Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 266
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2000
Fax: 507-328-2727

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Development District:
507-328-2003

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New Rapid Transit for a Growing, Equitable Rochester

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About the Project

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.

During this planning process, the City and its partners will engage the community in envisioning what this corridor should look like and how it should function in the future. This is an opportunity to make decisions about the Corridor while anticipating future Rapid Transit.

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Project Timeline

These phases will include Open House events, pop-up activities across the corridor and attendance at meetings held by local resident, business and service organizations.

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PHASE ONE: VISION

In Phase One, community members will be asked to share how they move around Rochester today, and provide ideas and a vision for what the corridor could be in the future. What are your typical journeys in the area around the rapid transit corridor today? What would make you want to use rapid transit in the future? What kinds of activities, public spaces, businesses or other changes does your neighborhood need now and in the future?

Open House #1 Information

Open House #1 Handout

Open House #1 Presentation

PHASE TWO: STATION AREA PLANS

In Phase Two, community members will be asked to provide feedback on options and scenarios for how the Rapid Transit corridor will change in the future. How should the Corridor grow, and be enhanced, what should it look and feel like, particularly near station areas? What could make the Rapid Transit service easier to access by bike or on foot?

Open House #2 is scheduled for April 7 - more information to follow.

PHASE THREE: STATION AREA CONCEPTS

In Phase Three, the project team will return to the community to share concepts for Station Areas and the entire Corridor.  Findings from technical analysis will also be shared with the community.