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Rochester Transportation Center

 

Completed in 1991 at a cost of $2.4M, the Rochester Transportation Center is considered the "Grand Central Station" of Beaver County.  At the time this facility was dedicated and opened to the public, it was the crowning achievement that capped off over a decade of continued growth in providing Beaver County residents with safe, efficient, reliable transportation services. 

 

Its central location within Beaver County - situated in Rochester Borough, the "Hub" of the County - makes the Rochester Transportation Center the ideal place from which to provide service to the public.  This 13,500 square foot facility lies in close proximity to most of Beaver County’s major thoroughfares, including PA Routes 65, 18, 51, 68, and 60.

 

At the time ground was broken for the Rochester Transportation Center in 1989, the intent was to take advantage of this central location to consolidate BCTA’s administrative staff and bus routes in a place accessible to all residents of Beaver County - whether they travel by bus, by car, by bicycle, or on foot.

 

In November 2002, the entire BCTA fixed route system was reorganized to operate on a "pulse" system.  With this initiative, six of seven BCTA fixed routes were coordinated to arrive and depart the Rochester Transportation Center at roughly half past each hour.  Not only does this mean that a customer can instantly and effortlessly transfer between any number of BCTA routes, but also that, fifteen years after its dedication, the Rochester Transportation Center is fulfilling the purposes for which it was intended better than ever!

 

Besides its obvious locational advantages, the Rochester Transportation Center provides the transit rider with an environment rich in the following amenities:

 

§ Park and ride - Leave your car and let us take you where you need to go!  A paved, well-lighted lot accommodates 48 vehicles, with a second overflow lot available during times of heavy demand.  Parking is free to bus patrons and ridesharing participants.

§ Kiss and ride - This area is designed for riders who are dropped off at the Rochester Transportation Center.  The drive-through area offers plenty of room, no traffic hassles, and is adjacent to a main entrance of the Center.  This area doubles as a taxi stand, providing a convenient access point for travel to locations not served by BCTA.

§ Bus boarding area - The covered boarding area at the Rochester Transportation Center accommodates up to six buses at a time.  Riders can board or de-board a vehicle without regard to rain, snow, or vehicular traffic.  Our spacious indoor waiting area allows riders to see all buses arrive and depart.

§ Connections to and from multiple bus routes - The Rochester Transportation Center is served by Routes 1, 2, 3, 8, and 11, as well as DART.  It’s simple to use the Center as a starting or connecting point for travel to and from downtown Pittsburgh and within Beaver County.

§ Customer information center - This area has convenient, indoor seating for almost 40 passengers.  Large windows allow the passenger to see all buses approaching.  A coin changer is available to facilitate fare payment.  The Center is open weekdays from 5:30am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

§ Real-time information - Within the Customer Information Center one can view bus arrival and departure information on electronic signage that provides up-to-the-minute information.  In the event of bad weather or heavy traffic, this signage informs the rider of the exact time of the next bus arrival.  Personal trip planning is also available via a touch-screen kiosk, and a courtesy phone connects customers to live help weekdays from 5:30am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

 

Ticket sales - A BCTA representative is on hand in the Customer Information Center Monday through Friday between 4:30pm and 6:30pm to furnish tickets, passes, and route and schedule information to customers.

 

Expressway Travel Center

Dedicated on November 2, 2001, the Expressway Travel Center is designed to include technology and innovation in every portion of the structure. The 80,000 square foot facility is located off PA Route 60 (Center - Exit 11) in Center Township on seven acres of property. Its purpose is to provide a state-of-the-art facility to house and maintain the expanding fleet of fixed route and paratransit vehicles, as well as to serve as the base for BCTA’s operations staff. This $14M capital project was the largest and most strategic in Beaver County Transit Authority’s history.

 

The architecture of the Expressway Travel Center is at once stately and progressive.  The building aesthetic is designed to express "motion," reflecting the forward-oriented outlook of the Beaver County Transit Authority.  Rolling curved roof forms over the Customer Information Center and the bus boarding areas create a sense of movement.

 

Just behind these curvilinear canopies is a two-story screen wall, which provides a comfortable separation between public and private spaces.  The screen wall is a dynamic element, which constantly changes appearance as it is viewed from different angles.

Both interior and exterior customer areas are illuminated with natural light and decorative light fixtures.  The park and ride lot, located in front of the facility, is attractively landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers.

Comfort and amenities abound at the Expressway Travel Center.  It is built with the rider in mind.  From inside the Customer Information Center or outside in the boarding and park and ride areas, one will notice immediately that this is not dreary bus station, but a comfortable, convenient facility full of pleasing, contemporary architectural elements - a place where riders can "get on board" in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

 

Expressway Travel Center
 

 

Customer amenities include the following:

 

§ Park and ride - Need to leave your car at the Expressway Travel Center?  No problem.  A paved, well-lighted lot accommodates 200 vehicles.  Parking is free to bus patrons and ridesharing participants.

§ Kiss and ride - This area is designed for riders who are dropped off at the Expressway Travel Center.  The drive-through area offers plenty of room, no traffic hassles, and is adjacent to the main entrance of the Center.

§ Bus boarding area - One of the principal amenities of the Expressway Travel Center is the covered boarding area that accommodates up to four buses at a time.  Riders can board or de-board a vehicle without regard to rain, snow, or vehicular traffic.

§ Connections to and from multiple bus routes - The Expressway Travel Center is served by Routes 2 and 4.  It’s simple to use the Center as a starting or connecting point for travel to and from downtown Pittsburgh and within Beaver County.

§ Customer information center - This area has convenient, indoor seating for passengers in a beautiful atrium filled with color and light.  Large windows allow the passenger to see the next bus approaching.  Coin and bill changers, as well as an automated teller machine (ATM) are available to facilitate fare payment.  The Center is open weekdays from 4:30am until 9:00pm, and Saturdays from 6:00am until 6:00pm.

§ Real-time information - Within the Customer Information Center one can view bus arrival and departure information on electronic signage that provides up-to-the-minute information.  In the event of bad weather or heavy traffic, this signage informs the rider of the exact time of the next bus arrival.  Personal trip planning is also available via a touch-screen kiosk, and a courtesy phone connects customers to live help weekdays from 5:30am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

§ Ticket sales - A BCTA representative is on hand in the Customer Information Center Monday through Thursday between 4:30pm and 6:30pm to furnish tickets, passes, and route and schedule information to customers.

 

Future Amenities

 

 

Coming soon, watch for a coffee and food kiosk and an automated ticket machine in the Customer Information Center!

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