Bus Stop Cubes Could Give Transit Riders in Rochester a Place to Rest

Bus Stop Cubes Could Give Transit Riders in Rochester a Place to Rest

This article was scraped from Rochester Subway. This is a blog about Rochester history and urbanism has not been published since 2017. The current owners are now publishing link spam which made me want to preserve this history.. The original article was published November 23, 2014 and can be found here.

Reconnect Rochester is aiming to come up with a solution for the lack of seating at bus stops in our region.

     By       Mike Governale

Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however,     Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution

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which they believe could change this picture...

The volunteers at Reconnect Rochester recently tested a prototype bus stop seat shaped like a cube at two locations: The PriceRite at     Dewey & Driving Park

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and     N. Union St.

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at the Public Market. As the     video

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above shows, the results were very positive.

This woman says her legs have a tendency to give out on her, and the CUBE is the perfect height for her - not to low to the ground.

   These woman had just finished shopping and were waiting for their #10 bus when they were introduced to the CUBE seat. One of the women said that when she's waiting for her bus, sometimes her legs give out. And she says the bus stop cube is the perfect height for her. She said many of the standard benches throughout the city are actually too low for her to get up out of easily.

For these RIT students a 40-minute wait for their bus was made more enjoyable because they had a place to sit and talk.

   These two students at the Public Market had just missed their bus back to RIT. A 40-minute wait for their next bus was made more enjoyable because they had a place to sit and talk.

Because of our small bus stop improvement, this woman felt like

   And this woman said she was overjoyed when she saw the little green cube seat. Because of this small improvement, she felt like "the system" was actually thinking of her.

So what do you think? Leave a     comment    below.

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How YOU Can Help...

Tell us where you'd like to see a bus stop seat by leaving a comment below, or pinning the location on this map.

   Do you know of a Rochester bus stop that could use a seat? Reconnect Rochester is asking for people to pin those locations on this     interactive map

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They're also looking for sponsors/donors who can help pay for materials or donate work space and/or helping hands to build cubes.

If you would like to help, please contact      [email protected]    or call 585-354-6232 (leave a brief message and your contact info).

You can also     make a tax-deductible contribution    to Reconnect Rochester today, and help them move this idea (and others) forward in 2015.

Chris Gemignani

Chris Gemignani

Rochester, NY, USA