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by alexschief
April 19th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Given a finite pot of transit funds, I just don't think I'd prioritize spending on these outlying crosstown routes. I'm sure there's some degree of chicken and egg thing happening here, and I know people love the idea of building out a non-centralized transit system, but... most people still want t...
by alexschief
April 18th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 925
Views: 104381

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

East of Nicollet, 42nd is extremely wide. Concrete curb-protected lanes should be extremely possible.
by alexschief
April 18th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 925
Views: 104381

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

It would be nice if the county would proactively do this before more people are killed. There is no justification for four lane designs on virtually all of these county roads. Almost all of them have ADT under 20k, and should be extremely easy fixes with few (if any) tradeoffs for drivers.
by alexschief
April 17th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

I don't think extending the A Line is necessarily the right call, given how easy and obvious the 46th St Station is as a bus layover facility. But I do think that, while it's not the highest priority route, the 46th St corridor should be on any list for future aBRT implementation on its own. The cur...
by alexschief
April 17th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8269

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

In the report that was linked on the last page, staff explains their findings. In short, they take a dim view of the proposed design's conformance with the historic district guidelines. They object on just about every point related to the design, but some of their objections specifically apply to th...
by alexschief
April 16th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

They have new articulated diesel BRT buses that they use on the A line now They are using the future C Line buses on the A Line so that the drivers can practice with them. They also used the artics on the first Allianz Field gameday, and imagine they will continue to do so in the future. Otherwise ...
by alexschief
April 15th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 74150

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

I asked folks how their transportation went on Saturday and received almost all positive responses. - Seems like the A Line was a clear winner, with Metro Transit running some of the artics from the C Line. I hope they will be able to make that move throughout the year, even once the C Line begins o...
by alexschief
April 11th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: West Lake Street Hotel- 3012 Excelsior Blvd (8 stories, 100')
Replies: 41
Views: 4490

Re: West Lake Street Hotel- 3012 Excelsior Blvd (8 stories, 100')

This project got better.

The slip lane in front of the hotel is unfortunate. The best option would be to get rid of it, the second best option would be to rough up the pavement before that crosswalk so that drivers get the message and slow down.
by alexschief
April 9th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31066

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

B Line meetings coming up soon. https://www.metrotransit.org/b-line-meetings I hadn't noticed (until I was corrected on Twitter) that the B-Line planning scope has been expanded to include Selby and downtown St. Paul. I hope that anyone who attends these meetings will press for the project to inclu...
by alexschief
April 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1279
Views: 1485

Re: Green Line LRT

That's really disappointing. Canceling the already infrequent overnight service in August is essentially canceling the service for the coming winter. That will put some people's lives in real danger. It's not fair to Metro Transit that their trains are being used as a shelter, but that's a role they...
by alexschief
April 3rd, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 284
Views: 29456

Re: Bike Share

*** Cleveland is the exception on bike projects in St. Paul, not the norm, and if you think that's the only bike lane fight that has happened you haven't been paying attention. The city has built or is in the process of building a dozen miles of new trails around the city, including high-quality pr...
by alexschief
April 3rd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 284
Views: 29456

Re: Bike Share

I'm sure it has to do with St. Paul's bizarre decision to choose Lime as their preferred dockless bike company. Now, in the least surprising news of the year, Lime has pulled out as well. The big underlying issue really is that St. Paul has always been a tough market for bike share because it's a to...
by alexschief
April 2nd, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Construction Webcams
Replies: 55
Views: 25789

Re: Construction Webcams

The East Town Apartments cam has a new, far better angle.
by alexschief
March 30th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9547

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I feel like we're in the 1970's again. Let's recap: Connecting AMR to 94 would: (1) Destroy tax-paying property (2) Induce more traffic, causing increases in carbon emissions and increases in airborne particulates (3) Add to the road maintenance costs of the owning authority, which is already short ...
by alexschief
March 29th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9547

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Cropped version from the EIS, available here: https://amrtf.weebly.com/2005-eis.html It's really a much better solution than Selby to Snelling to 94. But far worse than removing the road entirely, so I'm really not sure why it would be considered. St. Paul is a city with significant tax base issues...
by alexschief
March 29th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9547

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Seems obvious to say, but either connect it to I-94 via the frontage roads or cut off the 35E freeway-style entrance. I'm no proponent for it, but connecting this more directly to I-94 would add a badly-needed additional N-S arterial that doesn't use Cretin, Hamline, Snelling, Lex or Dale, which ar...
by alexschief
March 28th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9547

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I think Ayd Mill road is great for reducing traffic on surface streets. A good compromise would be to upgrade Ayd Mill and calm Snelling and Lexington with fewer lanes, maybe a Snelling bus lane, and high quality bike lanes. Ayd Mill can have reconfigured intersections at Hamline, Grand, and St Cla...
by alexschief
March 27th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9547

Re: Ayd Mill Road

After complaints "on social media," St. Paul is planning on spending $3.5 million (more than the entire repaving budget) to repave Ayd Mill Road two years early . The money will come out of the budget for a different street reconstruction project, which was binned after neighbors objected to adding ...
by alexschief
March 27th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 972
Views: 144154

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

The streetscape is really important here, across from the library and the Nimbus. I would hope the city might suggest to Opus these three guidelines: 1. Two buildings to break up this space, not one giant facade. 2. Not another parking podium. 3. Retail on the entire Nicollet frontage and the Marque...
by alexschief
March 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'
Replies: 62
Views: 9563

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'

This could double as my response to the discussion on the Elliot Park thread on the First Covenant project, but swapping retail for housing at the ground level is a good trade. Minneapolis absolutely need tons of housing, but pedestrian scale retail is one of those things that helps make dense neigh...

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