Efficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.

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Per August 20, 2015 Randy Shaver's letter to DMCC Board the following issues are to be addressed:

  1. A Transit and Street Capacity Study to further refine the work in the development plan to determine the feasibility and impact of reducing important urban arterials such as 2ND Street for transit lanes.
  2. Initiation of the federally required Project Planning study for a downtown circulator, looking into more detail into routes, modes, funding, design and operation.
  3. An integrated study of Downtown Parking and Park and Ride needs to determine overall parking needs, the phasing of new parking, changes to parking management structure, funding and more detailed look into the shared parking concept.
  4. Work with the DMCC and DMC EDA to determine the feasible and appropriate Phase 1 priority infrastructure projects and funding. A DMCC budget and CIP needs to be developed, refined and submitted to the DMCC and the City.
  5. Policy and ordinance studies to determine changes in parking requirements, how parking integrates with transit, and land use requirements.
Rochester City Transit Plan

Beam Project Description

Description

The local transit system will face various challenges in the coming years. Following are some of the more obvious ones. Provide convenient service with competitive ride times and adequate community coverage Design services attractive to riders and easy to use and to effectively communicate information about them Provide at a minimum peak hour service to all Rochester neighborhoods Increase community access and mobility. Maintain and expand park and ride facilities partnering whenever possible with private business Evaluate whether the existing hub and spoke system design with a single transfer location (downtown) will meet short and long term operational needs.

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Beam Status

February 23, 2017 CNG: City Transit Plan ready for public review

Bryan Law presented the latest Rochester city transit planning status

to CNG's Feb. 2017 meeting.

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November 02, 2016 CNG: City Transit Updates with the community

This presentation is being shared with the community.

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October 11, 2016 TBD: Rochester City Transit Development Plan Public Feedback Sessions

Five public meetings are scheduled to discuss Transit Development Plan here in Rochester. The RPT is asking for people's input on how to make the new Transit Development Plan successful.

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October 18, 2015 openBEAM.net: Joseph Kapper, AICP Senior Transportation Planner SRF Consulting Group, Inc. Conducting Focus Groups

Rochester Transit Development Plan – Focused Discussion Groups Date:Tuesday, October 27th Times:Option #1: 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. Option #2: 1:30p.m. – 3:00p.m. Location: Rochester City Hall, Conference Room #320 201 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904

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Olmsted County Long Term Transportation Plan

Beam Project Description

Description

The purpose of the Long Range Transportation Plan is: To identify major transportation investment needs in Olmsted County over the next 30-40 years To satisfy the federal mandate that all urban areas have a transportation plan that discusses the level in investment that can occur based on reasonably available funding To coordinate the actions of cities, counties, townships and MNDOT in developing major transportation facilities and services To provide updated system planning maps reflecting current thinking on community growth and land use development

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Beam Status

December 25, 2016 ROCOG: Transportation: ROCOG Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Per the following  the ROCOG LRTP has been rendered online for immediate consumption.

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DMC Transportation Framework

Beam Project Description

Description

While there are several different plans being proposed, there is a need to interconnect all those piece parts to integrate them into the transportation framework of the DMC transportation vision.

Results

  1. Efficient, convenient and accessible transportation systems that provides favorable cost structure commuters, employers and the public sector
  2. More marketable downtown properties
  3. More efficient and effective use of existing and future parking supplies
  4. Better efficiencies in the use of land and reduced parking development costs (for both private and public sectors)
  5. Greater transit ridership
  6. Reduced traffic congestion
  7. A strong partnership between the public sector, Mayo Clinic and the downtown business community
  8. Measurable success based on consensus targets for access and growth

Indicators

  1. Organization that effectively supports and advocates the long-term economic vitality and livability of the downtown
  2. Downtown parking to support economic development goals
  3. Increased percentage of downtown employees commuting by transit from 10% (2008) to 23-30% by 2035
  4. Increased number and percentage of commuter bike trips to downtown Rochester from an existing bike/walk mode split of 7% (2008) to 13% by 2035
  5. Increased percentage of downtown employees commuting by carpool/vanpools to downtown Rochester from 12% (2008) to 14% (2035)
  6. Increased employee awareness of the Rochester Access Management Authority and alternative mode transportation options
  7. System-wide partnerships to support parking and TDM efforts/mission

Strategy

While there are several different plans being proposed, there is a need to interconnect all those piece parts to integrate them into the transportation framework of the DMC transportation vision:  primary function of this Transportation Plan is to provide investment guidance for DMC transit and transportation infrastructure funding.

This recognizes the need for enhanced workforce access and quality transportation options to grow a competitive, diverse, and sustainable economic center in Rochester. The transportation element of the DMC Development Plan serves as a guiding investment strategy based on sound market analysis and full integration with the 20-year DMC development program. It guides investment of DMC dollars directed to transit and transportation projects, including $116 million in State Transit Aid (approximately $47 million of which will come from Olmsted County), and public infrastructure funding to support other transportation related improvements such as streets and parking structure.

The strategy has been established to leverage DMC funding with City/County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funding, projects identified in the sales tax extension (approved in 2013), current and future State (MDOT)

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Beam Status

June 24, 2016 openBEAM.net: SRF Status Reports on DMC Transportation and questions about MWO supply chain

A number of DMC Transportation RFP questions were brought up by Susan Park Rani, DMC board member.

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May 29, 2016 openBEAM.net: DMCC Board raised concern about lack of transporation planning progress

Frustration was raised about the lack of transportation stake-in-the-ground at the May 26, 2016 DMC Board meeting. In project management 101 parlance, there is a lack of a work-break-down-structure of the overall DMC development plan.

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August 27, 2015 DMC EDA: Transportation: DMC Transportation Framework

DMCC has approved a funding $500,000 per year to contract a transit planner to spearhead transit studies

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CNG/Social Sector

Beam Project Description

Description

Purpose: Provide the City’s Transit Planners with social/education sector agency perspectives on clients’ transit/transportation needs

Strategy

Work with CNG members in conjunction with Transit Planner to determine what role and value CNG can provide.

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Beam Status

March 03, 2016 TBD: Channel One is leading CNG subgroup to consolidate agencies transit needs

Sub-group agencies led by JW of Channel One. A survey of agencies' client needs are being conducted.

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November 04, 2015 openBEAM.net: CNG To Host Transportation Agency Forum

Community Networking Group (CNG) assisting City Transit Planner to host a community-wide transportation needs forum to gather inputs from area social/education agencies. Agencies attending the meeting will be asked to come prepared to provide information: Agency location. Hours of operation for client services. Estimated # clients. Estimated average visits/year/client. Estimated % clients who need transportation to the agency. Transportation services provided directly by the agency, if any. Percent of agency budget spent on client transportation.

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Zip Rail

Beam Project Description

Description

The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor, or Zip Rail, is an approximately 100-mile corridor located between Rochester and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area (Twin Cities). The corridor includes Olmsted, Dodge, Goodhue, Rice, Dakota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The rail corridor is planned to connect Rochester with existing and/or proposed transportation facilities in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is consistent with an eventual high speed passenger rail regional connection between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Zip Rail offers a different type of service than commuter rail or existing rail service:

Results

Economic Growth

  • Zip Rail would contribute annual incremental economic activity of $987 million to the State of Minnesota, $84 million of that benefiting Olmsted County. Over 25 years, this incremental economic activity would total more than $16.8 billion to the state, including more than $1.4 billion to Olmsted County.
  • Additional annual income from employment growth would be $446 million across the State of Minnesota, $45 million of that benefiting Olmsted County. Over 25 years, this additional income from employment growth would total more than $7.6 billion for the state and more than $765 million for Olmsted County.
  • Annual tax revenues would increase by $46 million to the State of Minnesota, $3 million to Olmsted County and $94 million to the federal government. Over 25 years this additional tax revenue would total more than $784 million to the state, including more than $59 million to Olmsted County, and nearly $1.6 billion to the federal government.

 

Job Creation

  • The increased economic activity described above will, over 25 years, increase employment in Minnesota by 7,888 jobs, including an increase of 610 in Olmsted County.
  • During the course of construction of the line, 3,250 jobs would be created. Over the long term, 150 rail operations and maintenance jobs would be sustained.
 

User Benefits

  • The value of time savings to businesses is estimated at $25 million in the first year of operation resulting from worker productivity while in transit on Zip Rail versus the non-productive time of driving.
  • The value of time savings to individuals using Zip Rail is estimated at $4 million in the first year of operation.
  • An estimated 40 motor vehicle crashes would be avoided in the first year of Zip Rail operations, a monetized savings of $4 million.
  • Over 25 years, 1,188 crashes would be avoided, 10 of which would be classified as fatal; total monetary savings is estimated to be $88 million.
  • Zip Rail use would reduce motor vehicle petroleum use by approximately 2.5 million gallons and emissions by 22,000 metric tons in the first year of operation with a value of $750,000 in the first year and $16 million over the entire 25-year period.

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Beam Status

June 26, 2016 openBEAM.net: The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail): if becoming more real then what?

"It's full steam ahead for a private rail company looking to build a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities. North American High Speed Rail Group's Chief Manager Wendy Meadley said a preliminary study of the possible route has not turned up any major problems." A lot of speculation still at this point. If becoming more real, how does ZIP rail end points get connected to Rochester transit system and DMC transportation network.

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October 06, 2015 Post Bulletin: The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

With no federal funding for high-speed rail on the horizon, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are considering suspending work on Zip Rail once an environmental review is done.

"We recognize that without a reliable source of funding for the planning and construction of a high-speed rail line, the project really just is in kind of limbo," said MnDOT Chief of Staff Eric Davis.

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Transportation Requirement

Transportation Requirement

A coordinated transit system is crucial for many residents and DMC (Project identified)

Requirement Description

Rochester owns a transit system, but there is also a school transit system, ZIP's dial-a-ride, Charter buses, private employee shuttles, hotel shuttles, private handicap transport, taxi services, illegal taxi services and numerous soccer moms in minivans. All of these often-repetitive services propagate because none provide coverage the community requires. For the city, this means more pollution, more congestion, less frequent service and more money spent.

Requirement Source

Michale Wojcik

Potential Sponosor(s)

Rochester City Council, DMCC

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Transportation Status/News

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DMCC approves $22M in capitral improvement projects for 2018 (November 04, 2017)

While the DMC EDA budget will rise from $3.5 million this year to more than $3.7 million next year, the city will contribute $122,000 less and Mayo Clinic's contribution will increase by $337,000.

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Planning 2 Succeed: Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan (September 10, 2017)

P2S updates to be presented to CNG in September CNG meeting. 

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DMC $200M Goal Reached and state money to start flowing (July 19, 2017)

Having reached the local investmen of $200M, the city will receive $2.75 for each $100 spent beyond the $200 million.

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Diversity Council extending Compass Points Data to direct Rapid Concensus conversations (April 28, 2017)

On April 26, 2017 Diversity Council utilizing data from Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points data combining with other community data analyses successfully developed and convened a Rapid Consensus conversation program as part of the 2017 Mayo Community Luncheon celebrating and inspiring an inclusive community. 

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City Transit Plan ready for public review (February 23, 2017)

Bryan Law presented the latest Rochester city transit planning status

to CNG's Feb. 2017 meeting.

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What is Transportation Beam?

Offered in partnership with Community Networking Group (CNG) and openBEAM.net, Transportation Beam is a sub-site of dmcbeam.org to model a best-practiced tool to manage and coordinate large scale, overarching and cross-sector projects/plans to do with SE MN's long-term transportation needs and visions. 

 

 

Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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