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by tmart
October 18th, 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 319
Views: 47672

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

As more aBRT lines begin operation, I don’t see why Red, Gold, and Rush(purple?) are colors instead of letters. To me, it seems it will confuse the casual rider. I agree. Especially given that the Orange Line will run in carpool lanes and the Red Line runs in shoulders, the only thing they really c...
by tmart
October 15th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 227
Views: 29793

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The easiest way to extend it south would be to have it Take Cedar Lake Rd/Wayzata Blvd out of Bryn Mawr and then it could take Ewing/France to the W. Lake St SWLRT Station. There's a lot of dead zone in that route without much transit potential to duplicate a route that could be taken with a transf...
by tmart
October 15th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 227
Views: 29793

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

I had a fantasy dream of having the C extend across to Kenwood then down Franklin Ave on a bus-only viaduct bridge. That is a fabulous idea. In my head it was unfortunate that there was no way to continue past Bryn Mawr station without switching to LRT, but a short bridge like that would be super p...
by tmart
October 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1043
Views: 161311

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Exactly what we need: another freeway to continue our dependence on roads, cars, and gasoline. At least until there's train service with private, individually ventilated compartments from every front to every other front door in the country. Are you suggesting we try to pave our way out of the clim...
by tmart
October 15th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 227
Views: 29793

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

With the D Line funded and Bottineau LRT looking more and more like it might get rerouted to actually serve North, I was thinking about how there are gonna be three high-frequency lines that originate in North and all run across Downtown in the same direction. If all those lines run with high freque...
by tmart
October 13th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 539
Views: 55082

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation is the largest sector of carbon emissions in Minnesota and may even have started to trend upwards again in recent years, so the state pretty obviously has an interest in acting to cut them. Based on the powers the state has, I can see a few options: Regulatory approach: adopt CARB reg...
by tmart
September 28th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16803

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

So the idea of a RYG right turn arrows could work, but again there's things to think about 1) You would need to provide right turn lanes, otherwise we're in the same situation we're trying to solve by banning left turns, where a driver is unable to make a turn for a substantial amount of time, so s...
by tmart
September 27th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16803

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

If it did turn out to be a real problem, we could just change the lights to have only straight arrow/right turn arrow, instead of full green, and then it would be completely unambiguous. (As a bonus, this also makes it easy to implement a leading pedestrian signal). Green arrows are only allowed wh...
by tmart
September 25th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16803

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

Eliminating street parking and left turns into businesses will be a sure-fire way to gain local buy-in. That's fine; I still think it's the most efficient and safe design that balances the different uses for the corridor. That doesn't mean it's politically popular or feasible, but it's worth identi...
by tmart
September 25th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16803

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

Do people actually abide by left turn bans? Even if it's 90%, the 10% that ignores it could really grind that street to a halt. I think you would really need a more drastic change (either making the E/W street one-way, or closing the entrance, or building a median to block the turn) to make that vi...
by tmart
September 25th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16803

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

I think banning lefts not only makes the project enormously easier to accommodate all the desired uses, but also probably makes travel times faster for drivers. It's relatively uncommon in the Twin Cities, but banning lefts on major arterials is not a ridiculous or extreme proposition by any means. ...
by tmart
September 10th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58224

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I think transcontinental HSR is more of a political framework than a transportation framework. It signals to activists that the scale of investment would be large, it signals to non-coastal states that this won't just benefit NY and CA, and it has the big, ambitious, optimistic feel of going to the ...
by tmart
September 9th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58224

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I'm not really surprised, Amtrak has been more aggressive in trying to find ways to cut long distance service ever since Anderson was appointed president (maybe even since Moorman to an extent) and I think is still true with Flynn. Question is does the Twin Cities make the cut for Amtrak's other go...
by tmart
August 16th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1159
Views: 144605

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 tmart
August 15th, 2020, 12:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1159
Views: 144605

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I know the politics of cars are nothing like the reality, but from a geometry perspective I really don't find the argument that Broadway is too narrow to be particularly compelling. It's part of a mostly grid-like structure so flow changes from cutting down to one slow travel lane each way and banni...
by tmart
July 12th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449127

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The current Green Line is great for connecting people to destinations like the U and Midway, but it doesn't effectively solve the problem of a fast trip between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and that in turn really diminishes the value of treating SWLRT as an extension. There are lots of great ideas for...
by tmart
May 2nd, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 28493

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Not to say that it wouldn't be useful, but doing something on Selby has much more significant impacts than on the others: A 12' cycle track, a 3' curb buffer, an 11' travel lane, and an 18' travel/parking lane seems more than adequate and consistent with city width guidelines (and even leaves a cou...
by tmart
April 30th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 28493

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Not to say that it wouldn't be useful, but doing something on Selby has much more significant impacts than on the others: - Selby is 46' (ish) curb to curb, so on 3-lane sections a cycletrack means removing both sides of parking in a busy commercial district - The trail comes out on the north side ...
by tmart
April 29th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 28493

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I think there are real opportunities for bike improvements on Jefferson, St. Clair, Grand (to connect to Summit), and Hamline. This part of Hamline in particular is part of the city/county 4-3 study. Selby is probably the least likely/most difficult to make improvements on. Any of those would be pr...
by tmart
April 29th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 28493

Re: Ayd Mill Road

There will be trail spurs at each ramp (Jefferson, St. Clair, Grand, Hamline, Selby) connecting the trail up to the surface. But there is a need for more work to make those streets comfortable when you're up there. Yeah, as much as I think better (and more frequent) connections on/off the new trail...