Integrated Transit Studies

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The DMC plan was not a blueprint but a concept for future development, it was based on a high-level assessment of conceptual needs and feasibility. The City of Rochester is conducting four integrated transit studies to refine the concepts identified in the DMC Plan, generate confidence in selected projects, and answer key questions that will allow the projects to advance to the design phase. Specifically, the integrated transit studies were tasked with:

  • Exploring how the DMC concepts can be built within public right of way with minimal impact to adjacent private property
  • Determining the most cost-effective use of public dollars to realize the DMC’s transportation vision
  • Allowing additional opportunity for public agencies, property owners, businesses and residents to participate in the development of alternatives to implement the DMC plan concepts
  • Laying the ground work to seek federal funding for some of these projects

Integrated Transit Studies Key Findings:

  • There is a need for an integrated transportation solution that combines infrastructure and policies, programs, and incentives.
  • The transportation solution should accommodate all types of users and modes. The bike and pedestrian networks should be increased without reducing traffic lanes.
  • The implementation of the transportation solution should be phased based upon measurable demands. The initial phasing and prioritization of projects will be determined in 2018.
  • Diverse funding is required and now is the time to engage with potential funders/developers.
  • Transit should be at-grade, rubber-tired, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT is reliable, comfortable, flexible and less capital intensive.
  • A Transportation Management Association should be launched in Rochester in order to facilitate and encourage alternate modes of transportation.

Study summaries and technical reports:
These documents are a working draft currently under review by staff for consistency of terms, grammatical and graphical errors, etc. and will be updated as reviews are completed; however, substantive changes in the study findings are not anticipated. As these reviews are completed, updated documents will be posted. Following receipt of comments by Rochester and DMC elected and appointed officials as well as other stakeholders and the public, these documents may again be revised in terms of recommendations and conclusions and will be republished as a “Final” document.


Integrated Transit Studies Executive Summary 

Reports and Technical Memorandums


In 2016, the Rochester City Council approved the funding to begin work on the four studies. Consultant teams for each study were selected and began work in earnest in fall of 2016. It was anticipated that the majority of the work would be accomplished in 2017. The work of consultants provided an abundance of detailed analysis of various desirable options in each scenario which were reviewed and further evaluated in order to identify a final recommended package of feasible and cost effective transportation improvements to support the DMC Development Plan. As a result of the need to complete this final step of fusing the best elements of the various scenarios into a single recommended plan, the Integrated Transit Study work continued into early 2018. In April 2018, the Rochester City Council and DMCC Board were asked for preliminary acceptance of the key findings and preliminary recommendation. Both entities may give direction for further study or direction for changes. In late-April or early-May, these studies will be presented to the public. In June 2018, the Rochester City Council and DMCC Board will be asked for the acceptance of the recommendations. The Rochester City Council will also be asked for their support for key elements to be incorporated into the city’s Long Range Plan.