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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester Public Transit is offering its services for those who need a place to keep cool during today’s stifling heat and humidity - free of charge.

RPT has activated its “A Cool Place to Be” transit service, which allows anyone who is seeking relief from dangerous heat to ride its buses for free.

RPT says passengers simply need to tell the driver at the time of boarding that they are seeking a cool place to be or words to that effect. No fare will be charged and passengers are welcome to remain on board during regular service hours. Passengers are encouraged to be aware of the route and schedule so as not to become stranded far away from home or their destination.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that will be in effect through 9:00 pm Wednesday.

News update:  Two counties in SE Minnesota may have to revisit their face mask policies.

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