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by StandishGuy
April 25th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4679
Views: 467523

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The nearly $100 million crash wall got me thinking that a shallow tunnel might cost a similar amount and be less obtrusive in that section. OBviously, that's not going to happen and it's far too late to consider such an option. It's just incredible how expensive this project is due to the geography ...
by StandishGuy
April 17th, 2021, 5:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 441
Views: 64062

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Just went through all 23 pages of this thread wanting to understand the situation of passenger rail through this corridor, and found this article from 2018 describing how a couple MN State Legislators were able to cancel study of High Speed Rail between St. Paul and Chicago: https://www.startribune....
by StandishGuy
April 10th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dismantling Downtown Freeways
Replies: 194
Views: 28412

Re: Dismantling Downtown Freeways

I watched the Rethinking I-94 Policy Advisory Committee yesterday and was surprised by the discussion. The Committee is made up of State Legislators, Mayors, and City Council Members from Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as County Commissioners, Met Council Chair Charlie Zelle and MNDOT officials. ...
by StandishGuy
April 2nd, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dismantling Downtown Freeways
Replies: 194
Views: 28412

Re: Dismantling Downtown Freeways

It seems that the Rethinking I94 effort only envisions freeway caps in a limited area of St. Paul. IMO Minneapolis officials should advocate for caps in Prospect Park, between Cedar Riverside and Seward, between Ventura Village/ Phillips and Elliot Park, and between Loring Park and Stevens Square/ L...
by StandishGuy
March 30th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 309740

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

The recent Star Tribune article about the "infrastructure bill" reported that MoveMN is advocating for buildout of multiple ABRT lines within a decade. Imagine a 30% ridership increase for the 10 most popular bus routes and what an improvement that would make to the network.. and the metro mode shar...
by StandishGuy
March 28th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1276
Views: 208630

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Oof! It's so depressing. According to the article, Banana Republic in IDS closed earlier this year and the Juut Salon in Gavidae will close soon. I do think the Star Tribune has produced an disproportionate number of articles about downtown Minneapolis. What's the future of the 494 office strip, whi...
by StandishGuy
March 27th, 2021, 11:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 809
Views: 118236

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Looks like there's an effort at the Legislature to "mothball" Northstar Commuter Rail... https://www.startribune.com/talks-surface-again-about-shuttering-minnesota-s-northstar-rail-line/600039131/ I have mixed feelings because I strongly support passenger rail, but the ridership was poor (pre-pandem...
by StandishGuy
March 26th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 151
Views: 32061

Re: Tunnels!

In my comments above, I meant Dallas rather than Houston. Here's an article about their $1.7 billion subway tunnel for DART LRT: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2021/03/24/dart-cleared-to-seek-federal-dollars-for-17-billion-downtown-dallas-subway/ By the way I Googled a few stats to c...
by StandishGuy
March 26th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 151
Views: 32061

Re: Tunnels!

No I clearly remember that an elevated line was seriously considered through downtown for the Hiawatha Blue Line. True that skyways were a concern, but many people including the downtown business community had experience with the "L" loop in downtown Chicago that is noisy and creates an unattractiv...
by StandishGuy
March 25th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 151
Views: 32061

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Other U.S. cities like Houston, Austin and Portland are in the midst of planning for construction of subway tunnels for their LRT lines through their downtowns to improve speed and capacity. Has the Met Council, Hennepin County or Minneapolis ever seriously studied the idea of constructing a tunnel ...
by StandishGuy
March 20th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95372

Re: Rochester

It's been a few years since I've been to Rochester, so I'm curious to know whether all the new structures make it feel more urban. It's always seemed like an odd place with some density, but lacking personality. Is it the absence of a major University that makes Rochester seem a bit bland compared t...
by StandishGuy
March 20th, 2021, 1:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4679
Views: 467523

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Thought it might be interesting to look at population growth for the cities along the corridor over the last decade based on Met Council 2020 estimates. It appears all the cities along the route are growing, and I imagine at least some of the growth can be attributed to denser, TOD-style projects al...
by StandishGuy
March 14th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 441
Views: 64062

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Does anyone here have experience with the St. Louis to Chicago higher speed rail route? I believe it was funded during the Obama years and was supposed to be 110 mph similar to what was supposed to run through Wisconsin to St. Paul. Agreed. Air travel has become pretty miserable (pre-pandemic) the w...
by StandishGuy
March 14th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 644
Views: 69273

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

So, I just read through all 33 pages of this thread that started way back in 2012. It appears that the Midtown Greenway rail concept hasn't been added to the MSP region's queue of projects, right? It is mentioned the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan as a big transit priority for the City, howe...
by StandishGuy
March 13th, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 441
Views: 64062

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Mike or Others, Do you know how much time savings for the trip between St. Paul and Chicago will result from these track upgrades? Obviously, anything that can be done to speed up travel times makes the train that much more competitive with air travel. Currently, flying to Chicago is just so much fa...
by StandishGuy
March 11th, 2021, 7:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1287
Views: 161315

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Oof! Hennepin County has already spent more than $200 million planning this route. :(

I hope they go with the routes up Washington Ave better serving the already dense and growing neighborhood. The I94 and Lyndale alignments have such low population densities south of Broadway.
by StandishGuy
March 7th, 2021, 11:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 386
Views: 55349

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

It will be great that many of major Minneapolis corridors will be served by ABRT by 2030 including Penn Ave N., Chicago Ave S., Lake St., Hennepin Ave, University/ 4th, and Central. However, it is so frustrating that so many other corridors that travel through dense, walkable places and have big pop...
by StandishGuy
February 20th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 386
Views: 55349

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

It's also maddening that hundreds of millions will be spent on suburban BRT routes along low-density, car-oriented development. It's now going to cost more than a half billion dollars to construct the Gold Line because the FTA is requiring more parking spaces, for exaple. The E, F, G & H ABRT routes...
by StandishGuy
February 13th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4679
Views: 467523

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Well, I can't imagine ever using the Green Line extension due to the lack of destinations along the route except for a possible ride to the 21st Street Station at Cedar Lake and W. Lake Station near the Chain of Lakes to access beaches/ park amenities. I live off the Blue line near E. 38th St. and u...
by StandishGuy
February 13th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1287
Views: 161315

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 ...