1. If that were true, it would be bad for Rochester (one horse town) and for ZipRail (one horse demand)
2. If that were true, Mpls/SPUD still makes more sense than MSP since a majority of Mayo's Rochester patients and guests are from the midwest.
3. Luckily, the job numbers and the transportation numbers I've seen from my contacts in Rochester show that Mayo/Mayo-related is a large share of demand, but not an oversized share.
1. Rochester is a one horse town. If all Mayo employees lived in Rochester they would comprise over 1/3 of the population. Certainly if we added in supporting industries it would be over 1/2. Nothing except Mayo makes the scale of this infrastructure reasonable.
2. Basically zero extra-regional visitors arrive via SPUD. Empire Builder over its entirety (2200+ miles) only has 500k passengers per year. Intercity Bus at a minimum splits demand with Hawthorne. Rochester City Lines' commuter service goes near the airport in Bloomington.
If the choice were between Downtown Minneapolis, I would support that. However, the airport is a far larger multi-modal transportation center and closer to the economic heart of the region.