster/Jay/Maple/Buffalo Av.
  • 10 Dewey/Portland
  • 11 Joseph/So. Clinton
  • 12 9th Ward/M.C.C.
  • 13 Edison
  • 14 West Ridge/East Ridge
  • 15 Latta
  • 16 Crosstown via Driving Park Blvd.
  • 17 East Avenue
  • 18/19 Plymouth/University
  • 20 Spencerport/Brockport
  • 21 Fairport
  • 22 Penfield
  • 24 Marketplace Mall/R.I.T.
  • 30 Webster
  • 50 Mt. Hope
  • 91 Suburban Plaza/Avon
  • 92 Eastview Mall/Lyons
  • 96 Hilton/Hamlin/Clarkson

Other subsidiaries[edit]

  • Batavia Bus Service (BBS) serves Genesee County with local bus service in the city of Batavia, commuter service to and from Le Roy, and once-weekly dial-a-ride service to many of the smaller outlying communities of Wyoming County. Also of note, the BBS is the oldest of the smaller subsidiaries of the RGRTA network.[3]
  • Livingston Area Transit Service (LATS) serves Livingston County with several routes connecting with the county seat of Geneseo and to sites in/near Rochester. It also operates a local bus service in Geneseo and special service for students at SUNY Geneseo. One line connects to Wyoming Transit Service (WYTS) buses in Perry.[4]
  • Wayne Area Transit Service (WATS) serves Wayne County with several loop routes based around the county seat of Newark and the town of Sodus. WATS joined the RGRTA as a subsidiary in 1980.[5] A shuttle service also connects with Regional Transit Service (RTS) buses during commuting hours in Lyons.
  • Wyoming Transit Service (WYTS) serves Wyoming County, running three loops connecting towns in the community to the county seat of Warsaw. A local loop bus service is also offered to passengers weekdays in the Village of Warsaw.
  • Orleans Transit Service (OTS) serves Orleans County with a focus on the larger villages of Albion and Medina with one line connecting to the Batavia Bus Service (BBS) subsidiary in Batavia, and special service for students at SUNY Brockport.
  • Seneca Transit Service (STS) serves Seneca County with a focus on Geneva, Seneca Falls, and Waterloo. Additional service also operates on a less frequent schedule as far south as Interlaken and Lodi.
  • LiftLine, Inc. (provider of paratransit services to the area served within 3/4 mile of any fixed RTS route)
  • RGRTA Maritime Development Corporation
  • Genesee Transportation Service Council Staff, Inc.

Planned subsidiaries[edit]

Two additional subsidiaries are in the planning stages:

  • A subsidiary serving Canandaigua and Ontario County, New York, either as an extension of Seneca Transit Service (STS) or as stand-alone subsidiary all its own. At this present date, Ontario County operates Ontario CATS a fixed route and dial-a-ride system, as a separate entity, without the RGRTA as a parent company.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

References and Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Authorities Administrative File: RGRTA". State of New York - Office of State Comptroller. p. 3. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.rgrta.com/aboutus.aspx
  3. ^ "RGRTA - Regional Operations: BBS Services". RGRTA. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "RGRTA - Regional Operations: LATS". Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "RGRTA Regional Operations: WATS Service". Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved 8 May 2011.