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by tmart
September 15th, 2021, 4:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

1) I run up and down Victory Memorial Parkway almost everyday past here. I don't like the third bridge over the parkway. They're replacing the other three currently. It's becoming a concrete jungle on a parkway which is one of the nicest things North has. 2) I also don't like how the station only s...
by tmart
September 14th, 2021, 10:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

At North Memorial, Option #2 is superior because station egress through an un-upgraded parking structure should be avoided at all costs. I guess if the pathway through the parking structure were made into a pleasant hallway like the recent MOA redesign, that would be acceptable. But because the acc...
by tmart
September 13th, 2021, 4:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

I agree that there's something symbolic and frustrating about elevating in the suburbs but not grade-separating in the densest, highest-ridership, slowest-moving parts of the corridor. But as Silophant alluded, the lesson to take away from that frustration is not that two wrongs will make a right. O...
by tmart
September 7th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1172
Views: 199012

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

I'm alright with keeping the bridge across Nokomis since it would already be a hard sell to remove the Cedar Avenue connection to 62 and 77. However, if Minneapolis is serious about getting people out of their cars, then perhaps they should consider closing the bridge to regular traffic and only us...
by tmart
August 14th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT
Replies: 4755
Views: 488824

Re: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT

It's obviously silly that a good chunk of the walkshed is taken up by an enormous car dealership, but at the same time, that's nothing that can't change in the future. I have to believe a time will come where it will be in the dealer's best financial interest to sell the land (no doubt at an enormou...
by tmart
August 11th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 672
Views: 77916

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

Take this with a grain of salt because my source is people tweeting about it, but it sounds like the Minneapolis City Council's Public Works Committee amended their official stance and are now asking for the full (two-way) bus lane configuration. https://twitter.com/ban_SUVs/status/1425540073307656193
by tmart
August 9th, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126225

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Meh. While something like this would modestly improve run time, it's going to significantly worsen the experience for riders who are making connections or using the park-and-ride here. I think the impulse to ensure bus priority through here is the right way to go. By my calculation it would shave s...
by tmart
August 9th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126225

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Even if a full, gold-standard, center-running station was never on the table, something like this would have represented a huge improvement without any really major changes to the existing configuration: https://i.imgur.com/Dqy2B1a.jpg Ah, well. Maybe if we're very lucky the next time they rebuild t...
by tmart
August 9th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126225

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Not a huge update but the Orange Line platforms at South Bloomington Transit Center appear to be substantially complete. The screens that will show real-time bus arrivals are on, but it just shows a blank screen with "No Signal" for now. No ticket vending machines yet. Just looked at the plans for ...
by tmart
July 15th, 2021, 4:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT
Replies: 4755
Views: 488824

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Is there anyway that the train could be built to be operational from west lake station to eden prairie? And maybe extending to the farmers market from target field. With the B Line opening in 2024. There would still be a solid connection to the rest of the city's transit albeit much slower the the ...
by tmart
July 15th, 2021, 2:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT
Replies: 4755
Views: 488824

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Lots of interesting details about issues with the Kenilworth tunnel and the BNSF wall: https://tcbmag.com/southwest-lrts-rocky-mess/ Author suggests several more years of delays are likely, though nothing public has been shared about a new date. I know this is me projecting from my own profession on...
by tmart
July 13th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

What about a mix of at-grade track between stations/main crossroads, and elevated stations and flyovers at other intersections deemed important in maintaining connection across Broadway? This could provide space for left turn lanes and safer, grade-separated crossings at those locations, while reta...
by tmart
July 13th, 2021, 12:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

Lastly, I think routing along 21st east of Knox should be reviewed as it may address some of the concerns about Broadway. It can easily be closed to trains only, but it pushes transit about 400' off the main street. I think a train-only street is probably a non-starter (same as underground) with th...
by tmart
July 13th, 2021, 11:46 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

If tunneled or elevated, there would be a significant benefit for the station at Emerson and Fremont. If the train were built at-grade with split stations, there would be an unavoidable transfer of over a block between one of the directions of the Blue Line and one of the directions of the D Line. ...
by tmart
July 13th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

Only one travel lane and no parking isn't going to go down well to say the least. How they'll fit stations in too is beyond me. The stations we've built so far have been quite large; there are some more compact station designs that we could consider: https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7645026,-122.428...
by tmart
July 12th, 2021, 9:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 494
Replies: 103
Views: 13081

Re: Interstate 494

Reviving this long unused thread for the 494 project. There is a layout on this INFRA Grant application page from SRF Consulting for the 494 Bloomington project: https://www.srfconsulting.com/i-494-infra/ News article yesterday about 494 receiving a $60 million grant: https://www.startribune.com/mn...
by tmart
July 5th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177324

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

I tried to sketch out a "moderate" plan that would still allow good travel times with no underground stations and without going fully elevated (and in particular, without a big viaduct running down the main commercial street): https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1uZYz-N6BbGkmSXIpEw_i9nQ08em4xO1X&...
by tmart
July 2nd, 2021, 9:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 434
Views: 63110

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

How long will the bus only lanes be on Lake Street Here's the "Balanced Bus Priority" concept which they are pushing forward. It will be complicated, they are trying to not just speed up the bus but also add bicycle facilities and slow general traffic. From the latest report (page 116): • Full bus-...
by tmart
June 28th, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: F Line BRT (Central-University)
Replies: 30
Views: 1351

Re: F Line BRT (Central-University)

I understand the geographic and political argument for spreading the wealth around. But that argument is weak! The single best way to justify future transit spending is to plan, build, and operate transit lines that are successful. If you can show that the money is being well spent, you will get mo...
by tmart
June 3rd, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 227
Views: 47416

Re: Fantasy maps

IMO the most interesting possibilities in this corridor would to be focus on the eastern half, via a short extension of the existing Blue Line connecting MOA to one of the future Orange Line stations, or perhaps York or France. .... The trickiest part would be potentially reconfiguring the existing...