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by mulad
October 8th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 358
Views: 42398

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Wisconsin Public Radio is starting a podcast called "Derailed" about the attempts to get high(er)-speed rail going in the state up until the election of Scott Walker in 2010. Here's an article on it from The Capital Times in Madison: https://madison.com/ct/news/local/derailed-tells-the-story-of-the-...
by mulad
October 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 459
Views: 56201

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

I wouldn't be surprised if there'd been some Koch brothers influence with this, especially considering there's a Koch (Flint Hills) refinery right on Hwy 52. I was briefly on a Community Advisory Committee for Zip Rail, but it got heavily loaded with people from the Cannon Falls area rather than peo...
by mulad
October 7th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 129
Views: 17505

Re: Mall of America Transit Station

Now delayed until the following Monday, October 14th.
by mulad
September 12th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 50
Views: 5497

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

On Monday (9/16), MVTA is adding a downtown Savage stop to route 495, which runs from the Mall of America down MN-77 and MN-13 to Burnsville and on to Shakopee. Seems strange that they're only adding it on 6 trips each direction, though. They're also adding route 498, which runs from the Marschall R...
by mulad
August 26th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 129
Views: 17505

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Yeah, a second platform and two additional tracks are penciled in on the diagram here (in the transit-center-specific thread that slipped my mind when I posted...): viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1264&start=60#p135976
by mulad
August 5th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 129
Views: 17505

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

After going to a movie last night, I noticed that the columns in the bus area in the mall's transit center had been repainted. There's still quite a lot of work needed for the new transit center lobby area, so I was surprised to see the new bus platforms were in use this morning when I came in to wo...
by mulad
July 17th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 967
Views: 132614

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

There will be a new M Health Fairview Clinic location at the mall, next to the (pharmacy-less) Walgreens: http://www.startribune.com/mall-of-america-will-get-a-walk-in-clinic/512785382/ A photo from when I saw it on Monday: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48302025492_dda46c4028_z.jpg IMG_-zajl0t...
by mulad
July 12th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Fargo/Moorhead
Replies: 27
Views: 5224

Re: Fargo/Moorhead

Yeah, Microsoft bought Great Plains Software back in 2000-2001.
by mulad
July 4th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)
Replies: 249
Views: 36375

Re: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)

These days, I prefer to use the Census Bureau's "urban area" populations when comparing different large regions, since that's based on more fine-grained data that's more consistently filtered, while MSAs use county boundaries that include a lot more exurban sprawl and cause more variation due to the...
by mulad
June 26th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1731
Views: 282611

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

They're also bad for bicycles, since reaching certain destinations can technically require you to go around an extra block or two (though of course most people will just end up riding against the flow or going on the sidewalk, etc.). They cut down on the number of alternate routes people have to get...
by mulad
June 26th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 189
Views: 36864

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

The project between 34th and 33rd Ave where the Blue Line turns is now called The Fenley (looks like it was previously Indigo Phase II). I finally saw a banner showing the name, so I got off and took some photos on the way to work, though it's a bit hard to convey how it's laid out since it's so big...
by mulad
June 22nd, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lowa46 - 46th & Hiawatha Cub Foods Mixed Use
Replies: 102
Views: 17363

Re: Lowa46 - 46th & Hiawatha Cub Foods Mixed Use

I saw a worker pulling cling film off of the windows up on the 4th floor above the 46th & Snelling Cub entrance this morning, so they're getting close to done with the apartments.
by mulad
June 22nd, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: MN46 (Minnehaha & 46th)
Replies: 2
Views: 822

MN46 (Minnehaha & 46th)

Hot on the heels of the Lowa46 project a half-block away, a building was recently demolished on the northeast corner of Minnehaha and 46th. Ackerberg is building a 54-unit building with relatively small apartments ranging from 390 square feet for small studios up to 905 sf for larger 2-bedroom units...
by mulad
June 8th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 202
Views: 21313

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The C Line opened this morning. Apparently the chargers weren't working at Brooklyn Center Transit Center, so the rumor through the local NUMTOT Facebook group is that the buses were going to be pulled off the route around 6 pm. Metro Transit has added some wrap decals to a few regular 60' buses to ...
by mulad
May 10th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tim Hortons
Replies: 30
Views: 3155

Re: Tim Hortons

Well, the MOA Tim Hortons was open on Friday, but had closed sometime between then and Tuesday morning when I was at the mall again. The windows had been covered with vinyl wrap by that time. I imagine all 14 are closed by this point.
by mulad
May 7th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 546
Views: 111197

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Happened across 1554 Grand Ave yesterday, where a house was recently torn down to make way for a 4-story building with furnished apartments (it's less than a block from Macalester College). Apparently they'll be 4-bedroom/2-bath units. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33916475908_fa814ba36c_z.jpg...
by mulad
May 7th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 546
Views: 111197

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

This is an interesting 5-story Flatiron-esque building at 631 Transfer Rd, near University Ave, but from the F&C article I found, it looks like it's just a self-storage place (I don't have a subscription at the moment to fully verify, though). It's wedge-shaped due to an alley that comes up at an an...
by mulad
May 4th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tim Hortons
Replies: 30
Views: 3155

Re: Tim Hortons

Apparently 7 of the 14 locations operated by Tim-Minn closed on Thursday, with another 2 expected to close soon. Still hard to say how the rest will go...

http://www.startribune.com/tim-hortons- ... 509447202/
by mulad
May 3rd, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tim Hortons
Replies: 30
Views: 3155

Re: Tim Hortons

The franchisee responsible for the recent expansion of Tim Horton's in Minnesota has apparently ceased operation, closing all of the Twin Cities locations.

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-li ... are-closed
by mulad
May 2nd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92824

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

$4 million in upgrades planned at the Northstar commuter rail maintenance facility in Big Lake as Metro Transit prepares for mid-life overhauls of locomotives and passenger cars.

https://finance-commerce.com/2019/05/no ... m-upgrade/

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