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by talindsay
March 1st, 2021, 9:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67562

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

I think it's a realistic expectation that a single LRV, identical to the ones used on the Green and Blue Lines but not in train, would serve as the "streetcar" for this line. Same goes for the Riverview line. Our LRVs are what's called a "tram" in Europe, and the distinction between "light rail" and...
by talindsay
February 25th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 643
Views: 67562

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

I'll be interested to see how well this works on Marshall, it's a tight corridor for everything they're trying to do on it. I do think that's probably part of the issue with floating bus stops there, it would make things even tighter. Another consideration might be snow clearing in the winter, as Sa...
by talindsay
February 22nd, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4660
Views: 458824

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I was less interested in this line when I first dug into Twin Cities transit planning shortly after moving here in 1999, but if memory serves, this went southwest while the reserved ROW along 394/12 was intended to link Lake Minnetonka to the city via light rail - so this line was never envisioned g...
by talindsay
February 11th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 68
Views: 13684

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

You're not wrong, but I think the concept of "opting out" makes it a little hard to integrate them into a "branding umbrella of Metro Transit". Those are suburban groups that specifically don't -- or at least, a few decades back, didn't -- want to be "familiar with the brand". I do think the politic...
by talindsay
February 4th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 860
Views: 87215

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

I dunno, back when CCLRT was being planned I didn't want them to build the infill stations because it would slow down the line, but I was wrong - accessibility and mobility isn't the same as speed, and when the two come in conflict with each other, accessibility and mobility is the more important of...
by talindsay
February 1st, 2021, 10:42 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 600
Views: 164558

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

I drive by here almost every day and have been watching this one go up. What do we know about it? Their website makes all sorts of absurd claims - "just a block from the UST campus", "on a BRT line", "all the fun that Saint Paul has to offer" among others. Looks like it meant to be student housing, ...
by talindsay
February 1st, 2021, 6:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ideas on Funding
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Ideas on Funding

I apologize if you're suggesting dedicated transit taxes *beyond* the dedicated transit taxes we already have, but our existing guaranteed transit funding is very new - 2008 being the creation of the CTIB. We basically already experienced the benefit and drawback of regional transit funding with the...
by talindsay
January 25th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1268
Views: 153078

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Frankly, the old AA documents and the rationale for the old LPA aren't just irrelevant, they're records of why they made the wrong choice at that time. They ruled out as too expensive and slow options that might have been buildable and would have served more people, in the name of a supposedly cheap...
by talindsay
January 21st, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4660
Views: 458824

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The tunnels may seem kind of ridiculous given that we haven't built them where they're more appropriate - downtown Mpls, under the Snelling intersection, etc. But transit reliability is generally better in a tunnel, and this is already funded and rolling forward so I can't imagine any logic in revis...
by talindsay
January 13th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 407
Views: 73482

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

If we're spending half a billion dollars, let's tack a few stops onto the eastern end of the Green Line and offer better quality service to the first-ring spots (and maybe 3M) where the ridership potential is obvious. Or alternatively, let's build 10 aBRT lines--give, say, 3 of 'em to the Eastside ...
by talindsay
January 11th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 4601 Minnehaha Ave S
Replies: 21
Views: 3072

Re: 4601 Minnehaha Ave S

Can anyone shed light on why so few condominiums are being built? Just speculation, but recall that condos were the big boom and bust of the 2000s, and a lot of developers got burned when the bottom fell out of that market in 2007-2008. In 2009-2010 there was a glut of unsold condos on the market. ...
by talindsay
January 11th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - News & General Topics
Replies: 1031
Views: 183384

Re: Southside - General Topics

Oof. Do I know this friend? I had a friend of mine say they heard someone was tearing down the "Sears" in downtown Minneapolis. And I was just like, Daytons? They're definitely not doing that. Refused to believe me. Is your friend a suburbanite? My guess is they're thinking of the Lake Street Kmart...
by talindsay
January 4th, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 131
Views: 30110

Re: Tunnels!

Back in 2003 I asked a Met Council person why they hadn't considered elevating the (Hiawatha) line through downtown to remove grade conflict and the dude laughed dismissively, saying it would interfere with the skyways. That seemed like an unsatisfactory response to me, but Metro Council has clearly...
by talindsay
December 22nd, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32818

Re: Interstate 94

Weren't the interstate highways originally built so we could drive tanks and missile launchers on them if the Soviet Union attacked? Yes, the Eisenhower administration intended to have ring highways (beltways) around the cities, and interstates connecting those beltways; they didn't anticipate pier...
by talindsay
December 21st, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32818

Re: Interstate 94

Yeah, I think the freeways inside the 494/694 loop should never have been built, but since they were, it's not even vaguely feasible in the current reality to remove them. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I'm saying it's not going to happen until a lot of other cultural, political, and economic facto...
by talindsay
December 16th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32818

Re: Interstate 94

You'd have a tough time getting approval for multistory residential over a freeway. Commercial development is much more likely.
by talindsay
December 16th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 284
Views: 19039

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

Most people do but during normal 5 pm rush hour every single time I have taken it one person will always try to turn left even thought its clearly posted its not allowed. It makes the traffic seem much worse then it really is. This is where Minnesota Nice is a pain in the butt. In most urban settin...
by talindsay
December 16th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32818

Re: Interstate 94

We could physically do it but how do we sell this to normies. Normies? Did this site become some strange fanfic world or something? Most of the people on here tilt urbanist, which also means they tilt liberal, but they're normal people with jobs and families, etc. For years I've been interested in ...
by talindsay
December 15th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 37
Views: 11695

Re: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment

I assumed the closure was for construction. Any evidence that it's not reopening after the rebuild?
by talindsay
December 11th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1268
Views: 153078

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

One approach that was successfully deployed by some cities during the Bush era, and that I think was originally the plan in St Louis but ran aground for other reasons, is to build the non-"effective" parts entirely with local funds *first*, and then apply for a New Starts grant for the whole line *i...