RTS Transportation to/from MHS Begins December 13
The Rochester Transportation Service (RTS) bus stop at Mendon High School will re-open on Monday, December 13 after months of concerted efforts by Pittsford Schools, its Board of Education, Advocacy Team, PDTA, and PTSA to have the RTS bus stop re-established for Urban Suburban students who rely on RTS for transportation.
The bus departs from the RTS Transit Center at Mortimer Street at 7:01 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at Pittsford Mendon High School at 7:25 a.m. Urban Suburban students who attend Mendon High School should look for the “11 Monroe Express to Pitts Mendon” on the bus’s digital sign. At the end of the school day, the bus departs from Mendon High School at 3:30 p.m. and arrives at the RTS Transit Center at 3:54 p.m.
The MHS stop was eliminated during the RTS restructuring. “The District is extremely grateful to RTS who partnered with us to solve this issue, and their efforts have been nothing short of exemplary,” said Superintendent Pero who noted that RTS members attended District meetings, listened to student concerns during the peace circles, problem-solved, were empathetic and ultimately secured a stop for MHS.
In working towards a solution with RTS, PCSD:
- Hosted multiple meetings with RCSD (District Staff, Principals, Transportation) RTS, Urban Suburban Director, PTSA Urban Suburban Liaisons and others
- Offered weekly peace circles for students to discuss how they’ve been impacted
- Explored creative solutions while working with the District’s insurance carrier
- Recruiting staff and parent volunteers to transport students
- Driving personal vehicles to transport students
- Purchasing smaller buses / vans and related CDL requirement
- Worked with the Town of Pittsford to secure a crossing guard on Monroe Avenue
- Petitioned all local and state officials to assist
- Sent letters and conferenced with local legislators
- Attempted to secure private contractors
- Added a second shuttle bus driven by PCSD
- Secured funding for the new bus stop
- Convened District advocacy team and were prepared to petition all local and state officials to assist
The re-establishment of the MHS bus stop will help alleviate many issues students have faced due to the recent restructuring of RTS. Those challenges have included waking up in time to get to the City Transit Center by 6:15 a.m., making an additional bus transfer, contending with safety concerns related to crossing Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, and walking to and from bus stops in all kinds of weather, often times arriving late to school as a result. Additionally, participation in after school activities has been nearly impossible for Urban-Suburban students due to the RTS schedule. “I extend my deepest gratitude to RTS as they have found a way to bring back the RTS stop to MHS in order to support our students,” said Superintendent Pero who noted that it took multiple partners to make this happen, including the unexpected surprise of a private donor who will be assisting with the funding for this new stop. “I am grateful for the extensive time and energy so many people contributed to solve this complex problem,” said Superintendent Pero.