Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester Public Transit is asking members of the public to complete a survey that will help RPT evaluate transit performance and plan for the future.

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According to a news release from the City of Rochester, RPT is gathering the pubilc feedback as part of the creation of the 5-year transit development plan. The online survey is available on the project website. The plan will guide all aspects of transit service and investment in Rochester such as capital investments in facilities and service delivery changes and improvements in the planning period.

“This is a pivotal time for RPT and transit in Rochester,” said Operations Specialist Bradley Bobbitt, who leads the planning. “Right now we are early in our planning efforts, which is the best opportunity for the public to have a say in how future transit service is delivered and investments in the transit system are prioritized.”

“Like most transit systems, we are in the process of rebuilding ridership and understanding the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “We are also preparing to add the first electric vehicles to our fleet, and are on a path to launch greater Minnesota’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) route.”

The news release also stated that persons with disabilities who use RPT's Zumbro Independent Passenger Service (ZIPS) were mailed a survey in September as part of the planning effort. The ZIPS survey is also available online and is not limited to those who currently use the service.

The release also said that draft recommendations will be developed over the winter and shared with the public in early 2022, with additional feedback to be gathered at that time. It is expected that a final 5-year transit development plan will be presented to Rochester City Council in late summer 2022 for approval.

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