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Rochester’s $50 million bus station will open Nov. 28 and the conversion of St. Paul Street and North Clinton Avenue from one-way to two-way will be done by then, Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority officials announced Tuesday.
The completion of the transit center on Mortimer Street, just north of East Main Street, is to come five months earlier than originally planned. Officials had been targeting spring 2015.
“When the city and county encouraged us to move as quickly as possible, we assessed our internal resources and were able to move forward,” RGRTA CEO William Carpenter said in a statement.
Project manager the Pike Co. needed the city’s conversion of St. Paul Street and North Clinton Avenue to two-way streets prior to the opening, Carpenter said, and the county needed to complete its work on traffic signals.
In addition, Carpenter said, Pike has kept the project ahead of schedule.
RGRTA oversees public transportation in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming and Seneca counties. Its chief subsidiary, the Regional Transit Service, serves Rochester and its Monroe County suburbs.
RTS provides up to 65,000 trips daily, with more than 20,000 customers passing through downtown Rochester, Carpenter said.
The new station will allow downtown passengers to wait for the bus in an enclosed facility instead of open-air locations along Main Street, St. Paul Street and Clinton Avenue, officials said.
“The early completion of the RTS transit center and the conversion of St. Paul Street and North Clinton Avenue to two-way streets benefits our community’s mass-transit commuters and downtown Rochester,” Mayor Lovely Warren said in the statement.
“This has been a brutal winter for many of our transit-dependent residents and we don’t want them to face another winter out in the cold making transfers.”
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