You're welcome.http://www.startribune.com/gold-line-bu ... 499353131/
Downtown routing chosen by advisory committee, but will still be studying ending at Union Depot. Glad this is going in the right direction.
I am in agreement with the sentence following the one I highlighted. But you are mistaken about the section I highlighted.Still boggles my mind that they're still considering it just so they can say people are actually using the depot throughout day. With a stop near the depot entrance it seems to be a win-win for a downtown routing. I'm sure a handful of Gold Line riders will go inside the depot for whatever reason (just visiting, taking Amtrak or an intercity bus, connecting with a local bus, an event, etc.).
Not quite sure how to tamp down the conspiracy some people on this site run with that officials are trying to "artificially inflate" Union Depot usage (false) as opposed to having a vision for the Depot to make quick and efficient transfers (true). Today's streets.mn article even points to the fact that Union Depot will be an important transportation hub.
What it means is that when more services do eventually enter the back of the Depot, there will be a block walk between some of the modes instead of all of them in the back of the Depot. I place practical ridership numbers and obtaining federal funding for the Gold Line over the "vision", but I do also understand the vision and it gets frustrating to keep seeing it misrepresented.