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Bus Rapid Transit Chosen for Big Mayo Clinic-Adjacent Economic Development Program
The City Council of Rochester, Minnesota, recently approved a proposal to build a bus rapid transit "circulator," over the wishes of Mayor Kim Norton, who prefers light rail.
"The proposed project would run from the Graham Park area, up Broadway Avenue, until it the road gets to 2nd Street SW, where it would then follow the street past Saint Marys, and out to the Cascade Lake area," according to an article published by KTTC.
The politics of transit and planning in the city of Rochester center around the Destination Medical Center public-private partnership, which leveraging the city's history as the origin of the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of economic development investment.
Mayor Kim Norton, insists bus rapid transit was not the envisioned transit mode "when she got funding from the state to help get Destination Medical Center off the ground," according to the article.