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Rochester hopes to remodel transit system through “mobility hubs”

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The city of Rochester is hoping to revamp its transit system.

City leaders are looking to the future of downtown Rochester transportation through a “mobility hub” proposal It includes the implementation of two mobility hubs, one at the Mayo Clinic lot off of 2nd street west of the highway and Graham Park.

Rochester city council envisions the hub will become a one-stop shop with commercial space and maybe even part of a solution to affordable housing development. These “hubs” are part of Destination Medical Center’s transportation plan to revitalize downtown parking and transportation over a span of 20 years. Cost for full DMC transportation infrastructure plan is estimated at $1.2 billion.

“They’re not just about having a parking garage, they’re going to have housing, hopefully, affordable housing, workforce housing, retail, public amenities,” Rochester City Administrator Steve Rymer said. “So it’s really going to be a place you park your car, you can commute downtown, but its also going to be services available or places to live that are downtown as well.”

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Commuters would head to these locations before taking a rapid transit system downtown, which will run every ten minutes for 18 hours a day.

The DMC board gets to weigh in on the plan Tuesday before the city administration team prepares to secure federal funding.

Beret Leone

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