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by mulad
February 22nd, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Coon Rapids
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: Coon Rapids

Taking the Northstar this morning, I see that there's finally an apartment building going up next to the Coon Rapids station.
by mulad
February 16th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Jefferson Lines
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: Jefferson Lines

From this 2014 MnDOT Intercity Bus Study , I see that your route is partially subsidized through the FTA's Rural Area Formula Program, S. 5311(f). Figure 2-3 on page 2-10 maps out some data for the stops that are under the subsidy program, but not the ones that are on the non-subsidized portion of t...
by mulad
February 15th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

It would probably be best to transition to DMUs over the long term, though I wouldn't necessarily recommend jumping into that quite yet. Okay, revisiting the numbers a bit, you could probably manage something close to the existing schedule by splitting the current Northstar fleet up into five active...
by mulad
February 15th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Metra has a few lines that end in cities of 5,000-10,000 people, so I think having a line that stops in Becker on the way to a bigger city/mini-metro is perfectly fine. It's harder to make a case for Clear Lake, though that town gets a lot more car traffic than you'd expect since it is near the only...
by mulad
February 15th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Here's a link to Wolgamott's HF1179 bill: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1179&version=latest&session=ls91&session_year=2019&session_number=0 The as-introduced version appropriates $850,000 from the general fund for "assessment, analysis, and review" (whee... more study), and a co...
by mulad
February 14th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Here's something more practical in the near term: Rep. Dan Wolgamott has introduced HF 1179 to fund extending Northstar to St. Cloud. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, though he announced on Twitter that there will be a public Transportation Committee hearing in St. Cloud at noon next Friday...
by mulad
February 11th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 343
Views: 40599

Re: Northern Lights Express

Not much detail, but a government affairs representative from Amtrak visited Duluth over the weekend talking about NLX. https://www.fox21online.com/2019/02/10/talks-continue-for-duluth-minneapolis-rail-line/ I guess we typically don't hear much from Amtrak about this line, though I'd heard many year...
by mulad
February 11th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

It did occur to me as I was falling asleep on Saturday night that there could be some malicious intent behind that proposal. It's possible that it was some anti-immigrant/anti-semitic/anti-who-knows-what dogwhistle that just blew right past me -- I'm often not very attuned to such things. Hopefully ...
by mulad
February 9th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83308

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I agree that extending it to Camp Ripley alone doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I don't think it hurts to look at extending Northstar to points beyond St. Cloud, though it would make more sense for that to be operated as a "regional" service rather than commuter (thanks to Joey for mentioning that...
by mulad
January 19th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 439
Views: 51643

Re: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester

Yeah, new/restored passenger services should take as many lessons as possible from Brightline as they can. Their trains are compliant with the old FRA crash(un)worthiness standards, so they could theoretically be plopped down anywhere in the US without the freights complaining too much. We'll have t...
by mulad
January 17th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 343
Views: 40599

Re: Northern Lights Express

Since I bumped the Rochester HSR thread, I should touch this one too. I believe NLX is very close to being "shovel-ready" and could use support this year from people who are contacting their legislators. It would be nice to get the project moving since it's been examined for so long.
by mulad
January 17th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 439
Views: 51643

Re: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester

With the shift to a DFL majority in the state house and Walz in office as governor, I'm hoping something can be restarted for service to Rochester. I included it in a laundry list of projects and funding priorities in a couple emails to my state rep and senator, though I still need to write somethin...
by mulad
September 25th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 493
Views: 94639

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Has anyone heard if something is happening at 1177 West 7th Street? It's been a vacant lot for several years (Street View showed a house in 2007, but it was gone by the next pass in 2011). I saw a skid loader just about done tearing up the grass yesterday. This is between Tavial Grill and the strip ...
by mulad
September 13th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 156
Views: 30003

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

Looks like the area I mentioned on the southeast corner of American Blvd and 28th Ave (8001 28th Ave S) is a Ceres / Orlean project to build a Cambria hotel with 170 rooms. It may have been mentioned in the F&C article above, but I don't have a subscription to check. The Hennepin County Property Map...
by mulad
August 30th, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 371
Views: 60731

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

The restaurant, Union Depot Bar & Grill, has been open since late June. It's operated by Kaskaid Hospitality, best known for Crave and Union in downtown Minneapolis (the City Pages article also says Cowboy Jack's, but I think they must have confused that with Burger Burger, which is next door to the...
by mulad
August 29th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 956
Views: 123538

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

The Hallmark store is now closed (a notice had been posted in their window for a while). Are they having a general contraction? There are other general stationery stores at the mall, but I don't think any of them have very significant selections of cards. I'll have to poke at them again...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 201
Views: 26611

Re: Google Maps

The old on/off toggle for 3D vs. top-down 2D aerial views (accessed via the top-left menu, not to be confused with the "3D" option in the lower-right navigation thingy) has been changed so it is now called "Globe". It's good that there aren't two different "3D" toggles anymore, but I find the "Globe...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Barcelona
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Re: Barcelona

Here's a Streetfilms video on the "superblock" system they've started implementing in a couple parts of the city, repurposing most of the street space in certain neighborhoods to be for pedestrian or bicycle use, but leaving narrow lanes or shared-space treatments for car access: https://vimeo.com/2...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)
Replies: 42
Views: 11844

Re: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)

This building is getting close to being ready. The apartment management is offering leases starting October 1st. The color scheme on the exterior is a bit different than the other buildings in the complex, mostly gray so far rather than the earthier tones of the previous ones. https://farm2.staticfl...
by mulad
August 2nd, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan
Replies: 118
Views: 14275

Re: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan

Yes, but sometimes we need people around to handle the unusual transactions. I think my card is beginning to fail, for instance, and I'll eventually need to go to a store to get my balance and account transferred to a new one. I don't think people should need to go downtown for things like that.

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