• 30Apr

    Most folks know the issues have most focused on, housing, transit, planning, broadband. I am delighted to see significant progress on transit. I requested some additional information to illustrate just how much we are expanding service in the next 5 years. Effectively this is an 80% increase in transit service, expanding hours, routes, and days. Each update will be effective on July 1. Click on the links to see details of every single route.

    Special thanks to Bryan Law for doing such a great job putting this information together.

    Michael –

    You asked about some information about the changes we are proposing with the Transit Development Plan (TDP), especially how those changes might be phased in.  I have links, below, to maps for each of the five years of the TDP, along with a brief note about what we can expect in each year.

    Year 1 (July 2017)

    RPT will be adding service to current routes, especially by expanding the service span (the time of day during which routes run). Almost all weekday peak-hour routes will arrive downtown at least once before 6:00 am, and will also arrive downtown at least once after 7:00 pm. Saturday routes will also be expanded to run from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. RPT will institute Sunday and holiday service, which will be a repeat of the expanded Saturday schedule.  The map of Year 1 should look much like the current system map; the differences will be in the hours of operation.

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    2017 Transit Route Details

    Year 2 (July 2018)

    RPT will dramatically change its route nomenclature, expand its geographical service area, and extend much more frequency to routes during off-peak hours (particularly in the midday). Almost all the changes involve the addition of service. Some routes have been reconfigured such that there are more opportunities for transfers to be made in places outside downtown. The Crosstown Loop (Route 91) will begin service, providing even more opportunities for transfers outside of downtown. If RPT’s system looks like a hub and spokes, the Crosstown Loop completes the wheel by adding a rim to it.

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    2018 Transit Route Details

    Year 3 (2019)

    An expected shortage of vehicles in Year 2 leads us to anticipate not being able to split the successor to the current Route 8 (serving Country Club Manor) until delivery of new buses in Year 3. In Year 2, the current Route 8 will be renamed Route 50, but will otherwise operate as it currently does. In Year 3, however, this will finally be split into Routes 52 and 54, allowing for more efficient service to the northern and southern halves of the neighborhood.

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    2019 Transit Route Details

    Year 4 (2020)

    In the fourth year of the TDP, an east-west Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route – as contemplated by the Destination Medical Center plan – might be feasible. This route would connect St Marys Hospital and Mayo’s main campus, and might continue to points further east, before terminating and turning around near the K-Mart site on 9 St SE. This is represented on the map by Route 84.

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    2020 Transit Route Details

    2021 – North-South BRT service

    In the fifth year of the TDP, a north-south BRT route could be established along Broadway Ave., connecting the northeast side of the City with the airport. This is represented on the map by Route 84.

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    2021 Transit Route Details

    I hope this helps.  Let me know if there is anything else I can provide you.


    Bryan Law, AICP

    Transit Planner | Rochester Public Transit


  • 14Dec

    Check out this 1 pager to learn the latest.

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  • 10Oct

    Rochester Public Transit (RPT) is completing a Transit Development Plan (TDP) which will guide the City’s transit system for the next five years. An important part of the planning process is public input. RPT has arranged five public meetings in order to inform the public about the TDP’s recommendations for transit in the coming years, and for the public to give feedback on those recommendations. One meeting will be held downtown, and the other meetings will be held in each of the four quadrants of the City. Each meeting will be an open-house style meeting, with the public invited to come and go as they please, with a brief, formal presentation at 4:45 (or just after 5:00 for the City Hall meeting), and again at 6:00. The public is invited to attend any meeting they wish. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

    John Marshall High School, Room 2-100A Rocket Center
    Monday, October 17, 2016, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

    Mayo High School, Room 1-109 Cafeteria
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

    Century High School, Cafeteria North New Section
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

    City Hall, Conference Room 104
    Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Bamber Valley Elementary School, Room 501 Music
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:30-7:00 p.m.


  • 20Sep

    I don’t just speak about working with other levels of government, but I try to actually do it. My friend & school board member Julie Workman and I host a community coffee twice a month with County Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden. As such, we get to keep in touch and bounce ideas off of each other. I also sit down with Superintendent Michael Munoz a few times a year.

    Two themes keep coming up. Middle & High School kids are starting school at a time that a mountain of data indicates is too early to achieve best results. They have to do this because of limitations in the school transportation system. Conversely the city of Rochester has massive unused capacity at certain times, particularly after the morning rush.

    After several meetings with school and city staff we agreed to jointly study using city transportation resources for middle & high school students. The study if approved by both bodies will cost $42k to be shared equally. A feasibility report would be back to us by the end of 1Q 2017 allowing an option to start the program for the 2017-2018 school year.

    I’m sure you have a ton of questions, and so do I. My ideal scenario would be:

    • serving most, but not all school 6-12 needs with city buses.
    • reducing the total transportation costs for the city and/or school system.
    • adjusting routes to improve effectiveness and coverage.
    • allowing school IDs to function as bus passes, available any time.
    • meeting the needs of students with after school activities.
    • ensuring the safety of all.

    I think it would be foolish to not research the option. Mr. Munoz has seen this work in a previous position, there is no reason why it can’t here.

    Interestingly this question actually came up in a recent candidate forum. We both agreed this was something good to look at, however we were differentiated because I do not want elementary school kids included in the program, at least for now. I am comfortable with middle school and up.

    Scope of work for addition transit study

    Study Proposal

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  • 20Oct

    Get involved in the future of Rochester transit:

    Beginning on Monday, October, 26, 2015, Rochester Public Transit (RPT) will be launching several public input efforts. This is part of the Transit Development Plan, which will guide RPT’s development for the next 5-7 years. These outreach efforts will help RPT learn what is working well with the bus system, what needs to improve, and how we could make the needed improvements.

    1. The community survey has been designed to gather information from the general public about RPT, and is intended for everyone, whether they ride RPT buses or not. The survey can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015rochestercs
    2. On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 5:30 until 7:30 Rochester Public Transit (RPT) will host an open house at the Viking Room of the Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 2nd Ave. SW, Rochester, MN.
    3. On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, outreach staff will be conducting brief pop-up meetings at the Downtown Transit Center (mid-morning) and the bus stop at Apache Mall (afternoon). If you are at these locations on the 28th, the outreach staff will be able to answer questions about this planning process, take input from you, and help you fill out the community survey.
    4. Beginning the week of October 26, 2015, RPT will launch a My Sidewalk page for the Transit Development Plan. This is an interactive, social-media tool that allows users to respond to specific questions and concerns about transit in Rochester. When it is ready, there will be a link to the My Sidewalk page on RPT’s website (rptride.com).

    Please take the opportunity to make your input count by participating in these outreach efforts. Check the RPT website (rptride.com) for updates on these outreach efforts, and other news about the Transit Development Plan.

    If you have questions or need further information, please contact Bryan Law at blaw@rochestermn.gov or 507-328-2485.


  • 11Nov

    I thought I would share some of the evolving DMC Transportation plans.  Transit is likely the MOST important part of the DMC district with everything else far behind.  We need to get tens of thousands more people downtown while adding 0 new lanes of travel.  Clearly walking, biking, car pool, and transit are critical.

    November 3 DMC Transit Update

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  • 24Oct

    Here are some evolving DMC Transit plans that were presented to ROCOG On October 23, 2014

    ROCOG DMC Transit Plans Update

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  • 03Feb

    Here is a great video showing how a good transit system helps to build a community.

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  • 07Jul

    I found this in Grand Forks, my college town.  This just makes so much sense I hope we start doing this in Rochester.  Basically you know where people (college students in this case) most want to go.  So why not just give them a custom list to make it easy.  Also big shout out to the Red Pepper, if you have visited the area you know why this is the first on the list.

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  • 28Jun

    First Transit will begin operations of the publicly funded city bus service in Rochester on Monday, July 2, 2012. With this Change comes 2; new brand: Rochester Public Transit (RPT).

    When you ride RPT, here’s what you need to know:

    • Through Saturday, June 30, you will continue to ride Rochester Public Transit buses operated by Rochester City Lines.
    • Beginning July 2, your bus pass will be honored on Rochester Public Transit buses operated by First Transit

    Key changes see as part of this transition include:

    • New bus color scheme Look for new branding and striping on city buses beginning in late June. The buses will striped blue and green and display the RPT logo, the web address and new telephone number. Buses that have not been restriped by July 2 will display a dash and curbside poster with the RPT lego.
    • New bus step signs – The bus Stops will remain in the same locations. All of the stops will eventually be resigned with el new sign displaying the RPT logo.
    • New website and telephone number for the latest bus information The new telephone number, 507-328~RIDE (328-7433), will be operational beginning 2. The new Website, RPTRIDE.COM is currently linked to RochesterBus.c0m.
    • RPTRIDE.COM will soon have its own new look and R0chesterBus.c0m will be discontinued.
    • New passes – All bus passes will reflect the new Rochester Public Transit name as of July 2.
    • Passes bought before July 2 will continue to be honored, including annual passes.
    • New driver uniforms – The new uniforms will be similar to the current uniforms, but will feature the Rochester Public Transit logo.

    What’s not changing:

    • Routes Where the buses go today, they will go tomorrow at the same times.
    • Bus Stops – The buses will stop at the same locations.
    • Many of First Transit drivers will be former drivers familiar with the Rochester Public Transit route system.
    • Commuter buses – These changes do not impact Commuter bus Service. The commuter buses serving outlying communities are operated by Rochester City Lines. Passengers from the commuter buses will be able to transfer to the RPT buses free of charge to continue on to their Íînal destination Within the City by showing their commuter pass. They can return to the downtown to board their commuter bus at no charge by again showing their commuter pass.


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