The Rochester Regional Service Transit Center on St. Paul Street which opened in 2011, is a popular spot to travel around the city. Yet, three incidents at and around the facility this month has some customers concerned.
Earlier in February, a security guard was hurt trying to break up a fight, and in a separate event, a teen suffered a stab wound in the upper body. Then just last week, the Facebook Live gang assault that took place in the vicinity that left a man hospitalized with head trauma. Those we spoke with think the bus terminal is a great resource for the city, but feel the location is not ideal, and the internal transit security detail might be a bit overwhelmed at times.
Desmond Duncan says, “I wouldn’t want my mother coming down here. Because there’s a lot of activity down here that’s not good. And you’ve got the rehab next door that really doesn’t make sense.”
“Yeah, I’d like to see more maybe police here if that would be possible,” says Christina Miller.
Glenn Santini adds, “Those security guards can’t do it all. I would say, you know, instead of being across the street over there, maybe actually be in the transit center.”
The Rochester Police Portal shows 17 violent incidents between 2011 and 2019 at or around 60 St. Paul Street, the terminal’s location. According to police, a lot of this activity reflects the larger area, not necessarily what is happening inside the station.
In a statement from the transit center, they say the two earlier incidents this month were internal disputes between people who knew each other and were quote “unfortunate, frustrating and unacceptable,” and they will continue to work with the Rochester Police Department to keep this from happening. It should be pointed out there was no comment on the Facebook Live gang assault since again, that took place within the vicinity, not in, the transit center.