Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Downtown Rochester Transit Center is set to temporarily relocate this week. 

A Spokesman for Rochester Public Transit says the service will be moving nine bus stops. The location change is due to a planned closure and detour of 2nd St. Southwest in the downtown due to underground utility work relating to the Discovery Walk Project. 

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Starting on Thursday, April 13, the Downtown Transit Center will transfer to a temporary location at Central Park. Officials say 33 routes will be picking up and dropping off passengers along five block faces, which include each of the four sides of Central Park. 

Rochester Public Transit
Rochester Public Transit

The routes will follow their normal schedules, however delays are likely. Riders are encouraged to consider taking an earlier route to avoid inconveniences prompted by delays. 

The bus stop location, which are set to be in place until Sunday, April 16 are: 

  •       Routes 101, 103, 202, 204, 411, 21, 22, and 23 will load on the west block face of Central Park along 2 Avenue NW.
  •       Routes 102, 116, 205, 206, 217, 306 will stop on the north block face of Central Park along 3 Street NW.
  •       Routes 408, 412, 413, 418, 419, 24, 25, 26 will stop on the east block face of Central Park along 1 Avenue NW
  •       Routes 307, 309, 314, 409, and 150X, 560X (westbound), 250X (AM), and 506 will stop on the south face of Central Park along 2 Street NW.
  •       Routes 203, 560X (eastbound), and 250 (PM) will stop on the south side of 2 Street NW across the street from Central Park.

Officials say the buses are set to return to their regular locations along 2nd St. on Monday, April 17. The work will be shifted to April 20-23 if weather conditions delay the planned work along 2nd St.

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