Expanded public transit service in Rochester begins Sunday

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(ABC 6 News) – Beginning January 16, Rochester Public Transit will implement widespread changes to enhance bus service, restoring the last of the routes that were suspended at the onset of COVID-19, and completing a long-planned system renumbering.

The changes will also improve the availability and efficiency of transit operations by increasing the number of trips by 9.6 percent system-wide and by serving new areas, bringing new transit services to an additional 2,200 Rochester residents.

Timetables for all routes will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and to add more frequent service in some cases. All weekday routes will now conform to a three-digit naming convention.

New routes—numbered 103, 202, 204, 206, 306, and 309—will replace previous route variations, take on service removed from one or more existing routes, and in some cases, expand service into new areas.

No significant route path changes will been made to the following: Express service Routes 150X, 250X, and 560X; Shopper service Routes 505 and 506; and Weekend/evening/holiday service Routes 21-26, except for Route 24.

RPT strongly recommends customers review new schedule information. New route maps and timetables are posted on the RPT website, www.rtpride.com. DoubleMap real-time bus tracking and Google Transit have also been updated with changes to go live on Sunday.