Immediately after Labor Day, RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter was on hand for the inaugural voyage of the newest addition to RTS' stable of bus routes. A route planned with the University of Rochester Medical Center's parking situation in mind, Route 52 crosses through the heart of the vibrant Monroe and Park Avenue communities before terminating at the brand new East Avenue Wegman's store. This new alignment, which follows a rigid 30 minute departure schedule from 6-10AM and 2:30-7PM (with a single midday trip), has had us at Reconnect excited for some time. We've finally crunched the numbers to bring the public an idea of just how much this development is enhancing service.
As can be seen on the map (click to enlarge), bus 52 overlaps significant sections of the 1 - Park Avenue and 11 - Goodman Street routes. It also provides alternative crosstown service to the original weekday crosstown route, the 18/19 loop via 12 Corners, Brighton. We'll start with the implications for crosstown service as we identify 5 attributes that make Route 52 a highly attractive and noteworthy option in our region's alternative transportation network.
- When Route 52 is in service, its addition to the 18/19 crosstown route reduces average wait time for travel between Strong and Wegmans from 33 to 16 minutes.
- Route 52 extends evening options. Last 19 to Wegmans from Strong: 6:20, Last 52: 7:05. Last 18 to Strong from Wegmans: 5:51, Last 52 6:35.
- Addition of Route 52 reduces average wait time for travel along Route 11G between Swillburg and the Rochester Psych Center. during periods of overlapping service from 45 to 18 minutes.
- Addition of Route 52 reduces average wait time for travel along Route 1 between Wegmans and Park/Goodman during peak periods from an already respectable 23 minutes to a quite excellent 13 minutes.
- Route 52 utilizes the same schedule 7 days a week.