RPT invites the community to participate in “Try Transit Week”

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(ABC 6 News) – Rochester Public Transit is holdingTry Transit Week from October 17 to 21. It’s a week of activities and different promotions to encourage people to try transit for the first time, or to invite past riders to continue to use RPT, and reward regular riders.

During the week, RPT will be celebrating and rewarding customers who take a trip on public transit in a number of ways. To be entered, riders can log their trip on the free Arrive Rochester app, or take a selfie and post it to social media using the hashtag, #RPT_Ride.

Prizes include a one-year bus pass ($480 value); tickets to Kat Perkins at the Mayo Civic Center, RPT swag, and gift cards for local dining.

There is also a passport that riders can track when they try four different types of rides. Once they complete the passport, they can turn it in for a 5-liter RPT-branded dry bag.

“Certainly, there’s an opportunity to save a little bit of money by taking public transit,” said Nick Lemmer, the communications coordinator for Rochester Public Transit.

“American households spend up to $9,000 a year on vehicles so if you can even eliminate even one vehicle from your household because transit is a convenient option for you, that works great.”

Lemmer went on to add, “there are a lot of benefits to public transit. That includes safety, some people don’t care to drive in the winter, so a bus is a really safe alternative. And it’s actually convenient. People find when they have the opportunity to relax 10-15 minutes before they start their workday, it’s a lot more enjoyable than maybe driving through heavy traffic or weather.”

Riders should also be on the lookout for City officials who will ride the bus and be stationed at stops, rewarding riders with some goodies.

Thursday is a fare holiday. All routes, all day are free.