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by DanPatchToget
February 21st, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I found a 2016 document showing 950 daily eastbound boardings are projected at 21st Street Station (for comparison, they projected 1,040 daily eastbound boardings at Wooddale). Is this projection up to date? For 21st Street that seems extremely high.
by DanPatchToget
February 17th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 203
Views: 31865

Re: Fantasy maps

Kind of crazy idea although maybe it has some merit; extend the Blue Line west on 55 to Golden Valley instead of Bottineau.
by DanPatchToget
February 14th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

From an engineering perspective anything is possible. The question is can we get the funding for a North Minneapolis subway and should we do it?

Also, if this were a deep bore tunnel would there even be construction impacts on the surface besides building station entrances?
by DanPatchToget
February 13th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Locked MSPBJ article, but it sounds like Hennepin is quietly investigating other options. I imagine they'd have been better off doing this years ago, but better late than never? https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2020/02/13/memo-says-hennepin-county-is-seeking-a-plan-b-for.html Quite unfor...
by DanPatchToget
February 8th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 203
Views: 31865

Re: Fantasy maps

Very interested to see what happens with their express routes and the ridership between the two if/when they keep them. Not something I would use much anymore, but I’m still annoyed Metro Transit nerfed the off peak 94 to put people on the slower train. If urban users were forced into that, southwe...
by DanPatchToget
February 8th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Well off-peak express service between downtown and Southwest Station is already pretty much non-existent besides a few trips operated by the 698, so I'm sure most people wouldn't bat an eye over that being cut and replaced with a frequent, all-day light rail service even if it makes several stops.
by DanPatchToget
February 4th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Does anyone know the service plan for existing and new bus routes that will be our in operation once light rail service begins in 2023? I may have asked this before, but I don’t remember if I did. Materials I have read, discuss how the light rail will help Golden The Golden triangle area. I underst...
by DanPatchToget
February 4th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 53
Views: 6944

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

I didn’t know the MVTA had an Alexander Dennis bus (specifically the Enviro 200, which I think was produced jointly with New Flyer). Do they have several or just one? I saw one operating Route 444 by the Mall of America.
by DanPatchToget
January 30th, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 37
Views: 4291

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

If we had a regional rail system in the Twin Cities I would expect something to connect out to Stillwater. Given financial realities we are obviously building a regional rapid bus network instead. I'm curious how many stops they would plan for this line, but if it makes a quick ride to Stillwater i...
by DanPatchToget
January 21st, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 374
Views: 45646

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

IMO there should be something like 3-4 trains PDEW CHI-MSP in addition to the Empire Builder. At current speeds I can't imagine there is nearly enough demand for 3-4 trains per day to Chicago from Minneapolis-St.Paul. 9-10 hours by train or 1.75 hours by plane. Even with 2 hours for airport securit...
by DanPatchToget
January 15th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 37
Views: 4291

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

BRT to Rosedale or even Maplewood Mall makes some sense, but those don't do anything for Washington County, and it's hard to imagine even the most dedicated booster making a good case for even 20-minute bus frequency through the undeveloped 10 miles between 694 and Stillwater. This really seems mor...
by DanPatchToget
January 14th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 37
Views: 4291

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

I’ve always imagined a Highway 36 BRT being part of a northern extension of the Red Line. But interlining or not, Stillwater is pretty far and as already mentioned it’s undeveloped east of 694, and the development that exists as go into Stillwater on the highway is auto oriented and would be difficu...
by DanPatchToget
January 14th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The built environment doesn't really allow for at grade routing of SWLRT. Well, it could've been built at-grade, but that would involve several crossings with busy roads that have high speed traffic. Combined with impatient suburban motorists it probably wouldn't go well. Possibly incorrect list of...
by DanPatchToget
January 14th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

It's striking how much more willing they are to build expensive bridges to grade separate this line out in wealthy suburbia than they were to do the same for the two dense lines running in the core. Imagine how much cleaner the Snelling / University intersection would be if they'd built a tunnel or...
by DanPatchToget
January 7th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 120
Views: 15169

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

There was a meeting in Savage today about trying to move passenger rail in southern Minnesota forward. Main points I got from that meeting: -there’s more and more support for passenger rail from politicians and citizens -some politicians don’t want to try to remove the Dan Patch Gag Order anymore an...
by DanPatchToget
January 6th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2360
Views: 246124

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Here’s an important question; does the fare revenue outweigh the cost of maintaining ticket machines and employing fare enforcement, and if yes by how much?
by DanPatchToget
January 5th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2360
Views: 246124

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

http://www.startribune.com/after-kansas-city-made-transit-free-what-about-the-twin-cities/566721742/ My philosophy has always been let's improve service first before we discuss free fares since a free fare is less useful if the service is terrible (I won't say transit service in the Twin Cities is t...
by DanPatchToget
December 13th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 203
Views: 31865

Re: Fantasy maps

Updated version of my regional rail system map. This includes: -a new "Minneapolis Central Station" under downtown that would handle the majority of traffic with trains coming as frequently as every couple minutes, all trains serving this station would have the ability to operate electrically (hybri...
by DanPatchToget
December 12th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 136
Views: 19107

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

Would make a spectacular rail trail. There's a plan for a regional trail at the northern end. I agree on the condition that it can be turned back to rail at any time. Not that it would stop people from filing lawsuits, but hopefully they would be quickly tossed out. South of Montgomery, at least wh...
by DanPatchToget
December 12th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 136
Views: 19107

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

Not confirmed yet, but I’ve heard from the Minnesota Railroads Facebook group that the Montgomery Subdivision will be embargoed at the end of the month by Union Pacific due to a mill in New Prague shutting down. This branch line starts west of Shakopee and goes through the towns of Jordan, New Pragu...

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