Rochester Public Transit (RPT) is completing a Transit Development Plan (TDP) which will guide the City’s transit system for the next five years. An important part of the planning process is public input. We want your ideas about the service improvements we are proposing in the plan. These will include a longer service day, more night routes, Sunday service, and ultimately more frequency of buses and more opportunities for people to ride transit.
The TDP is being prepared by AECOM, a planning firm hired by the City to undertake much of the research, analysis, and development of the plan. AECOM and City staff will create a draft of the TDP, which will be presented to the City Council for approval. If the City Council approves the plan, some recommendations can begin being implemented immediately. Other recommendations will be phased in over the course of the 5-year plan horizon.
Please have a look at the plan documents below, and contact us at Rochester Public Transit if you have questions, concerns, or other ideas about what we are proposing in the TDP. We will be collecting public comments about these draft recommendations until 5:00 p.m., CST, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. And watch this space in the coming weeks for updates on plan recommendations, public hearing announcements, and other news about the TDP. Send feedback now using our online form.
October 2016 Public Meeting PowerPoint Presentation -- If you couldn't make it to one of our public meetings in October 2016, have a look at the PowerPoint presentation, which highlights the improvements proposed in the TDP.
Proposed Route Improvements, by quadrant of the City -- These maps show how RPT's route system could be improved, beginning in Year 2 of the plan.
Interactive Maps -- RPT has also developed maps showing what the proposed transit system would look like in Year 5 of this phased Transit Development Plan. At full build-out, there would be 28 transit lines, including service at night, on weekends, and via a crosstown loop.
TDP Year 5 Weekday Map -- All of these routes (except the park-and-ride directs) would operate between 5 am and 8 pm, at least once an hour during off-peak periods, and twice an hour during morning and afternoon peak periods. Routes would operate the same way in the morning as in the afternoon, and would have the same number throughout the service day. Route numbers would be all-numeric, rather than having a mix of numbers and letters.
Park-and-Ride lots would continue to be served by direct (non-stop) routes as they are today: Routes 19, 29, 37, 39, and 59. As is the case today, these direct routes would only operate during peak hours, and would have schedules determined by commuter demands, rather than a strict 30- or 60-minute headway.
Most of the routes on this map would begin operating in Year 2, with a few exceptions. Routes 52 and 54 would only begin operating as separate routes in Year 3 of the plan. They would operate as one route (as does today's Route 8) until then. The opening of Route 84 to the airport would be dependent on the type of vehicle RPT would operate, and on the development of a park-and-ride facility at the airport. Route 91 is the crosstown loop, and it would be phased in over three years. In Year 3 of the plan, Route 91 would open, connecting the Mayo Clinic northeast facility to Walmart North and the IBM park-and-ride lot. If it is successful, Route 92 would open in Year 4 of the plan, connecting Apache Mall and RCTC along US-14. If both crosstown routes are successful, they will be connected in Year 5 by using East and West Circle Drives, closing the loop. The route would then run clockwise and counterclockwise along the loop, all as Route 91.
TDP Year 5 Nights & Weekends Map -- This map shows the 9 routes from the weekday map that will operate later on weeknights and on Saturdays and Sundays. Note that the routes do not change names depending on the time of day or the day of the week: the route that operates during the weekday will operate along the same path late into the night, and also on Saturdays and Sundays.
Comprehensive Plan Primary Transit Network Fact Sheet -- The City's Planning Department has been working on a Comprehensive Plan for the City at roughly the same time as RPT has been working on this TDP. The Comprehensive Plan is a longer-term plan, looking out 20 years (instead of the TDP's 5 years), and, as the name suggests, is more expansive in scope (it will have many elements the TDP will not, such as land use, housing, economic development, etc.). One major transportation idea that grew out of the Comprehensive Plan process was the concept of a Primary Transit Network (PTN), which would link areas of concentrated residential, commercial, and transportation activity along high-capacity transit corridors. The TDP, while not strictly speaking a part of the Comprehensive Plan, has been developed in coordination with the Planning Department's Comprehensive Plan -- and the TDP can be imagined as a first step toward achieving the full build-out of the PTN in 20 years.