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by mulad
May 10th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tim Hortons
Replies: 29
Views: 2737

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: 512
Views: 100745

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: 512
Views: 100745

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: 29
Views: 2737

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: 29
Views: 2737

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: 720
Views: 85650

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/
by mulad
May 2nd, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lowa46 - 46th & Hiawatha Cub Foods Mixed Use
Replies: 98
Views: 14921

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

Thanks for linking to that. I moved into the neighborhood in late March, so this will probably become my normal grocery, with the Lunds across the river in Highland Park as my secondary option. I hadn't thought about how they'd do checkout for the corner entrance at 46th & Snelling until someone ask...
by mulad
April 18th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 197
Views: 18712

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Does anyone know the specific configuration of the buses Metro Transit got for this line? Here's a 2017 .pdf from New Flyer that lists a fast-charging version of the 60' bus with a 250 kWh battery pack, and long-range versions of the bus with 689 kWh and 885 kWh packs (6th page). The file (on the 5t...
by mulad
April 14th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 51665

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

I know I saw regular buses in use for extra A Line state fair service one year (the first year, I think), though I don't know if that ever happened again.
by mulad
April 13th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 197
Views: 18712

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Hmm, this thread hasn't been updated in a while. The C Line will open on June 8th. Some of the buses have been running on the A Line for operators to get used to them, though I think it's only been the diesel ones so far. Since the A Line isn't set up for electrics, I think they could only make a fe...
by mulad
March 8th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215198

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

A significant problem with Lexington is that there's very little retail along it, except for just a few intersections with other major streets. That probably depresses the transit travel demand a lot. I still really wish that Metro Transit could have picked a different vehicle type from the ones the...
by mulad
March 6th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13980

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Looking at this more closely now that I'm writing a message to my representatives, I see that my main objection is to the points in Section 1.2., which limits studies to evaluating DMUs and requiring that they be able to run on the SWLRT line. Section 1.3 only requires studies to evaluate quiet zone...
by mulad
March 2nd, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13980

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

That bill is pretty restrictive, likely making requirements that are impossible to meet with the ways FRA/FTA rules have worked in the past. That certainly shouldn't be impossible from a technical perspective, since European rail systems allow "tram-train" operations, but it's not something that's r...
by mulad
March 1st, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 701
Views: 53728

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Interesting note in here that Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (DFL) would like to see a bigger bonding bill than the governor, in the range of $3 billion rather than $1.3. https://www.minnpost.com/state-government/2019/03/the-billion-dollar-bummer-why-some-minnesota-lawmakers-are-so-conflicted-...
by mulad
March 1st, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 720
Views: 85650

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

The Camp Ripley extension would be studied with Tim O'Driscoll's bill, HF 856 / SF 1083. He seemed pretty supportive of extending Northstar at the beginning of the hearing last Friday, but then basically made a complete 180 in further comments. He said there were nine communities north of St. Cloud ...
by mulad
March 1st, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 720
Views: 85650

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

[Argh, I'm writing a long post again...] I went up to St. Cloud last Friday to testify at the hearing, though it took me all day and I only got to speak for three minutes. I did submit a written version that was about twice as long, though, so maybe someone read that. I was kind of hoping to post so...
by mulad
February 28th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 701
Views: 53728

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

The governor's proposed budget was released this week: https://mn.gov/governor/budget/ Is this mostly a "bonding bill"? I've really only been looking at the transportation section. I'm not sure how much is usually directly appropriated vs. being paid through bonds. I've mostly been focused on the $1...
by mulad
February 27th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 372
Views: 62290

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

Well, this is a little odd to post, but an episode of Lifetime's My Great Big Live Wedding was broadcast from Union Depot last night. I grew up going to school with the groom, Rob Ronnenberg, and briefly met the bride, Jen, a few years ago (though I figured they were already married). She has cystic...
by mulad
February 26th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 188
Views: 35056

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

It's under "LX" ("Lindau Mixed Use") zoning with an "AR-17" (Airport Runway) overlay, and the height rules for that defer to the "2004 MSP Zoning Ordinance." Looks like LX zoning sets minimums rather than maximums, saying that at least 60% of a building must be 25 feet (and two stories) or more, if ...
by mulad
February 26th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 188
Views: 35056

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

I'd be disappointed (though not surprised) if that plan was accepted without being amended. The site is 14.35 acres, or about 625,000 square feet, and the eventual plan would be to add 614,000 square feet of interior space. I mean, yay for achieving an FAR of about 1, but that's a pretty big plot of...

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