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Open Houses to Launch New Rapid Transit for a Growing, Equitable Rochester

Post Date:01/24/2020 9:29 AM

The City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center (DMC) are completing a comprehensive assessment and analysis of economic development opportunity, transit-supportive land use possibilities, public realm improvement options and infrastructure that will enhance access and ridership on a planned Rochester Rapid Transit system. The work being performed will complement and be used in the City and DMC’s collaborative planning with Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic as it relates to the development of the east and west transit villages that serve as the foundation for the system.

The proposed Rochester Rapid Transit corridor runs along 2nd Street SW and South Broadway Avenue.  This new investment has the potential to add mobility options for residents, employees and businesses, guide future growth and development in a smart way, and enhance well-being.

This planning process will include substantial community engagement on visioning for the rapid transit station areas and the whole corridor. This is an opportunity to make decisions about the corridor while anticipating future rapid transit.

Rochester City Planner Jarrett Hubbard is looking forward to working closely with community members. “This is an opportunity to develop a plan that creates transit-friendly, active, equitable places in the 2nd Street and Broadway corridors,” said Hubbard. “This is a key part of how we can shift travel away from reliance on cars with a single person inside.”

To kick off this effort, two initial open houses will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Community members can either stop by over lunchtime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Rochester inside the Shops at University Square at 111 S Broadway, Room 419, or  in the evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Avenue SE in Bethel Hall.

“Connecting community vision to transportation goals along the Broadway and 2nd Street corridors is vitally important. This goes beyond rapid transit. It’s about creating places people want to live, work and visit,” said DMC Director of Economic Development and Placemaking Patrick Seeb.

The open house events will provide information on the project, an opportunity for community members, business owners, and community leaders to share how they move around Rochester today, and their ideas for what the Rochester Rapid Transit corridor could be in the future. Both open house events will be attended by representatives of the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, DMC and the project consultant team.

The February open houses will be the first of several events over the next six months, including several pop-up events held at locations around the community to gather feedback and explain this planning effort to the community. The next set of open houses will be held on April 7, 2020 and will focus on the station area plans.

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