DMC Transportation Work Session Provides Space for Fruitful Public Input

ROCHESTER, Minn. (June 14, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors held a Transportation Work Session today to provide an update on findings since the DMC Transportation Workshop in April.

“A sustainable, comprehensive transportation plan is essential to the success of DMC. Today, we had a valuable discussion about Rochester’s needs, now and in the future,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board. “Together with the Mayor, City Council, Olmsted County Board, and the EDA Board, we looked closely at design options, with the goal of making transportation work better for people in the DMC district and throughout Rochester and the region.”

This public Work Session was unique as it included members of the DMCC Board of Directors, Rochester City Council, Olmsted County Board of Commissioners, and the DMC Economic Development Agency (EDA) Board of Directors.

The groups reviewed feedback from the city of Rochester-hosted open house on May 30 and the City Council Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 12.

The Integrated Transit Studies (ITS) resulted in seven scenarios, combining parking, transit, biking, and street use strategies.  Board members discussed staff recommendations to reduce these to three scenarios for future studies. Comments included an emphasis on flexibility, understanding capital and operating costs, and being future oriented. Additionally, members were interested in seeing a model that provided optimal solutions for each of the key ridership markets.

The group also discussed narrowing down the scenarios to a preferred recommendation by the end of September 2017.

The next scheduled meeting of the DMCC Board of Directors will take place on July 27, 2017.