Road closures in Rochester for President Trump's visit

Rochester prepares for the President's visit.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 11:50 PM
Updated: Oct. 3, 2018 6:35 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Rochester Public Transportation is preparing for the president's visit to Rochester and trying to make commutes as easy as possible with the huge crowds.

"With 5-10,000 people expected downtown for the rally, we want to give people an opportunity to avoid the congestion and take the bus. So it's a fare free day on Thursday. All day every route on Thursday is fare free," Nick Lemmer with Rochester Public Transit said. 

Lemmer said this won't have much impact on their revenue. 

"A lot of our revenue comes from people who hold passes or folks who take the bus for work so on any given day, we can give a fare free holiday without suffering a big financial hit," he said. 

Lemmer has this advice to those who are worried about their bus rides or driving downtown.

"We encourage people if they need to get home or anything just to leave a little extra time in the afternoon because things are going to get crowded."

Along with free fares, RPT is offering a bus service that will go from RCTC to downtown all day. So you can park your car at the campus then take a bus into town without having to worry about parking in downtown.

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