– We haven’t heard much about the planned downtown transit center in a while. Don’t think that’s because it’s on the back burner. The Rochester Regional Transportation Authority plans to break ground this spring on the $47 million enclosed bus facility on Mortimer and St. Paul streets.
Mark IV, owner of the high-end apartment building next door, has so far been unsuccessful in its legal attempts to halt the “bus barn.”
Tuesday night, there will be a public meeting to discuss the interior design. Aside from bus bays and bathrooms, what else will there be? There could be room for a police office, light retail and a coffee stand. Perhaps there will be amenities such as outlets for mobile devices.
The transit system carries 50,000 riders a day. Main Street functions as a de facto bus station. There are no bathrooms and riders are exposed to the elements.
Many people are worried the rowdy Liberty Pole youth will make their way to the bus station. The Liberty Pole is an outdoor area with no security. The bus station will be very different. But any discussion of the interior might want to include the atmosphere and enforcement of rules.
The bus station is expected to open in 2014.
– There’s a reason you don’t see our star governor on the Sunday morning talk shows. He has a tightly-controlled media strategy to keep him from committing gaffes and to keep him fresh for the 2016 presidential election.
I imagine every reporter in the state has been frustrated with Andrew Cuomo’s limited media access. He doesn’t come to Rochester often and when he does, television and radio reporters don’t get to ask a ton of questions.
Cuomo’s media operation is so aggressive and controlling that numerous media sources and political operatives declined to speak on the record about it, suggesting that it would get them in trouble with the governor’s office.
“If anybody even hints at saying something negative about the governor, they will get screamed at as soon as that thing hits the Web, within five minutes,” the former staffer said. “There’s a lot of intimidation.”
That said, few think Cuomo’s strategy is a bad idea.
– It seems Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse traded a decent number of residents between 2004 and 2010, as a migration map from the Urban Land Institute shows.