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Downtown’s push for parking

Rochester, N.Y. 50 new street parking spaces could be created along and around East Main Street in the downtown area if the Citys request for a Federal grant is approved.

The City has applied for a $1.6 million Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant that would allow the city to fund a major overhaul of Main Street.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) appeared in Downtown Rochester to support the grant, and push the federal government to approve it.

We have a unique, once in a several decade opportunity to change the situation and bring life back to Main Street once again, he said in front of the Bank of America building on East Avenue. Its estimated that by adding parking there could be hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue added to Main Street businesses.

Schumer stressed his opinion that a major detriment to economic vitality in the area was the number of bus stops, but added a new, indoor RTS bus station slated to open in November would help the situation, and allow for older bus stops be turned into street level parking.

In addition to new parking areas the plan would construct new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, bike racks and pedestrian signs, he continued. It will make Main Street a beautiful street, the kind people will want to come to live, work and shop.

Village of Webster Mayor John Cahill also announced his plans to apply for a similar $1 million TAP grant that, if approved, would allow the Village to construct new sidewalks, bike lanes and a center median extension along North Avenue.

A final decision on grant approval is expected in October according to Sen. Schumers office.

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Washington Times