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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester Public Transit has announced some routes that were suspended last year due to the pandemic are scheduled to resume Monday.

The news means RPT's operations are nearly back to normal.

RPT released this information:

  • Route 217 replaces Route 17 and serves southeast Rochester on Weekdays.
  • Route 418 is a weekday route in northwest Rochester and replaces Route 18.
  • Route 505 is a shopper route that circulates in north Rochester on Tuesdays.
  • Route 506 is a shopper route that circulates in south Rochester on Fridays.

The weekly shopper routes, previously known as Route 55, carry passengers to popular retail locations from multi-unit and senior housing apartment buildings.

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Rochester Public Transit manager Ia Xiong explains:

“Returning these four routes means that almost all of the regular service routes have returned to operation in Rochester.”

“Each month we see more and more of our customers returning to transit. It is a trend we would like to see continue, and bringing back these routes supports that goal.”

News update:  Another change concerning Rochester's North Broadway begins Monday.

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