ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the City of Rochester has received $4,339,344 through the Bus and Bus Facility Grant Program.
According to Rochester Public Transit (RPT), the grant will be used to fund projects beginning in 2022 and spanning the next three to four years, along with a 20% local match.
RPT says approximately $1.6 million will be used to build a new Park & Ride lot on US Hwy 52 and 75th Street NW. A surface lot with a capacity of 490 vehicles, 75th Street Park & Ride will be the first such facility owned by the City of Rochester. Construction is expected to begin this year.
Approximately $2 million will be used to improve the passenger experience by investing in bus stops and passenger information systems. The city will replace 55 bus shelters and will also address a list of 186 priority bus stops that need to be upgraded to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“Improving the overall passenger experience is a priority for RPT,” said Ia Xiong, head of transit and parking systems. “This grant will give a big boost to a program we launched last year to improve the condition and accessibility of RPT’s more than 700 bus stops. We now have the funding to act on those we have identified as priorities.
Additional enhancements include improved signage, benches, waste receptacles and improved digital passenger information systems at key locations.
The improvements come as RPT is nearing completion of a transit development plan that will guide service improvements and capital investments over the next 5 years.
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