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Downtown Rochester Integrated Transit Studies - Public Conversation #1

Post Date:01/18/2017 10:43 AM

Contact: Megan Moeller
Public Works Communications Coordinator
507-328-2436 or mmoeller@rochestermn.gov


The Rochester community is called upon to help shape the future of transportation in Downtown Rochester. On January 24, 2017 Integrated Transit Study consultants will host the Public Conversation Session #1 to share their latest findings with the public and listen to the thoughts of attendees on transportation in Downtown Rochester. “Broad community perspective on transportation ideas and alternatives is critical to successfully achieving the modal shift from cars to transit, walking, and bicycling that is necessary to realize the DMC Vision,” said Richard Freese, Director the City of Rochester Public Works Department.

Public Conversation Session #1
Tuesday, January 24
Open House from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
4th Floor of the UMR University Center
(111 South Broadway, Rochester, MN, 55904)

Public Input Opportunities

The January 24 session will be the first of four opportunities for public input during the studies. “We need the community to weigh in the decisions that will last for generations. It is important we get it right,” said Beth Bartz, a Project Manager with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. At each of these four open houses consultants will share their latest findings and listen to the public’s feedback.

In-Person:

  • Public Conversation Session #1
    Tuesday, January 24
    Open House from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    4th Floor of the UMR University Center (111 South Broadway, Rochester, MN, 55904)
    The public is invited to stop by at anytime between the hours listed above. This will be an informal event with information on display for review by the public and interested persons.

Online Public Conversation:

  • Public Conversation Session materials will be available at www.rochestermn.gov/integratedtransit the morning of Tuesday, January 24.
  • Join the #DTRochITS conversation LIVE on Facebook @RochesterMNPublicWorksDepartment. Tune in at 3:45pm and 7:30pm to learn more about the Downtown Rochester Integrated Transit Studies.
  • Online comments for Public Conversation #1 will be received through Tuesday, January 13. Online forms will be available at www.rochestermn.gov/integratedtransit

The 2017 schedule for Integrated Transit Studies open houses is as follows:
January 24, 2017: Provide your perspective on downtown transportation needs, potential concerns, and alternatives to be studied further
• May 2017*: Provide your feedback on the initial alternatives and which should be retained for final study
• September 2017*: Voice your opinion on which of these options should be selected
• December 2017*: Explore the preferred option, how/when the elements will be built, and provide feedback
*Exact dates and locations are to be determined

In addition, consultants are reaching out to neighborhood groups, city advisory committees, business organizations and community groups throughout the process. (If your group is interested please contact Megan Moeller at 507-328-2436).
“We look forward to visiting with the public to learn more about what they want and need out of the future transportation system,” said Bartz.

What are the Integrated Transit Studies?

The DMC plan was not a blueprint but a concept for future development. The DMC plan was based on a high level assessment of conceptual needs and feasibility. The Integrated Transit Studies are refining the concepts identified in the plan. Specifically, the integrated transit studies will:
• Explore how the DMC concepts can be built within public right of way with minimal impact to adjacent private property
• Determine the most cost-effective use of public dollars to realize the DMC’s transportation vision
• Allow additional opportunity for public agencies, property owners, businesses and residents to participate in the development of alternatives to implement the DMC plan concepts
• Lay the ground work to seek federal funding for some of these projects


An electronic version of this News Release is available at: www.rochestermn.gov/integratedtransit
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