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by Tcmetro
May 5th, 2021, 7:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 880
Views: 90370

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

The City of St Paul has previously studied improving the connection between Hwy 5 and Shepard Rd. That would be very helpful to help reduce traffic on W 7th St.
by Tcmetro
May 4th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 159
Views: 21283

Re: Metropolitan Council

I wouldn't be surprised if politicians in Washington County are still bitter about the Lake Elmo decision. The 1994 combination of transit, parks, sewers, and public housing into the Met Council allowed regional investments to be tied with regional planning policy. Even before 1994, the Met Council ...
by Tcmetro
May 2nd, 2021, 6:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

Isn't it simpler to continue to use the 3rd/Central to University/4th St routing? I imagine that it's pretty competitive to any east-west routing through downtown and eliminates the need for another freeway station.
by Tcmetro
May 1st, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1115
Views: 180917

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

An update on the Highway 13 project at Dakota and study for the rest of the corridor was presented at a Savage City Council worksession on April 12th. A diamond interchange will be built at Dakota Ave to improve safety for trucks going to and from the port in 2022. The EA will be complete in June 20...
by Tcmetro
May 1st, 2021, 9:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

A presentation has been posted about the results of the Highway 36 Transit Study. The recommendation for the short-term (0-2 years) is to study and contract an on-demand transit service in the Stillwater-Oak Park Heights-Bayport area and to continue transit, biking, and ped infrastructure in the cor...
by Tcmetro
April 27th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 313
Views: 53822

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

That's very unfortunate. Minnesota is generally pretty good in terms of suburban pedestrian facilities, but overall it's still pretty bad. At least they provided a crosswalk and sidewalk over 494. People would still make the trip even if it didn't exist. The problem is that all the important things ...
by Tcmetro
April 24th, 2021, 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 364
Views: 50181

Re: Northern Lights Express

The 865 bus stopped in Ham Lake and Bethel when it started about a decade ago, I believe as a precursor to rail - similar to the Ramsey (856) and Elk River (888) Northstar buses. It got really low ridership and was discontinued maybe a year or two after it started.
by Tcmetro
April 9th, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1287
Views: 161315

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

I believe MAC contributed to the airport tunnel costs as the light rail is also used as the connector between the two terminals. The Kenilworth tunnel exists because the right-of-way is too constricted to accommodate freight, light rail, and bikes. Met Council tried to reroute the freight, but from ...
by Tcmetro
March 30th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 809
Views: 118236

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Those express routes are all reverse commute lines and the buses would likely be running empty to do a second commute trip anyways. I think the Northstar Extension to St Cloud would be very well used especially with students at SCSU. Even if commuter ridership is permanently gone, there's a good opp...
by Tcmetro
March 24th, 2021, 2:03 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95372

Re: Rochester

I believe the state of Minnesota subsidizes some intercity service. Wisconsin does as well. I think the van and commuter services are already getting the job done. It seems that frequency is valued over capacity, which is why vans are used. I would guess that the companies operating the routes would...
by Tcmetro
March 24th, 2021, 10:03 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95372

Re: Rochester

There's at least two van shuttle companies that operate between MSP airport and Rochester. There's probably 20 trips or so each way daily.

There's also a commuter route between the Bloomington 28th Ave light rail station and Rochester.
by Tcmetro
March 15th, 2021, 11:00 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

I believe it's only running at 90 mph. For some reason 110 mph operations are delayed. I can't remember where I saw that, may have been on the Railroad.net forums.
by Tcmetro
March 13th, 2021, 8:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 898
Views: 105006

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

The new City of Minneapolis website does not appear to have a streetcar page or any of the previous planning documents posted.
by Tcmetro
March 12th, 2021, 10:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 309746

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

I see the issue with hybrids as they are quite dependent on stop-and-go traffic which the Twin Cities has relatively little of. Outside of a few major bus routes it seems most stops are skipped on an average run as well. Most cities have shyed away from hybrids already, but Seattle has an entirely h...
by Tcmetro
March 11th, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1287
Views: 161315

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

New Blue Line routes for consideration. Surprisingly, Penn did not make a comeback. Everything under analysis now is either on Broadway or Lowry. Orange/Lowry route: Lowry to Washington Red route: Broadway to Washington Navy route: Broadway to 94 to 7th Yellow route: Broadway to Lyndale to Plymouth ...
by Tcmetro
March 8th, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1115
Views: 180917

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Shame that they didn't try to make them better. That was one of the key components of the UPA grant.
by Tcmetro
March 8th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1115
Views: 180917

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Aren't freeways generally designed to be safe at speeds significantly in excess of the posted limit? The most dangerous conditions are where traffic bottlenecks and goes from high-speed to low-speed in a short distance. 35W south was given variable speed limits back in 2009, but I am not sure how su...
by Tcmetro
March 5th, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218004

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I'm wondering if maybe the cost of providing office space gets overstated? My math on this may be (probably is) terrible, but let's say the average office set up has 200sf/ employee (that's their actual office space plus their share of common space), and then let's say that the office space costs $...
by Tcmetro
March 5th, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 297
Views: 21297

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

Yes, the B Line plan is to stop on Lake/Lagoon at Hennepin. So far the plan for the E Line is to stop at the transit center which makes those transfers difficult. They could probably easily put a transit lane on the block that is missing it. It really only needs a right turn lane and a straight lane...
by Tcmetro
March 5th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218004

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I am looking forward to going back to the office, mostly because my commute isn't terrible and WFH has taken up some space at home that I'd rather use for other things. It's also just lonely at home in general. A lot of companies were moving towards reduced office space before the pandemic to save c...