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City to hold session on parking, commuting

The city of Rochester, as part of a survey of downtown workers to develop alternatives for those who commute and park in the center city, has scheduled a public information session for Monday.

The session is 4 to 6 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County on South Avenue. The city is surveying downtown workers to study ways to enhance commuting and traffic circulation.

“Big changes are in store for our downtown and we value commuters who bring vitality to the center city,” Mayor Robert Duffy said in a statement Wednesday. “Their first-hand feedback is invaluable as we plan for the future.”

The changes, Duffy said, include:

  • themove this month of ESL Federal Credit Union and some 350 workers to Chestnut Street from Irondequoit;
  • the relocation this year of Nothnagle Realtors headquarters and 70 workers to West Main Street;
  • the construction of a new Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory at Plymouth Avenue and Broad Street;
  • and the expansion of the Eastman Theatre on Gibbs Street.

Those that attend Monday’s information session can review information and ask questions of city representatives and members of the survey project team.

The city is gauging interest in a transit shuttle to connect new or underused parking facilities in or near downtown with major downtown destinations.

The shuttle could save commuters money by allowing them to park inside or outside the center city and be transported to their workplace, city officials said. Carpooling and other methods of reducing commuter traffic downtown also are being looked at in the survey.

Downtown workers can participate in the survey by going go www.rsgsurvey.com/commuting/intro.asp. The deadline for responses is March 29.

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