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by kellonathan
March 19th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 27159

Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

I'm probably not the first one who had this question, but, does anyone know why Mpls does not have a separate "department of transportation", and instead lumps it under the department of pubic works?
by kellonathan
February 28th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 121
Views: 18654

Re: Transit Crime

TriMet in PDX has the authority to ban passengers for life for subsequent, violent crime on transit. It used to be six months max, but they changed the policy to up to one year for first time offences, and up to life for offences after that.
by kellonathan
February 4th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108308

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

I wonder if people of St. Anthony/Lauderdale/Falcon Heights actually prefer to be living out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul city limits, or if there is any other benefits to it, such as lower tax, maybe? I understand there's history behind small villages not wanting to be annexed by growing major citie...
by kellonathan
February 3rd, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70
Replies: 153
Views: 23031

Re: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70

Connecting 'transit' LRT tracks (or any other tracks under FTA blessing) to 'railroad' mainline tracks (FRA jurisdiction) opens up a whole different can of worms. Simply put, they can't be physically connected to mainline tracks, unless everything you do/have is FRA-compliant, or have some sort of m...
by kellonathan
February 2nd, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70
Replies: 153
Views: 23031

Re: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70

You're thinking "tram-train" type of service, right? The short answer is, "no", S70 can't enter mainline tracks under FRA jurisdiction regardless of types of trains that are mainly occupied by such tracks. There are some cases where you can establish an exception to this by ensuring "temporal separa...
by kellonathan
February 1st, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 44559

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

How about combining A and D branches so that service hour can be focused on higher-frequency local service in St Paul?

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by kellonathan
January 16th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8249

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

The fact that North Loop is only served by two local "coverage" routes, 7 and 14, makes it quite interesting to navigate to-and-from North Loop by transit. (e.g. Should I wait for the 14, or walk two blocks to catch the 7?) On a sidenote, the lack of "direct" connection between Mill District and Nor...
by kellonathan
December 24th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 996
Views: 145522

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

On a tangentially related note, I wonder if the parking lot on the SE side of 5+Hennepin is less likely to get developed due to the mural. I imagine it being a good location to be a public plaza with food trucks and programming or some sorts, at least. I'm also hoping the upcoming Hennepin Downtown ...
by kellonathan
December 21st, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 996
Views: 145522

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

I don't know---I can understand that sentiment actually. Waiting for the bus at 5+Hennepin, I didn't really feel like I was in the "heart" of downtown (or at least right next to, supposedly). The light rail station is literally surrounded by Sneaky Pete/Dreamgirls and two parking lots to the south. ...
by kellonathan
December 18th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 146
Views: 10162

Re: Metropolitan Council

I was hoping to see a technocrat-kinda figurehead like Peter McLaughlin, but oh well, Slawik seems pretty qualified compared to other finalists.
by kellonathan
November 20th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 106
Views: 18278

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

More renderings for the project.
by kellonathan
November 8th, 2018, 2:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 501 7th St S
Replies: 21
Views: 3852

Re: 501 7th St S

From the PDR Comprehensive Report...
- The address for the proposed restaurant space will be 505 S 7th Street.
- The address for the residential entrance will be 511 S 7th Street.
Sometimes, the City doesn't even know how to interpret their own addressing standard. It should be 7th Street South.
by kellonathan
October 29th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 61
Views: 4209

Re: E Line ABRT

That's true. That being said, *if the stars align*, and when we have both SWLRT and Midtown Greenway Rail converging at the station, I believe it makes more sense to have both B and E lines serve the station. I guess, eventually, it all comes down to cost-and-benefit balance for serving SWLRT-origin...
by kellonathan
October 29th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 61
Views: 4209

Re: E Line ABRT

My speculation is also on the France-Excelsior-Lake routing. With the E Line serving France with a high-frequency service, #6 can be truncated to become a "shuttle" btwn Uptown TC and Southdale via Xerxes. (maybe extend to downtown during peak hours, depending on service hour availability) Shorter r...
by kellonathan
October 5th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2239
Views: 210935

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Starting October 13, several stops will be eliminated to speed up route #2. Glad to see some 1/4mi stop spacing in action. We should do this system-wide.

https://www.metrotransit.org/route-2
by kellonathan
September 18th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 106
Views: 18278

Re: Demolition of West Publishing / old jail

I'm personally happy to see bigger out-of-town players like AECOM bringing in some competitions to the Twin Cities development market. I'm loving these quality proposals and renderings.

(Full disclosure: Albeit not involved in any of these proposals, I'm an AECOM employee.)
by kellonathan
August 16th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 54773

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

There is an on-going MnDOT study on I-94 between downtowns. Even if they can secure the funding in the next cycle or so, I would guess it would take a while for engineering/construction to see HOV/HOT lanes on I-94. They also probably want to wait until the current I-35W construction is done before ...
by kellonathan
August 10th, 2018, 3:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis address format discrepancies
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Minneapolis address format discrepancies

Maybe I have OCD or something, but signs with inconsistency really grind my gear... https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1836/42160041180_0037d0f583.jpg 2018-08-10 14_06_23-799 County Rd 3 - Google Maps by Jonathan Ahn , on Flickr Also, this is technically correct, following the address standard and every...
by kellonathan
August 10th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis address format discrepancies
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

I think you might be right! That will also explain why the alphabet streets west of Lyndale (e.g. Aldrich-Bryant-Colfax...) has "S" attached to them too.
by kellonathan
August 10th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis address format discrepancies
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

I suspect that there is a discrepancy between public works dept's signage-making practices and the city's addressing standard. The city already has Minneapolis Addressing Standard v1.22 that says all directional markers should be used as suffixes. Also, I don't understand why named streets in "South...

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