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by DanPatchToget
October 12th, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 185
Views: 24829

Re: Fantasy maps

Map of options for realigned regional rail routes through Minneapolis and stations. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TMfRW ... sp=sharing
by DanPatchToget
October 10th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 185
Views: 24829

Re: Fantasy maps

It'll be interesting if one of these routes could work. Did the Northstar have a circulating bus? Second scooters and bikes provide competition of the year. I noticed a lady taking a scooter to hear car near the Metro Transit garage on 7th yesterday. The Northstar had Route 20, which was discontinu...
by DanPatchToget
October 6th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9127

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

Southwest LRT and the E Line are two completely different routes. In addition to connections south to Edina an ABRT route on France to Excelsior would also provide connections to Uptown and along Hennepin Avenue. Yeah the B Line will provide connections from West Lake to Uptown, but I'd rather have ...
by DanPatchToget
October 5th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9127

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

It's a bit of a complex route, but the rationale does make sense and it hopefully will still be fairly straightforward to navigate with the exception of the segment between France and Hennepin. Hopefully they have a concrete plan to keep the buses moving through that section smoothly, because that'...
by DanPatchToget
October 3rd, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 459
Views: 56281

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

Best real world example that I can think of for what rail on Highway 52 would look like is the New Mexico Rail Runner where it operates in the middle of I-25 for a certain length. Just from a glance at images and Streetview there’s definitely some grade changes, but I don’t know how similar they are...
by DanPatchToget
October 1st, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 459
Views: 56281

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

Would they really pick a route that they didn't even know if the geography was suitable for trains?

The only other options are going through farm fields, which is politically extremely difficult, or the long way via Owatonna.
by DanPatchToget
October 1st, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 459
Views: 56281

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

According to a colleague the grade changes on Highway 52 would make it difficult if not impossible to have rail going along it; is this true? Is there a way to find out what the grade is on Highway 52?
by DanPatchToget
September 10th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92846

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I hadn’t realized until now northbound trains from Fridley have to go all the way to Coon Creek Junction to get on the north/westbound main. Would a crossover closer to Fridley help ease train traffic?
by DanPatchToget
September 5th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4468
Views: 403760

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Those bridges were built in the mid 1970s. I think CP owned the southern bridge as they inherited it from the Soo Line who inherited it from the Milwaukee Road.
by DanPatchToget
September 4th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4468
Views: 403760

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

When was the channel built? That should tell you when the bridge was built. The rail line itself was built in the 1870s.

It’s at least 80 years old as I see it looking at 1938 aerial images.
by DanPatchToget
August 24th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 50
Views: 5497

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

Is it just me or is their service will really confusing with all the letters and shuttles? It also didn't seem clear how you request for the flex service to go off the main route. Service between Eden Prairie and Bloomington could be a hell of a lot better but they don't seem to be trying to make it...
by DanPatchToget
August 15th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92846

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I bet Northstar was considered fantasy, and look what happened.

Reopening the Great Northern Depot or Milwaukee Road Depot in downtown to passenger trains is fantasy, but what we’ve been discussing is well within the realm of reality.
by DanPatchToget
August 15th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92846

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

This long conversation belongs in Fantasy Maps or Intercity Rail. Nothing to do with Metro Transit's Northstar... How does this not have to do with Northstar? Whatever changes are made to Target Field Station or a new regional rail hub for Minneapolis would very much have an impact on Northstar. Wh...
by DanPatchToget
August 14th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92846

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

West Minneapolis would be mainly intended for through-routing east/west not north/south. A couple of examples being Wayzata-West MPLS-SPUD-Stillwater and Northfield-West MPLS-SPUD-Hastings. East Minneapolis would be used by trains going north/south from/to SPUD (SPUD-St. Cloud for example) in additi...
by DanPatchToget
August 14th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92846

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Getting Rid of the 394 ramps into downtown would be a nightmare for the ABC ramps. Unless your plan is to also demolish them as well. It sure would be progressive towards a car-less downtown, interesting idea but a bit unrealistic in today's climate. Not trying to put down your ideas, and dreams.. ...
by DanPatchToget
August 6th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 489
Views: 55676

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

It’s an improvement, though two complaints I have are the gap between Park Center Boulevard and the Highway 100 ramp, and the off-street bike facility between Park Center Boulevard and Belt Line. I don’t trust motorists to stop before the crosswalk as they usually go as far forward as they can to se...
by DanPatchToget
July 30th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 321
Views: 33698

Re: Bike Share

This was a year ago and a couple times I took a bike that wasn’t attached to a dock. You could leave it at a designated spot that didn’t have a dock but I don’t remember if you got charged extra.
by DanPatchToget
July 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 321
Views: 33698

Re: Bike Share

When I was in Copenhagen I preferred the ebikes that weren’t docked. It was sometimes a struggle getting them out of the dock.
by DanPatchToget
July 29th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 132
Views: 17231

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

Some siding track in Hopkins has been removed as part of the Southwest LRT project.
by DanPatchToget
July 29th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 321
Views: 33698

Re: Bike Share

My e-bike makes riding around hilly West Bloomington so much easier. You know those really hot days where just standing outside makes you sweat? Well with my e-bike I can ride around and still not be drenched in sweat.

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