Rochester Destination Medical Center Program Management & Integrated Transportation Studies

Rochester, Minnesota

With the creation of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) vision for Downtown Rochester, the City of Rochester is poised to enhance their standing as a world-class destination for medical services and research. In response to the DMC plan, development activity is increasing, with expansion of existing Mayo Clinic facilities along with multiple private development projects. To facilitate public infrastructure improvements to support this new development, SRF served as the Program Management Consultant (PMC) and led a set of Integrated Transportation Studies to assist the City in clarifying transportation needs and moving these vital projects forward. Watch the DMC Transit Alternative Visualization…

The focus of the Integrated Transportation Studies was to transform DMC streets into vibrant, comfortable, and safe pedestrian-oriented places that seamlessly integrate transit, walking, and bicycling, and motor vehicles in a manner that supports new development and achieves a dynamic downtown environment for both visitors and residents alike. Specifically:

  • Alignment and station locations for a high amenity Bus Rapid Transit system
  • Mobility hub concepts to aggregate commuter parking and facilitate transfer to other modes
  • Concept level design for City Loop: a high amenity pedestrian and bicycle pathway
  • Implementation of a Transportation Management Association (Arrive Rochester)
  • Identification of Travel Demand Management strategies
  • Street typology network identifying high quality pedestrian streets
  • On-street bicycle network

In addition, SRF developed an implementation plan addressing potential phasing and funding sources for infrastructure projects, including assistance in securing FTA grant for Transit Oriented Development and a Low-No Grant for the purchase of two electric buses and a charging station.

Currently, SRF is working with the City of Rochester to continue implementation of the following:

  • Serving as City’s project manager on final design for protected bike lanes on three downtown streets (3rd Avenue, 4th Avenue and Center Street).
  • Serving as City’s project manager on a feasibility study and framework plan for activating public spaces near the Zumbro River in the City’s downtown arts and culture district.
  • Advancing streetcar and bus rapid transit concepts for Rochester’s Downtown Circulator. SRF will provide capital and operating cost estimates, ridership forecasts, and transit service plans that will enable the City to select a locally-preferred alternative and request entry to the FTA’s Project Development phase. SRF also assisted the City with a successful FTA Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Program grant. The City received $765,000 in federal funds to conduct station area plans around the Downtown Circulator; work is expected to begin in 2019.

Visit the DMC website for more information.