Senator Charles Schumer is in Rochester Monday, talking about a campaign to transform Main Street in the city.
He says he will try to secure federal money to transform Main Street into a thriving area for pedestrians and retail. The New York Democrat notes that for years, the fact that Main Street was used as a transfer point for buses has stifled retail growth and pedestrian-friendly development.
Schumer says with the new RTS bus station to open near Saint Paul Street in November, a lot of that traffic will be moved off of Main Street creating an opportunity to revitalize the area.
The senator says that he is pushing for the city of Rochester to get a $1.6 million federal grant to help overhaul Main Street, including creating up to 50 new parking spaces.
Schumer is also announcing his support today for a million dollars in grant money for a separate project to construction new sidewalks, bike lanes and other work in the Village of Webster.