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by bubzki2
March 3rd, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2456
Views: 301200

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

DCFC (DC fast charging) charging infrastructure is a solvable issue and frankly totally separate from bus rolling stock issues. I will be looking into this more as I'm able.
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2456
Views: 301200

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

Some are saying Met Council tried the locally-made (but less known) New Flyer buses and didn't have good luck with early production models. Might be shell shock from this? There are great, reliable brands other than New Flyer, such as Protera. My only other thought is maybe the corn lobby is heavily...
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2456
Views: 301200

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

Met Council considering abandoning electrifying its bus fleet after promising it would do so back in 2018: https://www.startribune.com/biodiesel-n ... 600029359/
by bubzki2
February 10th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Civic on First - Rochester
Replies: 9
Views: 4448

Re: Civic on First - Rochester

The building is a good use of the land, but it's sort of on an island due to Civic Center and the RR tracks. I hope it leads to even more development particularly along Civic Center and maybe some ped improvements (there isn't a continuous sidewalk along this road for some reason).
by bubzki2
February 8th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4660
Views: 458824

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

We can rightly criticize the alignment for the SWLRT. That said, from that video one can see that there are quite a few improvements to the Cedar Lake trail with grade separated crossings along the corridor. Beltline and Wooddale were both badly needed.
by bubzki2
February 5th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 14
Views: 4822

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

Planning commission again voted 8-7 to deny the site plan based (solely) on the 2040 comprehensive plan. Alatus has already announced its intention to appeal. Notable: Warner, city attorney for St. Paul, made it clear he felt there was no sound legal basis for the denial of the site plan. Will go to...
by bubzki2
January 26th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 546
Views: 91884

Re: Rochester

Great news -- I suppose the follow-up question is could they be repurposed in their current state for passenger rail? Perhaps a few cut and covers with existing ROW?
by bubzki2
January 25th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 546
Views: 91884

Re: Rochester

I still find the VFW project so odd in that the RR tracks just go right by it with no fencing or visual separation at all. I still hope they somehow someday can find a way to better integrate the downtown tracks snafu.
by bubzki2
January 18th, 2021, 2:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 2656

Re: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021

Does a Lyndale Ave S road diet count?
by bubzki2
January 18th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 546
Views: 91884

Re: Rochester

Hue apartments downtown are basically done and the VFW site project is also just about to wrap up.
by bubzki2
January 13th, 2021, 2:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 108
Views: 19653

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Any chance Fed is trying to avoid prescriptive easement(s) across the lot? I don't get over here enough to know if this is likely (or legally possible).
by bubzki2
January 8th, 2021, 4:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 200 Central (2019) - 293' / 27 Stories
Replies: 48
Views: 16126

Re: 200 Central (2019) - 293' / 27 Stories

Market forces should naturally allow for allocation of parking and prices according to needs and demands. Yes, the ramp next door might come down someday, but there's always somewhere else to park. Might be a bit farther away and more expensive, but that is exactly how we ween off our SOV addiction ...
by bubzki2
December 29th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 14
Views: 4822

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

Break ground before the NIMBYs get wind! Bummer about the loss of the bike passage but this sure beats the snowpile.
by bubzki2
December 28th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Stillwater Development News
Replies: 40
Views: 6576

Re: Stillwater Development News

The proposed development would remove the god-awful parking lot/ramp thing on Chestnut, which would be a massive improvement to the area's aesthetics. I enjoyed the neighbor's very NIMBY complaints about you guessed it -- parking.
by bubzki2
December 18th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks
Replies: 256
Views: 36373

Re: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks

So much yes! It's a real trek to get down to the lower part and water feature right now, and it seems to get almost no use.
by bubzki2
December 18th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Gradient Apartments - 1509 Marshall Avenue
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

Re: Union Flats- 1509 Marshall Ave

Marshall from Snelling to Hamline is such a sad sight. I hope this helps because it probably can't make it any worse.
by bubzki2
December 14th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32818

Re: Interstate 94

I guess just getting dedicated ROW for transit in the corridor is a place to start. That can be converted to tracks later if apportioned. Biggest thing is to avoid more SOV lanes and pavement. In fact, some carefully tailored reductions could actually improve flow and reduce congestion.
by bubzki2
December 14th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 600
Views: 164558

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The Liffey has broken ground -- I never heard any update(s) but it had previously run into some zoning/setback issues. Very happy this is moving along again! Located at Snelling & Carroll.

https://www.gaughancompanies.com/constr ... y-snelling
by bubzki2
December 8th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 307 Oak Grove Apartment Proposal
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: 307 Oak Grove Apartment Proposal

I loved living in the Loring Park area. Felt like you liked in a city. Each of these surface lots that gets swallowed up with keep that momentum moving. I just hope they were able to get/keep some of the Nicollet tenants after that redevelopment nearby. Always felt like the area needed a couple more...
by bubzki2
December 8th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 546
Views: 91884

Re: Rochester

Seems the idea of a "company town" is nearly dead, making this Mayo-driven city rather special in the 21st century. I foresee this town continuing its small-town mentality with big city reality and insane car-dependency for decades at the very least. Nice city if you set your expectations appropriat...