Link Rapid Transit Project update

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(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester city council heard an update on the upcoming Link Rapid Transit Project at a study session Monday afternoon.

The Link Rapid Transit Project is a proposed 2.8-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) route along 2nd Street SW that will connect downtown Rochester, the Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Clinic campuses, and the Downtown Waterfront Southeast.

The design of the project is 60% complete, the city’s goal is to have the design completed by the end of this year.

“Construction is slated to start 2024, with an opening in spring of 2026. The right people on it and I think it’s going in the right direction,” Councilman Partrick Keane said.

A significant portion of funding is coming from the Federal Transportation Administration grant.

The city expects to know whether or not they are awarded the money in May of 2024.