Fresh off of ROC Transit Day, an initiative by a local grassroots team of passionate urbanites called Reconnect Rochester, we have been inspired to look at our city's transportation offerings a little more closely. We think the RTS bus system is absolutely necessary here in Rochester at this moment in time, but admittedly, taking public transportation can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience - especially if you'd only like to go from one end of downtown to the other - walking may just be faster.
If you've ever lived in New York City or have visited, you know that the subway is a consistent mode of transportation that can be counted on (for the most part) - regularly. Wouldn't it be great if our downtown had a trolley, or subway, or something that simply looped around the same path every 15, 20, or 30 minutes?
Well, if you think about it, for the last week we got to try out what this would be like in downtown Rochester. The Jazz Fest has provided the best experimental tool -
The Jazz Fest Shuttle! Running through Saturday, June 27th, it's FREE and operating every day. Listen, we loved it for the simple fact that we could loop around downtown in about 15 minutes time, there were no fare cards to swipe, and the stops were quick and straightforward. Hop on, hop off. As simple as that.
Here's the official FREE Shuttle Map provided by the Xerox International Rochester Jazz Fest.
The trolley was half-full (we're optimists!) for a minute or two, and then it was just our team riding the transport for most of the way.
We started at the Chestnut and East Avenue pick-up stop. We then headed towards Chestnut and Main Street to drop off the hungry festival goers at the fest's food truck area.
From there the shuttle went over to Harro East near Abilene, looping around towards the Sibley Building for a stop at the Liberty Pole. We then headed towards the new Hilton Garden Inn on Main Street, taking Stone Street over to the Washington Square Park Neighborhood. Driving between Legacy Tower and the Central Library, we headed over to the last stop on Broad Street near Chestnut.
Now, I know this post may seem ridiculous to some - but with hundreds (possibly thousands!) of new residents, businesses, and workers coming back to downtown - wouldn't it be nice and convenient to offer something like this year round? Let us know what you think...