Who doesn’t like to kick off the holidays with the Liberty Pole lighting in downtown Rochester?

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On Saturday, I attended the lighting ceremony, and enjoyed the bands, and the mayor flipping the switch to turn the lights on, before heading to my first holiday get-together of the month.

While the City of Rochester has events that are tradition, we are in an age of transition. With projects like the Inner Loop, we’ll see the city so many have known to look a certain way change before our eyes.

Eyeing accessibility, and attract-ability, access to jobs, and investment in our sustainable future, projects to affect transportation, and provide options are underway. This evening I attended a discussion regarding transportation, hosted by Reconnect Rochester, with Mike Governale speaking, along with Erik Frisch, a City of Rochester transportation specialist. There were some interesting ideas and projects discussed and below are a few items I thought particularly interesting:

  1. Mike brought up several points like growing the transit system, focus job growth along existing routes- allowing for access to jobs, continue to grow bike routes and provide other alternatives.
  2. He also said that some cities have decreased waiting times for public transportation by increasing services. However, how that would increase cost was not discussed.
  3. Erik Frisch discussed that Rochester could become a car-optional city. NY is only one of 3 states that doesn’t allow some kind of rideshare program, and with millennial growth here up 12%, we need to provide options to not only attract, but retain younger city residents. Uber isn’t just the only focus, but bike lanes and bike share programs, like Zagster, allowing walkability, as well as a speedier bus service in specific areas, like the public market, as one attendee raised as a possibility where such a service could be beneficial.

I experienced Uber in Washington DC in October, and found it incredibly easy to use, but as Frisch pointed out, taxi services could modernize and provide an app-based service.

In a discussion I had a few months ago, several friends and I talked about how one service or option to fix our transportation issue is not the answer. And it was great to see this evening, that was the consensus of the parties involved in the presentation and planning as well.