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by Scott Wood
April 29th, 2021, 9:12 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 794
Views: 115027

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

Occupied stores are always better than vacant stores, but it's a little disappointing to lock in that three acre parking lot and 750' of blank street frontage for several more years. I'd think a furniture store would need a fair bit less parking than a Walmart of the same size, so maybe there's sti...
by Scott Wood
December 5th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 386
Views: 55355

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Update being given to the Met Council full meeting next week. Short-term: Central, Como-Maryland, Johnson-Lyndale, Rice-Robert Mid-term: Grand, Nicollet, West Broadway-Cedar Long-term: 63rd-Zane, Lowry, Randolph-E 7th F Line decision in March/April 2021. https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Co...
by Scott Wood
November 29th, 2020, 12:27 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Riversedge (Former West Publishing / County Jail site)
Replies: 143
Views: 41586

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

We just moved back downtown and this project is horrifying. Not only does it block the river view, it also doesn't add affordable housing (important for disabled people who need to live close to accessible amenities!). Good thing Gov. Walz turned down the $40M bonding request. https://www.twincitie...
by Scott Wood
November 11th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 283
Views: 56100

Re: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)

The article says the 10k+ seat minimum would be waived, but I wonder if CHS could easily add another bleacher section or two? Probably outfield would be easiest. I love the compact feel of it as it is, though. I hope they wouldn't do that without adding concession capacity to match. Another craft b...
by Scott Wood
October 20th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)
Replies: 473
Views: 60531

Re: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)

If the 94 route can be an express bus connecting the downtowns having a similar service from MOA to the downtowns seems worth looking into. Maybe even connecting them all into an O Line service with a round loop service going in both directions. Even if red line rides didn’t have a one seat ride in...
by Scott Wood
September 12th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 309842

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

The first bit is about Dakota County's interest in transit, which of course they recently demonstrated by causing the CTIB to collapse. Yeah, because we were getting a lousy deal. Dakota contributed 13 percent of the funding and only got 7 percent of the spending. Sure, I get that the money doesn't...
by Scott Wood
July 1st, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N
Replies: 58
Views: 17722

Re: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N

re: the pin placement

Looks like they mistook Summit Ave. for I-94.

I mean, a mistake anyone could make, right? 😝
More like mistaking Snelling Ave S for Snelling Ave N, and not actually looking at the map before publishing it.
by Scott Wood
June 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 313
Views: 53837

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

Right, blinking yellow in all other contexts indicates that the person performing that motion does not have the right of way. Why are we supposed to assume people know it means something here? I mean, I take your word for it, but I don't think the signal itself communicates that meaning. Blinking y...
by Scott Wood
November 7th, 2018, 11:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 441
Views: 64142

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Wisconsin still has a GOP supermajority in the state legislature and senate They have a significant majority in each house, but as far as I can tell it's short of a 2/3 veto-proof supermajority (at least in the senate, not sure about the assembly). Hopefully this translates into a fairer map during...
by Scott Wood
October 31st, 2018, 12:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 413
Views: 74879

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

You're disappointed by putting the station closer to origins/destinations? Strawman argument. I'm arguing in favor of the downtown loop for the Gold Line, for cripe's sake. Please don't put words in my mouth. People connected to the Green Line project and involved in that decision say that it was a...
by Scott Wood
October 27th, 2018, 12:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 413
Views: 74879

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

Gotta artificially drive usage of Union Depot so we can pretend the quarter billion dollars spent to restore it for two trains a day was worth it. I am on the Gold Line CBAC. While I disagree with Commissioner McDonough's stance on the issue of the "loop" - I do understand his vision for the Depot....
by Scott Wood
October 6th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 309842

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

A hybrid solution to save Route 70 service - eliminate the 84 entirely, and put those service hours into keeping the Route 70 running all day. Instead of terminating at Ford/Cleveland, the Route 70 would absorb that tail end of Route 84 that serves St. Paul Ave down to the Shepard/Davern area (i.e....
by Scott Wood
February 27th, 2017, 4:41 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation
Replies: 231
Views: 26896

Re: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation

Conference Committee still necessary, no? I don't think the differences between the House bill are too major though. I'm not clear on this either. Popular consensus seems to be that the two bills call for (slightly) different opening times. If you're the author of the Senate bill though, why not ju...
by Scott Wood
February 25th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Metro Transit fares
Replies: 70
Views: 4249

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The new ones seem to work better for me personally, but I don't ride the bus often enough to have a good sample size. But they seem to get a read faster than the old ones. I used to have to hold my wallet against the reader as I walked into the bus and now as soon as I put my wallet there it beeps ...
by Scott Wood
August 17th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Litmus test for whether you're a terrible person or not
Replies: 21
Views: 1534

Re: Litmus test for whether you're a terrible person or not

My favorite are the people who take advantage of the fact that the person with the green light is waiting to enter the intersection until space is available, by turning right on red into the space as soon as it opens up.
by Scott Wood
May 23rd, 2016, 8:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 717
Views: 63969

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

The California model where laws passed by initiative can't be amended without another referendum is clearly flawed, but there could be value in an initiative process that does not bind the legislature's hands, as a way to bypass gridlock and/or apathy in the legislature. If a law passed by initiativ...
by Scott Wood
December 28th, 2015, 2:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 809
Views: 118269

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Finally, I'll respond to the unwritten subtext of "what about that smart guy?" Basically, you have little to no idea what you're talking about. If you had any interest at all in cost effective rail operations in America, rather than just trying to score cheap points, you'd have at least a basic und...
by Scott Wood
December 28th, 2015, 10:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 809
Views: 118269

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

They also use DMUs which are illegal in America which is a whole other can of worms. The $20 or so per subsidy ride is just outrageous, I don't know what do about that. The capital expense is pretty much a sunk cost that we can't get back (except maybe a few million in the train sets). So is there ...
by Scott Wood
November 19th, 2015, 3:49 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 609
Views: 172075

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Thune claimed this is the developer's fault for choosing to build condos, rather than smaller apartment units like the neighboring buildings, even though supposedly the building footprint is dictated by the parking (the neighboring apartment buildings provide little parking). So is Thune saying he'd...
by Scott Wood
November 4th, 2015, 4:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1286
Views: 12970

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Likewise, when waiting at a light before pulling into Union Depot station, the train announces that this is the last stop and that everyone should exit, which sometimes confuses people who wonder why the doors won't open. It also displays "Next: Central" when heading toward Union Depot.