Spider-Man filming causes some headaches for RTS passengers

Posted at: 04/30/2013 5:28 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2013 6:20 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The filming also caused delays for some commuters. The bus authority says it has been informing passengers for weeks now, trying to make sure everyone was well aware of the changes. But still, some passengers say the first day of filming did not go very smoothly.

The bus routes have been moved over to Broad Street to keep thousands of commuters away from the set.

Whether it was by car or bus, passengers commuting into downtown Rochester Tuesday were faced with some big changes.

Maximus Henry said, “It's been rough because the buses are going each way. It's enough to throw everybody off that you don't know which way to go. So I'll be glad when it's over.”

Difficult, especially for those who travel with kids.

Ethel Jones said, “It was hectic because, at first, I had forgot that they were doing this and I was skeptical because I was like, 'Well, where do I get off.'”

But some weren't bothered by the change.

Franklin Miller said, “It's going to bring money to economy to Rochester.”

News10NBC's Joangel Concepcion said, “Is it worth the slight inconvenience?”

Denise Terrell said, “The hassle? Yes, yes it is. It makes Rochester look pretty good to have it's own movie here.”

RTS says they have been informing people. They created website, passed out flyers and business cards and even created a radio spot.

Michael Tedesco, RGRTA Director of Marketing, said, “It's day one. We anticipated a couple of glitches here and there but from what I've heard everything is going very smoothly there and we're happy with that.”

Concepcion said, “I spoke to a couple of commuters today and there seems to be confusion down there. Are you aware of that?”

Tedesco said, “I thought we probably expected that there might be some confusion and that's really why we've relocated an information booth right there on Broad St., right near the library. So that's being staffed by our costumer service reps and we've got some additional personnel on the ground there.”

The first day of shooting will wrap up Tuesday night, but it is clear, reviews are mixed so far.

RTS will keep the information booth out on Broad Street in case anyone needs information about their new route.