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Old 02-06-2015, 06:50 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am researching the Rochester real estate market and have a particular interest in Byron, 10 miles west of Rochester. Google maps identifies the drive as 13 minutes from Byron to the Mayo Clinic. I Understand that everywhere in the US, a "rush hour" exists for commuters driving to and from their place of employment.

My question is, how bad is the daily traffic at peak travel times between Byron and the Mayo Clinic?

Is it 13 minutes or so?

Weather aside, could I get stuck for more than 20 minutes on this route?

Thank you for your input!
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:44 AM
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You're in the right ballpark, but it may not matter. If you're working at Mayo, you won't have downtown parking privileges for a long time unless you have been told explicitly otherwise.

At off peak times, it only takes about 10-15 minutes depending on exactly where you are starting and stopping in each city. So, the US-14 portion would be about 8-12 minutes. I generally avoid that stretch during peak times since I have no reason to go that way. The few times I have, it seems more annoying than slow. The road is at pretty much the maximum capacity at which traffic can still flow freely. On a typical day, I doubt it's more than a few minutes longer during rush hour. Any road construction, accident, or other adverse event can clog things up pretty quickly, though.

There are commuter buses that run to Mayo from many surrounding communities including Byron. If you work for Mayo, they cover roughly half the posted fare from Byron:

Byron MN Commuter Bus Schedule | Rochester City Lines

Carpooling is another option. Mayo has a parking ramp for carpools of three or more employees. The catch is that all three have to be in the car when you enter the ramp. There is no shortage of employees commuting from Byron, so I doubt you'd have much trouble rounding up a carpool. Or just make friends with somebody who already has parking and ride with them.
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