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Rochester applying to expand public transportation

A grant could help Rochester keep up with its growing population.

Posted: Jul. 19, 2018 9:02 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - As the city continues to grow, it's means of getting people around will need to as well.

That's why the city of Rochester is applying for a Federal Transit Grant. Money from the grant could help the city beef up its public transportation to help people get around quicker and more efficiently.

The city asked the Committee for Urban Design and Environment, a volunteer group appointed by the mayor, for their support in applying for the grant to have community voices onboard. At their meeting on Thursday, they approved to support the grant.

"We are growing, and we have an affordable housing crisis in the city. We have a transportation system which works now, but as the city grows, will be undersized," explains Chair of CUDE Paul Sims.

The City of Rochester will apply for the grant by July 24 and the Federal Transit Administration will decide by September 2019 if the project will be funded. If Rochester's project is chosen, there will be a period of finalizing paperwork. The city is proposing the project to take between 18 and 22 months to complete.

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