Looking into the Future of DMC

September 26, 2019 07:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A trolley bus toured groups of people today but they weren't tourists. 

The Destination Medical Center Corporation guided board members, city officials and the public a glimpse of what could be the future of Rochester. The trolley followed routes proposed by the DMCC's circulator system, which hopes to ease commute downtown by creating a route with multiple stops along the way. Different modes of transportation are in consideration. 


“One is more rail-focused and one is BRT, bus rapid transit system," said Lisa Clarke, executive director of the DMC Economic Development Agency. 

Clarke said the BRT system is similar to the rail system but it rides on rubber wheels. "It’s much more flexible if we needed to move it and depending on what the future of transportation holds, it gives us that flexibility," Clarke said.

The route could start near the Mayo West lot and one near Graham Park, while run-down Second Street and Broadway Avenue. If approved, the project could take effect by 2025. 

“We’re trying to solve parking issues, we’re trying to make sure that we give people the opportunity to get through the downtown in a reliable, safe way, and also one that’s quick.”

Inside the Mayo Civic Center, a board meeting took place where members discussed other important matters like the 2020 funding request, a review of Two Discovery Square, and updates on Heart of the City and the Chateau Theatre. 

“We’re trying to move it as aggressively as we can while considering different funding options and making sure that we are planning the best experience possible for our community members, our visitors, and our patients.”

No vote was taken during the meeting since one board member was reported sick. The board is expected to hold a special meeting but no date has been set.


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