Transportation options? KROC, I'd like to think you were right, but ROC victimizes itself by talking out its ass about all these barely grandiose projects then doing exactly nothing. Our county executive is trying to close down all the public parks, the youth are fleeing in droves (how are things in DC, Jim?), and the only businesses that have invested in the town over the last couple of years have been donut chains. No wonder the majors fear overcapacity, later if not sooner.-Mark
Youth--meaning college age to mid thirties--are plentiful and growing in DC. The area has so many universities, plus all the political groups that want interns, and the tech sector which is actually hanging on. DC is an exciting metro area with lots of opportunities for young people armed with a college degree.
Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, and Xerox will all survive in Rochester, but they probably won't be hiring many young people for awhile. There are way too many unemployed senior engineers, people with 10-25 years experience, in the market. According to friends of mine, a lot of them are sticking around.
Unless some new company enters, or one of our big companies comes up with some dramatic market-changing invention, things will be more or less stable in Rochester. Our metro population always seems to tick upwards, we're almost at 1.1 million now. (In contrast to metro Buffalo which has lost over 200,000 since 1980.)Which suggests to me that even if we're not a hot growth center, those who do get good jobs find Rochester a good place to raise a family.
At some point, though our plodding big companies will have too many retirements, and the unemployed pool will be drained, and--gasp--start having to hire younger people. They will actually--gasp--have to invest a little in training, since they'll have to hire people who won't actually have 10-25 years of experience.
As for air service, I see Southwest entering in the next three years, as the Cartel continues to retrench, and US most likely goes under. 3 dailies to MDW and 7 to BWI are my prediction. If AirTran can get its gate issues in Boston resolved, 2 daily 717s from ROC and 2 from Buffalo would probably do very well. JetBlue will probably add frequencies to JFK as its growth there, and connecting opportunities, warrant.
BOS is way underserved from Western NY, because US can't charge enough to cover its high costs, and charges too much to compete with the Thruway. In the mid 1980's, US and Piedmont were flying (respectively) fleets of 722's and F-28's on ROC-BOS. Demand is there. It just has to be reasonably priced.
Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)