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by mulad
December 10th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71890

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Yeah, the train really exercised the limits of what the Union Depot platform gate can handle. I saw someone mention that the train probably had about 1,400 people on it, which seems to pencil out. There were 6 cars on the train and there are 145 seats in most cars (a bit less in the cab cars), with ...
by mulad
December 7th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71890

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

There may be some tweaks to existing routes that could be made. I kind of want to see a circulator bus up in Elk River to zig-zag north and west of the station through town, but I feel the planners made a pretty fundamental error by putting the station where they did. I'm not sure how much ridership...
by mulad
December 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 280
Views: 33378

Re: Northern Lights Express

This thread's been silent for a while, but I'd personally be much more interested in seeing NLX service extended from Duluth to Grand Rapids, Hibbing, or Virginia up along the Iron Range. You could get to the Iron Range via Two Harbors, since tracks lead from there up to Hoyt Lakes, but that's a cir...
by mulad
December 3rd, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71890

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I measure the distance from Target Field to Fridley as about 7.9 miles, which is normally scheduled at 19 minutes, or 25 mph, so this isn't much different. Obviously that's not great either. I guess this implies to me that they'll probably run via the Midway Subdivision, which goes through a few rai...
by mulad
October 24th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)
Replies: 41
Views: 10308

Re: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)

Groundbreaking for the new building next to Nova Classical Academy (Victoria St. S at Kay Ave) will happen this week, according to email from the management office for the existing apartments.
by mulad
October 24th, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 851
Views: 104136

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

The construction walls are down around Dough Dough. Their sign says they'll open Friday.
by mulad
September 28th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 851
Views: 104136

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Carlo's Bake Shop opened today.
by mulad
September 15th, 2017, 2:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Arterial Rapid Bus & Penn Ave Community Works Project
Replies: 111
Views: 11308

Re: C Line - Arterial Rapid Bus & Penn Ave Community Works Project

Metro Transit is getting a $1.75 million Federal Transit Administration grant to help pay for electric buses on this route.

https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/ ... Selections
https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/gra ... m-projects
by mulad
September 14th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Expo 2023
Replies: 34
Views: 2748

Re: Expo 2023

Uhm...
by mulad
July 27th, 2017, 8:51 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 851
Views: 104136

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

There are other tenants in the office tower now. Some signage went up this past Monday indicating the MOA has space on floors 4 and 5, and that the City of Bloomington has some space at least on the 5th floor. I'm not sure if anything is on the 6th floor yet. Cray takes up about 2/3rds of the 7th fl...
by mulad
July 2nd, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Useful research links
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

Re: Useful research links

I just tried downloading those pages using "wget", a Unix command-line tool, and the connections timed out. That makes me feel something is down completely (does the main web server proxy connections to other backend servers for certain pages?)
by mulad
May 5th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 336
Views: 35304

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Here are a few bullet points from page 11 of the first PDF Grant found: Automate switches and signal sidings Install crossover switches Extend existing sidings Reconfigure track alignment to improve operations That's still pretty vague, though. I would expect most of the line to have good signaling ...
by mulad
March 29th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 851
Views: 104136

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

For the office, it's basically just VIP, visitor, and overnight worker parking under the building. It can only handle up to about 20% of the employees with the way it's divided up. The hotel and office tower share a 2-level parking structure, much of which is used for hotel parking and valet service...
by mulad
March 26th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71890

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Annoyingly (to me anyway), the St. Cloud Times editorial board is arguing that the $3 million test plan is fine. They do say in the title of their editorial that some threshold of success has to be defined, but they decline to take a stab at what that would be. Well, I guess it should motivate me to...
by mulad
March 25th, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 851
Views: 104136

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

As I mentioned in the Galtier thread, Cray's move into the office tower is finishing up now. The first regular day for employees is Monday. I've been in the building Thursday and Friday installing a computer lab that I manage there. One of the reasons I've been quiet on here is because I've been so ...
by mulad
March 25th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 71
Views: 9977

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

Cray is mostly moved out of the Galtier building at this point, though I think some trucks are still running between the sites today. Employees did final packing up on Wednesday, and most people have been working from home or taking time off for Thursday, Friday, and the weekend. I was one of the lu...
by mulad
March 17th, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71890

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Hmm. I was busy earlier and didn't have time to thoroughly read the article. Maybe it got updated with more details, but this is sounding less great than it did at the beginning. I knew $3 million seemed a bit low for a budget -- Northstar needed $13.2 million in support in 2015, so (potential cost ...
by mulad
January 5th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Restaurant News
Replies: 258
Views: 43500

Re: St. Paul Restaurant News

That would make sense. Here's a year-end rundown from the PiPress, including the news that Faces Mears Park will be renamed Bistro 373 when it reopens in the spring. (The number comes from the address of 373 Sibley St, of course.) http://www.twincities.com/2016/12/29/st-paul-got-some-great-new-resta...
by mulad
December 30th, 2016, 8:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: I'm on a Boat!
Replies: 25
Views: 2599

Re: I'm on a Boat!

by mulad
December 25th, 2016, 8:34 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Restaurant News
Replies: 258
Views: 43500

Re: St. Paul Restaurant News

Toward the other end of downtown, Afro Deli on West 7th Place has expanded their evening hours so they now close at 9 pm: https://www.facebook.com/afrodeli/photos/a.192096634177084.52552.130425057010909/1229335027119901/?type=3 Revival's location in the former Cheeky Monkey location at 525 Selby Ave...

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