Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — On a day where such structures would be highly beneficial, officials from the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority discussed the progress made to add bus shelters and a new maintenance facility in Orleans County.
The regional transportation provider plans to add four shelters along highly-trafficked bus stops in the coming months, with the $1.8 million garage complex scheduled to begin construction in two years.
RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter was among a cavalcade of officials to come in from the nasty late-winter weather to speak with county legislators before the board’s regular meeting. Carpenter told legislators that the authority is seeing more riders across it’s seven-county kingdom as both baby boomers and young workers opt to live without cars.
”We’ve had record ridership across our markets as the cost of driving a car increases,” Carpenter said.
Locally, the decade-old Orleans Transportation Service set a new single-day ridership record earlier this month and has seen March ridership increase by 19 percent compared to last year. The service’s seven buses are projected to have brought more than 35,000 riders to work, school, shopping or medical sites.
The authority is planning to construct a new building near the county highway department in Albion that would provide indoor bus maintenance and storage as well as offices.
RGRTA Director of Engineering Mark Ballerstein said the authority has received grant funding for preliminary design work, which will begin next month, as well as environmental review and final design work. Ballerstein said the environmental review should be completed next year, with the project commencing in the spring of 2015.
Bus shelters will arrive sooner. Legislator and OTS Commissioner Henry Smith Jr. said bus shelters at the county administration building and on Route 98 outside of Rite Aid will be in place this spring. Additional sites are being examined in Medina and Holley.