Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 10, 2016

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MnDOT invites public comment about southeast Minnesota transit

Public meetings set in Red Wing, Northfield, Albert Lea, Winona

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Four public meetings will be held March 16-17 about inter-county and intercity transit service opportunities in southeast Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold meetings in Red Wing, Northfield, Albert Lea and Winona to discuss how transit might be developed to meet the needs of residents, businesses, institutions and human service providers. A MnDOT planning team will present findings from its travel study and let community members know how they can provide input as the study moves into its final phase.

The meetings are:

  • Wednesday, March 16 – Red Wing City Hall, 315 W. 4th St., 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16 – Northfield City Hall, 8901 Washington St., 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16 – Albert Lea Transit Center, 905 E. 16th St, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17 – Winona Family Community Center, 1756 Kramer Dr., 5 to 7 p.m.

Southeast Minnesota residents are also invited to join the planning team for a project webinar Monday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The webinar, accessible by computer or phone, will include a presentation of the study findings and allow for questions and answers about the service alternatives.

Interested persons can go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/142366741. For audio only, dial 877-309-2073 and use access code 142-366-741.

MnDOT studied transit needs in an 11-county region. Potential regional transit links were identified and evaluated, including links between Red Wing and Rochester, Northfield and Bloomington, Albert Lea and Faribault, Austin and Rochester, and Winona and Rochester.

Overall population growth in the 11 counties is expected to average 15 percent in the next 30 years. Olmsted County’s population is projected to grow by 22 percent.

More information is available on the project website at www.mndot.gov/transit/reports/system-studies/southeast-mn-travel.html.

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