Final approvals were granted Thursday for a $50 million transit center on Mortimer Street. Excavation work is to begin Monday. The new facility will allow outdoor stops along Main Street, St. Paul Street and Clinton Avenue to be consolidated at one indoor location.">
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RTS Transit Center receives final OKs; excavation to start Monday

By THOMAS ADAMS - 10/4/2012 3:57:28 PM

Final approvals were granted Thursday for a $50 million transit center on Mortimer Street. Excavation work is to begin Monday.

The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority’s board of commissioners signed off on funding and construction contracts for a one-story building that will stretch from South Clinton Avenue to St. Paul Street.

The new facility will allow outdoor stops along Main Street, St. Paul Street and Clinton Avenue to be consolidated at one indoor location.

“The (Regional Transit Service Inc.) Transit Center will transform the way people in our community use public transportation,” RGRTA CEO William Carpenter said in a statement Thursday.

“Its unique design and user-friendly features will greatly improve and enhance the experience of our customers, and will certainly attract more Rochesterians to ride our buses. RTS currently averages nearly 55,000 daily boardings, many of which transfer downtown.”

Preliminary site preparation is under way, officials said. The official groundbreaking is scheduled for November. The multiyear project is expected to create as many as 50 jobs, and more than 400 construction jobs, officials said.

The Federal Transit Administration is providing $40 million for the project, with the state Department of Transportation and the RGRTA each contributing $5 million, officials said.

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