$9.4 million expansion to Rochester rapid transit approved by state’s DMCC board – Reuters
ROCHESTER — An expansion of the planned route for the Rochester bus rapid transit project is expected to add an estimated $9.4 million to the project and delay the opening by nearly a year.
Dubbed Link Rapid Transit, the project is designed primarily along Second Street from the Mayo Clinic’s existing west shuttle lot to the Mayo Civic Center. Planned overhaul will bring rapid transit buses south on Third Avenue to a proposed new endpoint near the Sixth Street intersection
“It really allows us to create alignment with other investments in the city that are fueling the vision for fashion change and a more walkable and livable community,” Rochester Deputy Administrator Cindy Steinhauser said Wednesday. May 18, 2022, regarding the proposal to increase the planned route from 2.6 miles to 2.8 miles.
She said the alternate route will help connect the proposed development at the west end with plans for new private development in the waterfront area which includes the former Kmart and AMPI sites.
Related changes, which also include intersection safety upgrades, new weather-protected platforms and other infrastructure upgrades, raise the estimated price tag to nearly $143.4 million.
Steinhauser said the additional cost is not expected to increase the planned local financial commitment of $58 million for the project, much of which is expected to come from state funds Destination Medical Center.
She said additional infrastructure spending is eligible for federal funding, and while the increased demand lowers the project’s projected federal review rating from “medium-high” to “medium,” that shouldn’t reduce the odds. of approval.
DMC’s executive director of economic development, Patrick Seeb, said the federal review is very much a pass or fail process, and proposed changes to the project should keep approval likely.
“Anything ‘medium’ and above is the same as ‘medium-high’ from an exam perspective,” he said.
Rochester project manager Jarrett Hubbard said the estimated one-year delay for the project, which would now open in early 2026, is largely related to the need to restart some design work and a review related environment.
The board of directors of DMC Corp. of the state approved proposed changes to the city’s request for federal funds related to the planned transit project.
What happened: Destination Medical Center Corp.’s Board of Directors approved amendments to a planned request for federal support for a bus rapid transit project.
Why is this important: The changes increase estimated costs to $143.4 million, but do not increase local spending, if approved for federal transit funding.
And after: The city will continue work on the request for federal funds, with the project’s potential completion in 2026.