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Rochester eyes 'transit villages' to ease traffic

Feb 06, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

A pair of transit villages seen as vital solutions to Rochester's ever-worsening traffic would rise on the northwest and southeast sides of the city in a vision approved by the Destination Medical Center Corporation board on Tuesday.

The villages - think parking ramps with hundreds of housing units, some retail and a link to downtown via an every-10-minutes circulator bus - would provide some of the thousands of additional parking spaces projections say will be needed in Rochester by 2040.

It could be three to five years or more before the vision is fully realized, but chairman R.T. Rybak cheered the board for choosing locations for the two "mobility hubs," a step that will launch needed engineering studies, grant applications and other grou...