I’ve been an enormous fan of rail and
bus travel for as long as I can remember. For a modest price, I can travel to cities in New York State while I relax, read, or get work done on the way. Living in Rochester New York, which has an Amtrak and a Greyhound Station within a few hundred feet of each other, it’s relatively easy for me to break the shackles of traveling across the Empire State behind the wheel of a car.
The problem for me and many who enjoy traveling this way is, simply, what do we do when we arrive at our destination? Most train and bus stations are located in downtown areas, making it easy for travelers to
access the best of what cities have to offer. However, many city attractions are still several miles away from mass transit, far enough to discourage the average day trip adventurer. Cabs in small Upstate New York cities are expensive, ride sharing like Uber and Lyft are illegal in New York State outside of New York City due to insurance regulations, and local bus systems can be confusing and inconsistent.
So how do we bridge the physical gap between regional mass transit options and city destinations? The answer may rest in the growing movement of bike share.
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