Updated: 04/10/2014 12:31 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 12:22 PM WHEC.com
The City of Rochester has partnered with RGRTA and Reconnect Rochester to consider proposals to rework one of the six downtown bus shelters that are set to close due to the opening of the new RTS facility in November.
RTS buses that currently wait for passengers along Main Street will now turn into the new facility on Mortimer Street. The six shelters from Genesee River to Chestnut Street will be closed.
Reconnect Rochester has been reaching out to local businesses and developers who may be interested in adapting the shelters. People on their Facebook page have offered ideas such as coffee kiosks and newsstands.
"Initially we asked the City about relocating these shelters to other bus stops around Rochester. But the cost and logistics of moving them isn't a viable option for us," says Mike Governale, president of Reconnect Rochester. "So we figured the next best thing would be to invite the community to find new and innovative uses for these beautiful, and highly visible landmarks."
One local food vendor and a downtown developer have shown interest in the project.
Interested parties can send their contact info and proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reconnect Rochester says there is no deadline for the proposals, but they are set to be removed on November 28, 2014.