Regional Transit Service plans to build six new, hi-tech bus shelters that will make up the Mt. Hope Station’s Transit Center in the area surrounding the University of Rochester, and College Town, RTS officials said.
According to RTS, the installation will be complete by the end of 2015.
“This project really addresses some unique transit needs in this area,” RTS director of engineering Mark Ballerstein stated. “We think spreading the station out over the large area of the URMC campus will make transit more easily accessible for employees, patients, residents and students.”
Ballerstein said the new stations will include amenities such as bike racks, seating and lean rails, lighting, video surveillance, and heat and Blue Light security systems at designated locations. Digital signage will display messaging, and RTS arrival data in real time, he stated.
A prototype currently has been installed on Mt. Hope Ave. at Celebration Dr. In addition, the other five locations will be as follows:
- Golisano Children’s Hospital entrance at Strong Memorial Hospital (Crittenden Blvd. side)
- Mental Health and Wellness entrance of URMC (on Crittenden Blvd., between Whipple Circle and Kendrick Rd.)
- School of Medicine, Elmwood Ave.
- Eastman Dental, Elmwood Ave.
- Between Bruegger’s and McDonalds, Mt. Hope Ave.
The cost of the project will be $3 million. Eighty percent has been funded by the Federal Transportation Administration, 10 percent by the New York State Department of Transportation, and 10 percent by RTS.
In addition, Bergmann Associates, The Pike Co. and Brasco International will be performing the design and construction of the stations.
Development of the remaining shelters, for the bus eight routes which currently serve the area, will begin in June 2015.