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by DanPatchToget
September 26th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57588

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I rode the Empire Builder yesterday between St. Paul and Winona. Around an hour late going to Winona, and we had to pull off into a couple sidings for freight traffic. Back to St. Paul we were going pretty fast almost the whole time and arrived 7 minutes early.
by DanPatchToget
September 21st, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Edina – General Topics
Replies: 84
Views: 14115

Re: Edina – General Topics

The former dry cleaning place in the Cahill neighborhood was demolished and construction has started on a 4-story apartment building that will have 62 affordable units.
by DanPatchToget
September 20th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 265
Views: 25962

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

There's a proposal for 15 townhomes on the northeast corner of Penn & 86th Street. I believe the single-family home on the site has been demolished. Of course some people in the surrounding area are very against it, saying it will increase traffic, destroy the residential character of the neighborho...
by DanPatchToget
September 14th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 448778

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Cool. Now they can finish building all those enormous bridges getting built over suburban stroads and wetlands. Every time we visit my SIL in Eden Prairie, I'm astonished at the infrastructure going in along 212. Better than another new highway or grade-separated intersection that's supposedly need...
by DanPatchToget
September 10th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285863

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

The article mentions no "direct transit services" to Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College, but Metro Transit serves the former and MVTA served the latter pre-COVID.
by DanPatchToget
September 9th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57588

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

If HSR (around 220 mph) is ever built in Minnesota it should be Twin Cities-Rochester-La Crosse-Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago. Improving existing rail corridors like the one the Empire Builder operates on to allow higher speeds (110 mph max), less delays by freight traffic, and allow additional trains s...
by DanPatchToget
September 9th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57588

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

The problem for Amtrak with routes like the Empire Builder is that they are extremely unprofitable. I think it makes sense for Amtrak to run them fewer times per week, but the Minneapolis-Chicago route should be (at least four times) daily in both directions, and I hope they are able to break that ...
by DanPatchToget
September 8th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57588

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

If only there was someone running for president who regularly rode Amtrak and understands its value to the American people. I see what you're getting at, but it's going to take more than electing Biden to make Amtrak actually good (I would say great again, but let's face it, it's never been "great"...
by DanPatchToget
September 8th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57588

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

In case anyone didn't know, Amtrak is planning to cut service on many long-distance routes, including the Empire Builder, from daily to tri-weekly. The service cuts for the Empire Builder are planned to begin October 19th. Westbound service will depart Chicago on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. East...
by DanPatchToget
September 4th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 308
Views: 46438

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

But isn't the proposed routing on Central, then 53rd to University, and a northern terminus at Northtown Mall?
by DanPatchToget
September 3rd, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 308
Views: 46438

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Is it really a deal breaker for a Nicollet-Central aBRT to be a couple miles longer than the D Line? My main concern with this route is the Central Avenue segment where it crosses the Canadian Pacific tracks at-grade. Just one train could really screw up the schedule, and there's no plans for grade-...
by DanPatchToget
August 24th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1617
Views: 165238

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Construction has started on the Lake Marion Trail in Burnsville. This will eventually link Savage and Farmington via Burnsville and Lakeville.

http://www.burnsvillemn.gov/2231/Lake-Marion-Trail
by DanPatchToget
August 16th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143115

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm always fine with a tunnel, of course, but it's expensive and takes longer and might lead to stops being placed less conveniently to cut costs. This project is already expensive. Granted it would be more expensive with a tunnel, but lets not pretend the Blue Line Extension running almost entirel...
by DanPatchToget
August 15th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143115

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm always fine with a tunnel, of course, but it's expensive and takes longer and might lead to stops being placed less conveniently to cut costs. This project is already expensive. Granted it would be more expensive with a tunnel, but lets not pretend the Blue Line Extension running almost entirel...
by DanPatchToget
August 14th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 308
Views: 46438

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I'm pretty sure the 54 bus/W 7th aBRT corridor is going to stay, and it's not because Riverview is canceled. Towards the end of the Riverview alternatives analysis process, they had basically settled on needing 2 transit services in the corridor. One direct connection between downtown and the airpo...
by DanPatchToget
August 13th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 308
Views: 46438

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

In previous BRT analysis and still in the running: Nicollet - Downtown Minneapolis to American Blvd (#18) Central-University - Downtown Minneapolis to Northtown (#10) W Broadway-Cedar - Robbinsdale to 38th St Blue Line (#14/#22) - extended south along Cedar compared to old plan W 7th-White Bear - M...
by DanPatchToget
August 13th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143115

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

If they're that desperate for the BNSF alignment then tell Hennepin County to give up the land in Crystal that BNSF needs to build their connection with Canadian Pacific. Otherwise it's either a no-go or jumping through a lot of hoops for several years to try to make BNSF cooperate. Or pray that Joe...
by DanPatchToget
August 7th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143115

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

As for tunneling, are we suggesting there's as much political will to tunnel under single family detached houses as under an airport? I know we tunneled to avoid townhouses but that doesn't mean we're obligated to blow money like that again. I'm suggesting there should be the political will to tunn...
by DanPatchToget
August 7th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143115

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I don't know if the crash stats would support this argument, but hasn't center-running made train-car and train-pedestrian crashes more likely?
by DanPatchToget
August 6th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 776
Views: 112490

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Would be nice to have something equivalent to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 but for passenger rail.