In Case You Missed It: Rochester Street Films

November 23rd, 2015
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Rochester Street Films at The Little Theatre. Thursday, November 19, 2015.
If you weren’t in the audience this past Thursday evening at the first-ever Rochester Street Films, well, you missed one heck of a good time. Maybe you got stuck in traffic and had to turn back. We get it, life happens. While we can’t recreate the energetic live panel discussions, we can at least share a portion of the event with you here…

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Bus Cube Update

October 31st, 2015
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This summer, Reconnect Rochester placed these bus stop cubes at several locations around the city. With your help, we hope to add more next spring.
Posted by: Daniel Speciale, volunteer at Reconnect Rochester

You may recall reading some time ago that Reconnect Rochester had come up with a temporary solution to the lack of seating at Rochester’s bus stops. Here’s an update…

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Rochester Street Films… Little Theatre, 11.19.2015

October 5th, 2015
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Join us for the very first Rochester Street Films event at The Little Theatre. Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Join us at The Little Theatre on November 19
for the first ever Rochester Street Films event.

Through short film clips and community discussion moderated by Rachel Barnhart (WROC-TV) we will explore “the future of transportation” in and around Rochester—in particular, walking, biking, & public transit.

We’ll see how cities around the world are implementing smart transportation design and policies to create better places to live, work and play. And we’ll also hear from local experts and everyday Rochesterians about the current and future state of transportation in Monroe County.

Films from external link
and local footage by Rochester’s own Alex and Ander external link.

Guest panelists will include:

  • Erik Frisch – City of Rochester, Transportation Specialist
  • Miguel Velázquez – RTS, Chief Operating Officer
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer – Rochester Downtown Development Corp.
  • Karen Elam – United Way Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
  • Kerry Ivers – Irondequoit, Town Planner
  • Elizabeth Murphy – Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Active Transportation Specialist
  • Adam McFadden – Rochester City Council
  • William McDonald – Medical Motor Service
  • Michael Tomb – Highland Placemaking Team
  • Scott Wagner – Rochester Cycling Alliance
  • …And more!

Plus… live demonstrations by Maxwell Motorbikes external link and Sweet Beez external link with their bike-powered honey extractor!

(Sorry to report Sweetbeez had to cancel due to lack of volunteers. Maybe next time.)


DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8:30p
LOCATION: The Little, Theater 1 external link [RTS Routes: 31, 57, 81]


The online reservation period has closed, but you can still show up at the door up until the event starts. And please consider making an end-of-year donation to Reconnect Rochester. Thanks!

Your contribution will help us reach our $7500 fundraising goal so we can hire part time staff and expand our programs in 2016.

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What’s the frequency, RTS?

October 4th, 2015
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How would the RTS coverage map look if we considered the actual frequency of bus service. [IMAGE: Regional Transit Service]
Posted by: Mike Governale, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

The map above shows Rochester’s public transit network. Looks impressive with all of its lines stretching out across Monroe County. From Webster to Chili; Greece to Penfield; there’s a bus or two to get you there. On the other hand, if our transit network were really as good as it looks on this map, why are less than 2% of all trips in Rochester made using public transit?

Hmmm… Maybe because parking is cheaper than air here in Rochester?

Well, yes. But also, this map might be overstating the effective reach of RTS. Remember, a transit system is only good if it’s there when you need it…

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Rochester Intermodal Station Construction Update

September 5th, 2015
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Rochester Intermodal Station Construction Update
Posted by: Mike Governale, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

Since ground broke on Rochester’s new intermodal station last October, people have been asking us, “What’s happening with the new station? …When’s it going to be finished?!”

The grounds surrounding Rochester’s current Amtrak station have been swarming with construction activity since the springtime. But with any project of this size and significance, progress may at times appear agonizingly slow. The bottom line is: work is progressing and rail passengers should be using the new station by September 2017.

You can find all of this information on the NYSDOT website external link but so you don’t have to go digging, here’s an overview of what’s been happening…

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Introducing “Streets for the People”

August 6th, 2015
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Streets for the People
Posted by: board member Renee Stetzer, pedestrian safety advocate and blogger at

Regular, everyday citizens rallying together can set in motion great change in our communities. After all, the people who are most in touch with what is needed in our neighborhoods are those who live, walk, ride, play, drive, shop and work in them every day.

Reconnect Rochester is happy to announce a new initiative that is a direct result of everyday citizen action: Streets for the People

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New Bus Routes and Faster Service Planned for Henrietta

July 29th, 2015
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New RTS Route 124 from downtown to Marketplace Mall in Henrietta.
Posted by: Jason Partyka, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

RTS customers will soon see improvements and added service to the Henrietta-Jefferson Road corridor in the Town of Henrietta. Existing bus routes being modified are 24/24A Marketplace Mall/East Henrietta and 101 Avon. New routes will be designated 23 Jefferson Rd., 83 Calkins Rd. and 124 Marketplace Limited. The changes are expected to streamline service and provide greater access to key retail, business and residential destinations. Changes will go into effect on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. RTS has scheduled six information sessions for customers and community residents to learn about the route changes…

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Monroe County Crash Map

July 13th, 2015
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Monroe County Crash Map
Posted by: Mike Governale, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

Just about every day on the local news we hear about a crime that took place somewhere in our community. And usually after that news you’ll often hear a traffic report… “An accident at the I-590 split has traffic backed up ALL the way to 104. You better give yourself some extra time for your commute this morning!”

What we don’t often hear about—or think about—are the lives that were impacted as a result of that car crash that has inconvenienced our drive.

Now here’s something that might help put your daily traffic report in perspective: between 2010-2014 there were 22,389 car crashes in Monroe County which resulted in at least one injury or fatality. The volunteers at Reconnect Rochester have been hard at work collecting that data. And a new “Crash Map” external link they’ve created is revealing an enormously high human toll on our local roadways…

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Final Call to Put Your Business on Main Street

July 6th, 2015
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The City of Rochester was looking for someone to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester (similar to this one in Portland, OR. If no one responds by the end of this week, the shelters will likely be removed.  [PHOTO: Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.]
Posted by: Mike Governale, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

In case you’ve missed this story, downtown Rochester has 5 large retro-style bus shelters dotting Main Street between the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and East Ave. These shelters are no longer being used by RTS since the opening of the Transit Center. But before the City tears them down, we thought we would try to find someone who might be interested in turning them into something new – such as sidewalk cafes, vendors, newsstands, etc…

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ROC Transit Day 2015

June 8th, 2015
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ROC Transit Day is next week!

ROC Transit Day is next week – Thursday, June 18. Rochester will be going car-free in support of a healthier community and we’ve lined up a fun day to celebrate… bus rides for you and the family, a street dance competition external link, city-wide treasure hunt external link, music all afternoon outside Rochester Central Library. Oh, and did someone say flash mob external link?

So if you haven’t already, pull together a team of friends or co-workers and hop a bus on June 18. And if you need fare cards, contact us now external link. See the full event schedule…

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