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by Trademark
March 3rd, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 272
Views: 18404

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

I really dislike Minneapolis' recent love affair with two-way bike paths. It can sometimes be justified, but we just reconstructed Hennepin south of Lake with separate bike lanes, so we're forcing a weird two-way maneuver for southbound bikers at one of the busiest intersections in the city! It wou...
by Trademark
March 3rd, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Calendar
Replies: 0
Views: 37

Calendar

Is there anyway that we could have a single place whether it is this forum post or something else integrated into the website with all of the dates and times of various meetings about various projects. That way it would be easier to show support for urbanist projects. Right now usually I find out a ...
by Trademark
March 3rd, 2021, 11:38 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists
Replies: 328
Views: 39825

Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

I'm a instacart driver and love it even though I know that I'm driving so many miles and adding to the congestion in the area and that instacart should be a union. I've worked a lot of terrible jobs and the ability to work when I want to is so freeing plus since my car is a beater I usually make abo...
by Trademark
March 3rd, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2455
Views: 300911

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

I think that using electric buses on some routes (especially shorter ones or aBRT) is a good idea but we should wait until the product advances before transitioning the majority of the fleet to electric. Buses are not cheap and if the technology is not there then we will just have to buy new ones so...
by Trademark
March 3rd, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 272
Views: 18404

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

I was skeptical of how they would fit in bike lanes while still keeping the corridor able to do it all needs to do with the right of way constraints but I have to say I'm impressed with how Option 1 manages to do that. If people have a problem with the biking in the cycle track (I know some do) I th...
by Trademark
March 2nd, 2021, 1:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

Here's the final report on the Midtown Corridor study from 2014: https://www.metrotransit.org/Data/Sites/1/media/midtown-corridor/midtown-corridor-final-report-low-res.pdf For light rail/streetcar on the Greenway, they assume it would be single car LRV or modern streetcar that's approximately 94 fe...
by Trademark
March 1st, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

I wonder if the Midtown Greenway Coalition and/or other neighborhood groups would demand trains run on batteries instead of overhead wires. Since they really want to preserve the character of the corridor wouldn't overhead wires impact that? Especially as the Greenway is extended into st Paul I hop...
by Trademark
March 1st, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

I think the length of single track sections also matter. Like for example if single track was just required for a quarter mile that doesn't require much coordination to work around and if it saves significant money then that would be worth it. I think as long as this can still support 8-10 trains pe...
by Trademark
February 28th, 2021, 10:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

Where is the line drawn between fantasy and reality? I don't agree with Trademark's idea but it's within the realm of possibility. However, considering the "experts" ignored designing the Green Line Extension in a way to easily allow interlining with Midtown LRT at West Lake, then it leads me to be...
by Trademark
February 28th, 2021, 10:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

Where is the line drawn between fantasy and reality? I don't agree with Trademark's idea but it's within the realm of possibility. However, considering the "experts" ignored designing the Green Line Extension in a way to easily allow interlining with Midtown LRT at West Lake, then it leads me to be...
by Trademark
February 28th, 2021, 12:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

I might've said this already on here, but in my (potentially unpopular) opinion the Greenway should be BRT. There is no way to interline a Greenway LRT with the Green Line Extension at West Lake due to the tunnel, and on the east end the only alignment being considered (that I know of) are trains g...
by Trademark
February 28th, 2021, 12:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

Sorry to sidetrack here but in a nutshell was there a reason to keep this on Marshall as opposed to turning at Cretin and running through St. Paul on Grand? Is there a different plan for Grand? Or just trying to keep the route as simple as possible? In a perfect world I agree with you on summit. Bu...
by Trademark
February 27th, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67415

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

Sorry to sidetrack here but in a nutshell was there a reason to keep this on Marshall as opposed to turning at Cretin and running through St. Paul on Grand? Is there a different plan for Grand? Or just trying to keep the route as simple as possible? That's where I think Greenway rail should extend ...
by Trademark
February 21st, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 895
Views: 101417

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

You actually the more I think about it the more I like the idea of a streetcar. With Central and Nicollet not being one connected bus line having a streetcar that gets the bulk of the urban neighborhoods just outside of downtown would be convenient. Sure I’m late to the band wagon, likely right bef...
by Trademark
February 18th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 850
Views: 108482

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

Because the Mall of America is a big destination from Richfield. And they are trying to keep the 515 high frequency. If people are going to the VA they can catch the blue line from moa. But that area of Minneapolis just isn't a huge draw. I'm curious what the ridership numbers are for route 515. Lo...
by Trademark
February 16th, 2021, 2:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 850
Views: 108482

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

The reasoning stated in the presentation behind abandoning the 515 branch to the VA and the branch down Longfellow Ave is to serve Bloomington Ave south of 66th. What I don't understand is why not extend route 14 instead since it is already on Bloomington Ave and ends at 66th? Then they wouldn't ab...
by Trademark
February 13th, 2021, 1:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1263
Views: 152843

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I very much lean towards constructing a tunnel under W. Broadway because it will speed up service and leave room to redesign the corridor. The street needs to become far less car dominated with traffic calming, wider sidewalks, and tree-line boulevards/ streetscape in order to improve access to the...
by Trademark
February 12th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1263
Views: 152843

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Still haven't seen a layout for putting dedicated guideway LRT on an 80' street that wouldn't be deeply awful for pedestrians, transit, or both. Are we just going to reprise the discussion from a couple months ago about Houston? Is this ideal? No. Is it workable? Yes. "Deeply awful" overstates the ...
by Trademark
February 11th, 2021, 8:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1263
Views: 152843

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

That is great to hear! When is the next one? I wish they had a calendar on streets.mn with all urbanist relevant political meetings that could be attended. If we could get the streets.mn and urban.msp followers mobilized more effectively there is a lot of difference that could be made.
by Trademark
February 11th, 2021, 8:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4660
Views: 458663

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I've been driving thru areas of construction on this route a lot and I really think overall this is going to be a jewel of a project. Correct me if I'm wrong but I can't think of a singlw point in the route where the train has to stop for anyone. It uses right of ways very well to keep speed high an...