COVID-19 InformationInformation and Updates for Community Members

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

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New Rapid Transit for a Growing, Equitable Rochester

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Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and a commitment to maintaining social distancing, a virtual "Open House" format was developed to encourage and allow the ongoing engagement of community members. The project team thanks everyone for their flexibility and willingness to adapt in an ever-evolving time of change.


Building upon open houses held on February 4, 2020, the City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center will host an online “Open House” during the month of April. This virtual format will be an opportunity to learn more about the project’s progress and to provide feedback. The online open house will kick off with a virtual webinar session from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on April 7, 2020. An interactive map-based web page and survey will go live on April 7th and be available through the end of the month.

Sign up for April 7th Webinar.


 If you are unable at attend or would like to provide feedback to our project team, please contact us:

Our project team will be responding to feedback via phone and email, and will post answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our website.


In Phase Three, the project team will return to the community to share concepts for Station Areas and the entire Corridor. Findings from the technical analysis will also be shared with the community. The third and final open house will be held on June 2020.

About the Project

The City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center are exploring ways to improve the well-being and quality of life Downtown with an increase in transit services.  The study looks to improve public places, sidewalks, and streets around stations to increase neighborhood connections to the transit system. This study includes reviewing residential, commercial, and employment that are supportive to riders around the transit system. 

The future Rochester rapid transit route runs along 2nd Street SW and South Broadway Avenue. The system has the potential to add transportation options for residents, employees, and businesses, smartly guide future growth and development, along with enhancing well-being. 

Read the Full Statement for the Rapid Transit Open House.

20200402_Open House_Website Map

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.

RTOD-Engagement 2-Engagement Timeline 2


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

Open House Feedback Summary