The RTS Transit Center Is A Public Transportation Marvel
When The RTS Transit Center opened in 2014, it was a public transportation marvel. The RTS Transit Center eliminated the need to wait outside in the weather for a bus.
There’s no more running around on Main Street trying to find your bus. And buying bus passes are easier than ever with their new vending machines.
Now it’s possible to buy your bus passes with a credit or debit card, eliminating the need to carry exact change with you.
And for those who need help purchasing tickets or information about bus routes, there’s help desks available.
Overall, the RTS Transit Center Is Not Only Better Than the Old System, It’s Won Many Awards
RTS Transit Center Has Vending Machines To Purchase Passes
While you’re waiting for your bus in the climate controlled terminal, you can buy your bus passes from a vending machine.
There’s many options to chooses from. You can buy a one ride pass. Two ride pass. All day pass. Monthly pass. And even discounted senior passes.
You can buy any type of bus pass with your debit or credit card that doesn’t expire until activated
The RTS Transit Center Is A Huge Improvement
Buying tickets aren’t the only improvements made to the RTS Transit System.
A long time ago, before the RTS Transit Center was ever thought of, you had to wait for your bus on the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue.
This system made it very difficult to find your bus, and subjected you to waiting in crude bus shelters. But all that changed.
Welcome to the future of public transportation
What I like About The New RTS Transit Center
A while ago, I worked downtown, and I’d use the RTS Transit Center twice a day. Once to arrive to work. And a second time at night to get home.
At first the RTS Transit Center seemed confusing, because they changed all the bus route numbers, and assigned them to specific gates.
But this all became very easy to understand, and I’ll tell you why
The RTS Transit Center is similar to an airport with terminals for each bus route.
If you’ve ever flown before, this will seem very familiar and easy to understand.
LED Screens are available in multiple locations throughout the RTS Transit Center
With LED screens everywhere, displaying all the bus routes, all it takes is one quick glance upward.
And for those who like to keep a physical copy with them at all times, there’s no need to worry.
There’s a section where you can find every updated bus route available.
How The RTS Transit Center Could Be Improved
At night while waiting for my bus to arrive, I appreciated the semi-comfortable steel benches. It sure beat having to stand for my hour wait.
And I like the wheel chair section where I could put my Brompton folding bicycle. This was a very helpful feature for the nights when I didn’t feel like riding home or the weather was too terrible.
I just wish they had one at every terminal, because on busy nights the benches fill up fast.
When this happened, it provided no place to sit. And when the buses were late due to bad weather, it made for an unpleasant experience.
Especially for the physically handicapped or elderly! Good thing I’m neither.
Weather isn’t the only thing that makes the RTS Transit Center buses late
The Wait Time Between Buses Is Long
Besides the buses running more frequent during the morning hours, and slower in the afternoon and weekends, they often leave the terminal late.
What would cause the RTS Transit Center buses to leave late?
There’s a few reasons why this would happen. The spots where the RTS buses park is very narrow, requiring a supervisor to help the buses back out.
If there’s no supervisor available, the bus has to wait until one is. I’ve witnessed on many occasions, the bus leaving up to 15-20 minutes late.
My suggestion would be to hire more RTS Transit Center supervisors
RTS Transit Center Restrooms Are Filthy
Waiting a long time for a bus can be very difficult. It can test your patience to the absolute limit, especially when you have to use the restroom.
The problem is that the RTS Transit Center restrooms are disgusting. Every single time I went in there, there was garbage thrown all over the floor. And the toilets weren’t flushed.
I find this type of behavior unacceptable. There’s no excuse for adults to create this type of mess while using public restrooms.
Due to these reasons, I never attempted to enter the restrooms while waiting at the RTS Transit Center.
Besides, the restrooms at the RTS Transit Center are often closed to the public.
Do you think it could be due to the unnecessary filth in the bathrooms?
Put A Few Places To Eat Inside The RTS Transit Center
During long waits for the bus, it would be nice to have a few places to eat such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, etc.
There’s just one problem
If the restrooms are any indication, there’d be litter all over the place, because some people can’t throw their garbage away like responsible adults. And I don’t blame the RTS Transit Center for not wanting unsanitary conditions.
And seeing that some people can’t go to the RTS Transit Center without causing a problem, I can see why it would be difficult to enforce such rules. It’s a shame that some people have to ruin it for the rest.