RGRTA Unveils Signature Buses for Two Counties

The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) held two press conferences today, Saturday, May 22, 2010, to officially celebrate and unveil newly named buses bearing the names of employees’ children and grandchildren in its Seneca Transit Service (STS) and Wayne Area Transportation Service (WATS) fleets. RGRTA began acquiring the new buses in the winter of 2009.“This begins a new tradition for RGRTA – one that has created much excitement amongst the employees. The purpose of the program is to celebrate employees and their families and express their value to the team and the organization as a whole”, said Mark Aesch, Chief Executive Officer of RGRTA. Naming of vehicles is new to the Authority but not a new concept. “We borrowed the idea from our friends at Federal Express who hold a similar contest to name new planes in their fleet”, noted Aesch. “These kids, these buses strengthen our ties to the community we serve. Many of the children whose names appear on these buses today will be graduating high school and starting college when these buses are retired.”Chief Executive Officer, Mark Aesch was joined in Seneca Falls by New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio, Seneca Falls Mayor Diana Smith, representative from Assemblyman Brian Kolb’s office, John Woodworth and several local officials. Jim Hoffman (Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors); Supervisors Jolene Bender (Town of Marion), Kenneth Lauderdale (Town of Savannah),Brian Manktelow (Town of Lyons); Mayor Peter Blandino (Village of Newark) and Newark Village Trustee Helen Blandino; joined Mark Aesch and Senator Nozzolio in honoring WATS employees and their families at the Blue Cut Nature Center. “RGRTA has opened up the Finger Lakes region to the world and provides invaluable services to our local residents, who use the busses every day to commute to work, go to school, shop or see their families. They also play an important role in local tourism and are used by thousands of people who visit our region every year,” said Senator Nozzolio. “The continued success of RGRTA will help create additional job opportunities and businesses development in Upstate New York for years to come. I congratulate all of their hardworking employees for their outstanding service to our community.”RGRTA has seen the highest ridership in nearly 20 years with 17 million customers on board. RGRTA credits this ridership increase to higher quality customer service. Ridership is 2.5 times the national average. When public transit systems across the country are cutting service and raising fares, RGRTA continues to expand service in response to the increase in demand and is committed to keeping the fare stable for the next three years. “As ridership at the Authority grows at a rate two times higher than the national average – our public transportation system is a key component to strengthening the local economy, growing our fleet was essential to meet the service demands of the community,” said Aesch.The names will remain on display for the life of the each bus. Employees and family members looked on as the children were honored with commemorative certificates and a photo of their bus. STS unveiled 7 new 25ft. 12-passenger buses bearing the name of a STS employee’s child or grandchild and WATS unveiled 8 new 22ft. 16 -passenger and 3 new 30ft. 32-passenger signature buses.

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