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by Multimodal
December 9th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 280
Views: 33378

Re: Northern Lights Express

It seems the reason rail lines to small cities work in Europe & Asia is because of density. Not population; density. Rail works to small cities because you don’t need a car to get around, and thus car ownership is much lower. If you have cars, highways, & suburbs, then trains make less sense. Someda...
by Multimodal
December 9th, 2017, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Road Geek Topics
Replies: 241
Views: 26609

Re: Road Geek Topics

Interesting article about some Canadians fixing an intersection with chalk and leaves. https://jalopnik.com/some-brilliant-toronto-residents-fixed-this-intersectio-1820931621 Some guy in the neighborhood is trying to a private park in his front lawn. Except almost no suburbanite would want a public...
by Multimodal
December 9th, 2017, 1:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 232
Views: 16728

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

I hope the cities of Edina and Bloomington get around to upgrading/adding sidewalks along Computer Ave. or the service road to connect to Nine Mike Creek trail. … I really wish Edina could lead the charge by upgrading the streets to support the higher-intensity development that's already here. It s...
by Multimodal
November 18th, 2017, 6:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1408
Views: 116458

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

But drivers that do look and keep mental track of people riding bicycles in lanes, considering the space efficiency of bikes, won’t consider bike lanes equivalent to car lane use until double the people in a bike lane than the car lanes. But I’m cynical. Here’s a short video showing how one small b...
by Multimodal
November 17th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1408
Views: 116458

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Great. So now you can bike from Richfield through Edina to Hopkins on the Nine Mile Creek Trail, then take the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail out to Excelsior.
by Multimodal
November 16th, 2017, 10:16 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Edina – General Topics
Replies: 40
Views: 4745

Re: Edina – General Topics

there is absolutely a struggle taking place in Edina right now between younger residents who live there because it has a lot of urban amenities/transportation/feel/density (compared with other suburbs) while being quite a well run city for the most part and those older residents who moved there bec...
by Multimodal
November 16th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1826
Views: 157000

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Perhaps the Super Bowl events just prove that Nicollet Mall is better as a pedestrian-only mall, and buses should be permanently re-routed off of it.
by Multimodal
November 10th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

We add safety features to cars all the time. It doesn’t mean that humans can’t drive until all the cars have these safety features. They’re a bonus, not a requirement for all current vehicles. So, sure, add safety features to self-driving cars. It doesn’t mean they’re not ready for testing in real s...
by Multimodal
November 10th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Future cars / Driverless cars

Damn Millennials. They ruin everything.

[ Edit ] I’m kidding!
by Multimodal
November 10th, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

These things have algorithms configured via deep learning driven by millions of simulation cycles. They are not being intentionally programmed to react to specific situations. It’s probably some of both, no? Tesla has accumulated over a billion miles of data from their cars, and over 300 million mi...
by Multimodal
November 10th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I don't think expecting an autonomous vehicle to be able to do something as simple as backing up is asking all that much. Just because the human driver was at fault does not absolve the autonomous vehicle (or rather, its engineers/programmers) of the responsibility of protecting its occupants. Edit...
by Multimodal
November 9th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4037
Views: 331633

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Often, something historically significant is pretty, beautiful, or scenic.

But not always.
by Multimodal
November 9th, 2017, 1:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

True, but it's puzzling (and concerning) that the bus was not able to take any evasive action to avoid being hit. Do we wait until autonomous vehicles can not only drive perfectly among other autonomous vehicles, but can also perfectly avoid sleepy, drunk, sloppy, or even terroristic drivers? We wi...
by Multimodal
November 9th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4037
Views: 331633

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

This document explains the historical significance. I don’t have time to read the whole thing, but the old photos & maps seem to paint an interesting picture. One person’s “government waste” is another person’s “history”. https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Light-Rail-Projects/Southwest...
by Multimodal
November 9th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: 44th & France - Edina/Minneapolis
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

Re: 44th & France - Edina/Minneapolis

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171109/5d739cf18d196e4eb7522863670f6628.jpg When you look at the scale of 44th & France compared to any other commercial node in the area, it’s small. I don’t think the solid 5-6 stories of Excelsior & Grand is appropriate for something this small, and directly ad...
by Multimodal
November 9th, 2017, 8:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Future cars / Driverless cars

Ha ha. Well, as it says, it was the human driver’s error (as it is in virtually every case).

Roads & streets will be much, much safer when computers direct vehicles. It’s almost like we can’t trust humans with speed or attention.
by Multimodal
November 8th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Municipal Boundaries and Suburban Annexation
Replies: 31
Views: 2277

Re: Municipal Boundaries and Suburban Annexation

From what I understand, it started a decade or so after Morningside merged. So maybe Morningside would be around today if fiscal disparities tax base sharing existed? Even so, who wants their taxes to go to support some tiny little village that doesn’t want to grow up? These microburbs might have ma...
by Multimodal
November 7th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

(Sorry; just figured out how to remove my Tapatalk signature. It’s gone)
by Multimodal
November 7th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

And then there’s this: Waymo is cutting out (front seat) drivers from their autonomous cars already. (In Phoenix, where there’s no rain or snow, or much of anything.) Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Cut Out Human Drivers in Road Tests - The New York Times https://apple.news/AFqun8gAuRiOE3PLiagmYFg Sent from...
by Multimodal
November 7th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 396
Views: 31874

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

This seems like sort of a big deal: Bob Lutz (formerly of General Motors) says the end is nigh for cars & car culture:

http://www.autonews.com/article/2017110 ... es-goodbye


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