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4:39 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

New RTS Terminal Downtown Takes Another Step Forward

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The organization that runs the public bus system in Rochester marked more progress Wednesday for the new bus station downtown.

A crane helped lift the final steel beam in place for the new regional transit center just off  Clinton Avenue and Mortimer Street in Rochester. The CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Bill Carpenter, says the building is now about 40 percent complete.

"This shows that the building has reached a milestone. By the end of the year it will be fully enclosed, and by early 2015 it will be open and we'll be changing the experience of our transit customers."

Carpenter says the new bus station will provide a climate controlled experience for bus riders, as well as having an information center and RTS staff on site.

He says it will also free up space on Main Street for development since the buses won't be lining up for the stops as they used to between the river and East Avenue.