Rochesterians happily enjoy the ride to their new bus barn.
Bus transit here in our region fell off the wall last night, as Rochester City Council turned our regional transit “agency” loose to construct a 26 bay bus transfer facility downtown. The proposal passed 7-2, one vote short of defeat.
Some of us spoke up. It didn’t help.
Transit in this region is stuck in the 1950s – even though life here in our region has changed drastically over the last half century. All we have are buses, and all they do is go downtown and back out on ancient radial paths. If real people didn’t have to rely on this system every day, rain or shine, snow or heat, it would be laughable.
Unfortunately real people do use this system, and the system will still be incomprehensibly obsolete despite the transfusion of massive amounts of cash. (How, exactly, do you spend $750 a square foot on a bus station: both Detroit’s and Nashville’s recent bus barns, about the same size, were built for way less than half this amount)?
For those of us who have spent a lifetime working in transit, this is pretty sad stuff. We watch some cities trying hard to get transit right, and a few actually succeeding. As of last night, Rochester has proven that it will be free of this kind of success for some time to come.
By the way, Humpty didn’t fall. He was pushed.
I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it. Groucho Marx