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by Tom H.
October 21st, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Square
Replies: 299
Views: 57619

Re: Calhoun Square

Doyle Lonnegan might have a thing or two to say about this faux-branding :)
by Tom H.
October 20th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth - General Topics
Replies: 41
Views: 16248

Re: Duluth - General Topics

Very similar to the old county courthouse in my hometown of Sioux Falls as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Minne ... Courthouse
by Tom H.
August 3rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1159
Views: 144605

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Does anyone know if the BNSF property in question is the entirety of the proposed BNSF co-location, or only a portion of it? It seems to be like all alternatives considered originally require some amount of BNSF co-location, especially in the vicinity of downtown Robbinsdale. I guess my dream outcom...
by Tom H.
July 7th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Yep, I think SW Station is envisioned by the planners to be a "funnel" terminus for the SW suburbs along highways 5 & 212. I'm guessing, for gamedays, it will draw riders from Mankato and beyond who would rather park for free in EP than deal with traffic and parking in downtown Mpls. Of course, one ...
by Tom H.
June 18th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Has there been any news on the FFGA? Seems like the timeline keeps slipping, but they stay optimistic that it will be signed soon. With construction in full swing, I'm sure that the $900mm will be needed sooner or later.
by Tom H.
June 18th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 192
Views: 30775

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Interesting about the EP Penney's store. I think they had already started their going-out-of-business sales - must be awkward to walk those back.
by Tom H.
July 19th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories - 393'/418'
Replies: 119
Views: 25487

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)

The second rendering makes it look like a big sibling and a little sibling, gazing at the skyline, with an arm around the little one. If this gets built, that's how I'll always view it. Minnie with an arm around Paul 😁
by Tom H.
June 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

In case anyone was confused (like me), I sent an email to someone on the SWLRT team inquiring about the status of the EP Town Center station. I had heard through media reports that the City of Eden Prairie had contributed funds to include the station during construction and be ready when the line op...
by Tom H.
June 20th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1159
Views: 144605

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Not that I necessarily disbelieve the rumors being mentioned on the thread, but has there been any objective reporting on the supposed mothballing of this project? Or is it just on the level of hearsay at the moment?
by Tom H.
May 25th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 717
Views: 61222

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Startribune is reporting that the borrowing bill got punted to next session, likely due to Kurt Daudt's objections.

Link
by Tom H.
May 24th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Weekly Construction Update

Looks like most of the initial heavy construction is focused on the Eden Prairie end of the line, including demolition of the old Culver's at SW Station, and starting work on the bridge over 494.
by Tom H.
May 19th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

There is a crane on-site at Southwest Station, which is being used to drive sheet piles up against the US-212 exit ramp. I'm assuming that will be a retaining wall allowing the LRT tracks to leave the station and snake around the Elevate apartment building and then on to the Prairie Center Drive ove...
by Tom H.
April 26th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

4/26/19 Construction Update Interesting that rail will be delivered already starting May 13-14. Seems a little early to need the physical rails, without any grading or earthworking having been completed, but given the sheer length of the line, maybe they need to start deliveries ASAP to keep up whe...
by Tom H.
March 29th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I know the groundbreaking already happened and construction has "begun", but is there anywhere along the route where actual activities are happening? I haven't seen anything at all, other than some utility markings, from the EP terminus to about Louisiana station. I imagine with the weather warming ...
by Tom H.
January 5th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 120
Views: 17450

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Assuming it stays a 34-33 GOP majority, I think you'd actually just need 1 Republican defection because of the odd number of seats. Basically the situation in the US Senate while McCain was absent. The dynamics you pointed out are still definitely going to be interesting to see. Are there any modera...
by Tom H.
December 12th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 227
Views: 29793

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_mining

If we get lucky and a rare-metal-rich asteroid passes near earth, then we're set for life!
by Tom H.
August 16th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449128

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The Culver's location at Southwest Station is relocating to an outlot in the nearby Lund's & Byerly's parking lot. The current Culver's location is planned to be demolished for the SWLRT project, so this seems like an indication that ROW acquisition is moving forward, at least.
by Tom H.
May 2nd, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eden Prairie - General Topics
Replies: 35
Views: 7121

Re: Eden Prairie - General Topics

Metropolitan Council Invests in Job Growth, Development, and Housing Near Transit https://metrocouncil.org/News-Events/Communities/Newsletters/Metropolitan-Council-invests-in-job-growth,-develo.aspx Elevate, Eden Prairie - $750,000 to assist with site acquisition and preparation, and stormwater man...
by Tom H.
April 27th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]
Replies: 92
Views: 14464

Re: Midtown Greenway

Sort of related: Does anybody know if the SWLRT project includes a delivery track for new LRT cars into the system? To replace the one that would be lost if this rail link went away? The 100% engineering plans show that the SWLRT O&M facility is directly adjacent to the CP Bass Lake spur, but I don...
by Tom H.
January 11th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 576
Views: 119010

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Not to mention that the street re-orientation that occurred when TCF Bank Stadium was built created an awkward bit of unused land on the northeast corner of the strip mall block. It looks like that bit of ROW is still city-owned, but I'm sure a redevelopment proposal could turn that land into a more...