Rapid bus transit model "Link" unveiled

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(ABC 6 News) – Monday, a new full-scale bus rapid transit is known as "Link" was unveiled in Rochester.

The station model is located across from the Rochester Public library. The 60-foot long electric bus — will have elevated platforms so it’s level boarding and handicap accessible.

The line would include 7 stops connecting downtown Rochester, the Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Clinic campuses, and the government center.

"There’s plenty across the nation and in the twin cities that have two running right now with a third and fourth one on the way, quickly but yes, this would put them on part with either major metropolitan communities across the nation," Jarrett Hubbard, City of Rochester Project Manager said.

“Link will provide essential service along with one of Rochester’s busiest corridors,” states Council President Brook Carlson. “In doing so, the service will accommodate future growth and provide a quality service for a quality living—a council priority. We want to thank the co-designers who brought unique community perspectives to the station design process.”

Patrick Seeb, Executive Director of DMC-EDA adds “The bold look of the Link brand reflects the dynamism and interconnectedness of Rochester’s expanding portfolio of mobility options.”

About 56 million dollars of this transit project will be paid for with federal tax dollars.

A mobility fair is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, so you can check out the bus model for yourself.

Service is expected to start in 2025.