Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - If you are a frequent user of Rochester’s public transit system, here’s a chance to hear about some significant changes that are being considered. You can also pass on your thoughts on the proposals.

Rochester Public Transit plans to conduct four public meetings to explain the proposed changes and take input before final decisions are made.

The first meeting is scheduled Thursday (Feb 15) at John Marshall High School (cafeteria). It will run from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M.

According to Rochester Public Transit, the changes are scheduled to take effect Oct 1.

Here’s the list of proposed changes:

  •        Routes will have new numbers

    ·        Routes will run in the same direction and along the same paths regardless of the time of day or day of the week

    ·        All routes will run twice every hour during peak hours, and at least once an hour during off-peak hours (except for those serving park-and-ride lots, which will run more frequently but only during peak hours)

    ·        Most routes will run from 5:00 am until 8:00 pm on weekdays

    ·        Nine routes will operate from 5:00 am until 11:00 pm on weekdays, as well as from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays; these routes will follow the same path and use the same number at all times

    ·        A crosstown loop will be established, traveling along the Beltline (US-14), East Circle Dr, West Circle Dr, and other roadways, to create more opportunities for riders to transfer between routes without going downtown

    ·        More overlap of route paths and connections at termini, allowing for more transfer opportunities outside of downtown

The other meetings are scheduled:

Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Mayo High School

Thursday, Feb. 22 at Bamber Valley Elementary

Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Century High School

Interested parties can also review information and leave comments at the planning section of the RPT website at www.rptride.com.

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