New option for a sober ride home debuting this weekend in Rochester
Sick of waiting an hour or more for a cab at bar close in downtown Rochester? Well, late-night revelers now have another option to get home safely.
The lack of cabs and mass transit options in the early morning hours, and the subsequent temptation to drive under the influence have become a safety issue, according to Leah Zach, a human resources representative from Med City Taxi.
To address that concern, the company is unveiling the "Bar Hopper" (this is what it will look like) this weekend. The 14-passenger bus will serve downtown partiers on Friday and Saturday nights, although Zach said that Thursday night service may be added once Thursdays on First and 3rd starts this summer.
The bus will circulate between the Wicked Moose and downtown establishments throughout the night, and riders can hop on and off as often as they wish.
Once downtown, the Bar Hopper will stop at the corner of Third Street SW and First Avenue SW, then continue north on First Avenue, dropping off and picking up passengers along the way. The bus will then turn south on Broadway, make one final stop near Kathy's and Big Brad's, then return to the Wicked Moose on Highway 14.
At 1 a.m., the Bar Hopper will stop circulating and begin to drop riders off at their homes. Zach said that the service will only be offered within Rochester city limits at this time, but that may change based on community needs.
The Bar Hopper costs $10 for the circulator bus between bars and $15 for a ride home at the end of the night. Those who pay for the bar circulator and later decide they need a safe ride home as well need only pay the driver an extra $5.
Med City Taxi also plans to staff additional taxi drivers during the late-night weekend hours for those who wish for a more traditional ride home.
(Cover photo: File / CC)