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Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link)

Link is a proposed 2.6-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) along 2nd Street SW that will connect downtown Rochester, the Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Clinic campuses, and the Rochester-Olmsted Government Center.

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Project Information

Collaborators, Project Phase & Type, Impacts, Related Projects

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: City of Rochester and DMC EDA

Contact: DMC Communications ; Email: erinobrien@dmceda.org ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; Community Development Department (Formerly Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department) ; DMC EDA ; SRF Consulting

Potential Collaborators:


Related Projects

2022 Rochester, MN Transit Development Plan Update ; DMC Transportation: Parking ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) ; SE Mn Transportation Projects Information Portal ; The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail) ; Transportation: ROCOG Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)


Impacts 

Major Impact:  Mobility

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Transportation

Level 2: Transportation, Heart of the City, Discovery Square, UMR and Recreation, Central Station, Waterfront, St Marys Place

DMC Impacts:

Livable City, Hotel & Hospitality, Arts & Culture, Health & Wellness, Heart of the City, Discovery Square, UMR and Recreation, Central Station, Waterfront, St Marys Place

Community Health Impacts:

Financial Stress/Homelessness, Social Determinants


Project Phase

Plan  Phase

Project Type

Planning  

 

Detailed Description

Why is Link necessary?

 

The 2nd Street SW corridor is one of the most heavily-used corridors in the City of Rochester, carrying more than 21,800 vehicles and 13,000 transit riders each day. The corridor is already near capacity, and congestion causes significant delays for transit users, drivers, and others traveling through the area. Link Rapid Transit will:

  • Expand transportation options.
  • Reduce the need for expensive parking.
  • Alleviate future congestion.
  • Prepare for downtown growth and support sustainable development.
  • Improve quality of life for residents, employees, and visitors.

 

Downtown is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years.  Link will help people take more trips downtown by riding transit, biking, walking, and carpooling.

 

 

BRT was selected in 2019 as a result of the Alternatives Evaluation. The preferred route follows 2nd Street SW from the Mayo West Lot to downtown Rochester and will primarily operate in dedicated bus lanes. The current phase of work includes:

  • Environmental review.
  • Preliminary engineering.
  • Communication and public engagement.

 

Key Status Reports


Key reports on: Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link)


June 24, 2022 : Mobility Updates change proposals

May 2022; February 2022 and November 2021 Rapid Transit Updates and Upcoming milestones presented to DMCC. 


November 20, 2020 : DMC Transportation Plan - Circular

DMC EDA Webinar October, 2020 and DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations 2019


October 30, 2020 : DMC Mobility Presentations

October 2020 Series of DMC Webinars - 5 Year Updates


September 08, 2020 : Rochester City Transit Development Seeking Co-designers

Co-designers will be Rochester residents with strong connections to their communities and local knowledge of their neighborhood and the Rapid Transit Project area. 


September 26, 2019 : Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Green Lights Mobility Hub Locations in Rochester

September, May and Feb 2019 Presentations to DMCC. 



Mobility Related Event(s) => LINK


Key reports on: Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link)


June 24, 2022 : Mobility Updates change proposals

May 2022; February 2022 and November 2021 Rapid Transit Updates and Upcoming milestones presented to DMCC. 


November 20, 2020 : DMC Transportation Plan - Circular

DMC EDA Webinar October, 2020 and DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations 2019


October 30, 2020 : DMC Mobility Presentations

October 2020 Series of DMC Webinars - 5 Year Updates


September 08, 2020 : Rochester City Transit Development Seeking Co-designers

Co-designers will be Rochester residents with strong connections to their communities and local knowledge of their neighborhood and the Rapid Transit Project area. 


September 26, 2019 : Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Green Lights Mobility Hub Locations in Rochester

September, May and Feb 2019 Presentations to DMCC. 


  

General reports on: Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link)


September 08, 2021 SRF Consulting - Rochester Rapid Transit

To achieve maximum results, the project team took a unique “co-design” approach to gather the input needed for shaping the Rochester Rapid Transit Project to reflect the community’s values. 

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May 18, 2020 Plans for a pair of transit villages connected by a dedicated route are being scaled back.

"The council opted to move forward with a modified plan for a single village at Mayo Clinic’s west parking lot along Second Street Southwest and a transit system traveling east and west with a loop around the city-county Government Center."

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November 06, 2018 DMC Transportation Plan Status

Status reports and documentations presented to DMCC.

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June 24, 2016 SRF Status Reports on DMC Transportation and questions about MWO supply chain

A number of DMC Transportation RFP questions were brought up by Susan Park Rani, DMC board member.

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May 29, 2016 DMCC Board raised concern about lack of transporation planning progress

Frustration was raised about the lack of transportation stake-in-the-ground at the May 26, 2016 DMC Board meeting. In project management 101 parlance, there is a lack of a work-break-down-structure of the overall DMC development plan.

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August 27, 2015 Transportation: DMC Transportation Framework

DMCC has approved a funding $500,000 per year to contract a transit planner to spearhead transit studies

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Key Beam Reports on:

Transportation  
June 25, 2022: May 2022 Board Meeting

May 2022 Proceedings and notable breakouts

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June 24, 2022: 2022 Rochester, MN Transit Development Plan Updating

May 5 2022 virtual open house: Presentation and Video Recording

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January 22, 2022: ACH 2022 Info Log

January 2022 Meeting Review Workgroup purpose (mission, vision, and values) and OpenBeam comments. 

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January 19, 2022: Planning 2 Succeed 2022

City of Rochester 2022 Actions extracted from the city website. 

 

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November 14, 2021: Destination Medical Center (DMC) 2H 2021 Meetings

November and September 20211 DMCC Board Meetings information.

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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August 22, 2021: State of Minnesota: MnDOT Equity Feedback

Feedback on the transportation equity working definition. MnDOT came to Diversity Council board meeting and presented to the board and asked for feedback. This is a collection of feedback comments.

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June 27, 2021: AARP Age Friendly Community

(1) 2021-06-27 Status Community Report;  (2) 2020-01-15:Olmsted County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

 

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June 17, 2021: Sustainable, Resilient Rochester

Sustainability Task Force: Presentations to CMRC, Housing and Feedback from survey and action plan

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