Transit Design Principles

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Section seven of the DMC Development Plan called transportation investment "the connective fabric that ties the DMC vision together" and upon which hinges future economic development. The trajectory of that investment was set according to ten transportation principles outlined in the plan. Those principles continue to guide planning efforts. They are:

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  • Make it easy, affordable, and convenient for people from southeast 
  • Minnesota and around the world to get to downtown Rochester 
  • Bring 23-30% of the workforce to downtown Rochester on transit by 2035
  • Create a park-once downtown environment connected by a frequent downtown circulator
  • Build shared-parking prioritized for economic development
  • Create world-class streets, designed for people
  • Create an exceptional place for healthy, human-powered transportation
  • Form a downtown Rochester access authority
  • Invest in sustainable transportation infrastructure and programs that reduce the ecological footprint of the city
  • Use DMC funding to leverage public and private transportation infrastructure funding
  • Establish and maintain a transportation network that is accessible and inclusive to people of all ages, abilities, and states of wellness