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City Transit Plans to Make Changes this Fall

February 13, 2018 07:39 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- It's no secret the city of Rochester is continuing to expand, and in order to meet the needs of the public, city operations will have to keep up with the city's growth.

Back in May, the city adopted a five-year Transit Development Plan to create more service options for those who rely on buses to get around.

According to Nick Lemmer, Operations Manager for the City of Rochester, “It's important that the riding public is engaged in this process in the fall because we are actually re-numbering all of the routes so that will be a big change. Each of the routes has been looked at and has been restructured a little bit to optimize the route.”

For example, new route numbers added stops and more chances to transfer lines outside of downtown.

“The biggest is the crosstown routes that we're going to be implemented in October. Those will allow people to go from the northwest side of Rochester to the northeast side without having to go downtown,” Lemmer said.

It's all possible thanks to a grant from MnDOT, which means little to no money will come from taxpayers.

“It's all part of a regular budgeting process. There's no unique one-time money being used in this case,” Lemmer said.

While some people still don't know about the change, some are relying on the city for a smooth transition.

“The system as a whole will be more efficient and more predictable because the routes will be better designed and better timed,” Lemmer explained.
 

There are a series of public input meetings where the public is invited to ask questions or voice concerns. The first is this Thursday.

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John Marshall High School
Cafeteria
Thursday, Feb. 15
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Mayo High School
Room 1-109 Cafeteria
Tuesday, Feb. 20
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Bamber Valley Elementary
Room 501 Music
Thursday, Feb. 22
4:30-7:00 p.m. 

Century High School
Cafeteria North New Section
Tuesday, Feb. 27
4:30-7:00 p.m.


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