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by DanPatchToget
June 20th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail
Replies: 77
Views: 5231

Re: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail

If they are planning to add a dedicated track for the entire route (minus going over the St. Croix River on the existing UP bridge) how many roundtrips could they do in a day with one trainset? Better to have it moving than be like Northstar wasting the entire day with four trainsets.
by DanPatchToget
June 20th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail
Replies: 77
Views: 5231

Re: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail

New tracks in the existing corridor. I wonder if they mean one track will be dedicated to passenger and the existing track will be freight only?

I'm skeptical of this making money on its own, especially with only two roundtrips per day.
by DanPatchToget
June 20th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 780
Views: 69683

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Here's what our good buddies at Center of the American Experiment have to say about Riverview:
https://www.americanexperiment.org/2018 ... streetcar/
by DanPatchToget
June 19th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 780
Views: 69683

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Inexcusable, but thats reality with our process. Any transit supporters in the state and federal government need to change the rules to make the process quicker. However we also need a ballot in the Twin Cities region, and maybe even the whole state, to get substantial funding for transit. It worked...
by DanPatchToget
June 19th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 780
Views: 69683

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Construction or opening in 2028?
by DanPatchToget
June 19th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 71
Views: 6178

Re: Tunnels!

What if its fully built and operational, but a failure from a ridership and financial standpoint? What if its being built, there are major cost overruns, and Musk decides to abandon it? Chicago is definitely not off the hook, and even if its successful there's no guarantee it will always be that way.
by DanPatchToget
June 19th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 839
Views: 72130

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Fun fact (or maybe more of a sad fact): On this day in 1954 was the last revenue run for streetcars in the Twin Cities.
by DanPatchToget
June 16th, 2018, 6:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 839
Views: 72130

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Being in Oslo for four months and taking the tram on a frequent basis, there was never a time when a vehicle was blocking the tracks for a long period (more than a minute). Perhaps I was lucky, or maybe the streetcar has been part of daily Oslo life for so long that motorists respect its existence, ...
by DanPatchToget
June 16th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 839
Views: 72130

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I probably should have used the Atlanta streetcar as a better example. The Atlanta streetcar is an excellent example of how poorly conceived some of these projects are. It looks great and seems to connect viable transit nodes, but because it is not truly intended as a means of transportation the tr...
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 71
Views: 6178

Re: Tunnels!

Depends on who you ask and what location, but I think public transit is pretty cheap. Plus there are already ads on buses and trains, sometimes annoyingly wrapped all over the outside so its hard to see out. But maybe you're thinking more along the lines of minding your own business on the bus or tr...
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 354058

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

http://www.startribune.com/southwest-li ... 485623731/

Hopkins O&M facility being scaled back to cut costs. Or they could just, you know, scrap the stupid tunnel in Kenilworth.
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 839
Views: 72130

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I think the truth on streetcars is somewhat more positive than transit wonks make it out to be, even if the drawbacks (namely, capital cost) are real. They're not bad transit. They're equally fast as a bus, can have higher capacity, can be run carbon-free, and have lower operating costs. They also ...
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1182
Views: 140325

Re: MSP Airport

Northwest and/or Delta tried MSP-MEX years ago. Didn't last long, but hopefully with the joint venture with AeroMexico it has a better chance.

AeroMexico even applied to start MSP-MEX a decade ago. They got approval, but never started it.
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26092

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

What do they mean by "No Arterial BRT expansions recommended" on the last page?
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 71
Views: 6178

Re: Tunnels!

I like the idea of upgrading the existing freight railroad right-of-way for faster and more frequent commuter service. Assuming the tunnels are narrow, then that makes it impossible to modify it with larger vehicles, though they could do what Budapest does with their Metro Line 1. I like to call the...
by DanPatchToget
June 14th, 2018, 6:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 71
Views: 6178

Re: Tunnels!

The Boring Company was selected by the City of Chicago to build an underground transit link between the Loop and O'Hare. http://www.startribune.com/chicago-taps-musk-company-to-build-express-line-to-o-hare/485485031/ From a different article its stated it will only cost $1 billion to build and requi...
by DanPatchToget
June 12th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1182
Views: 140325

Re: MSP Airport

At this point its pretty much confirmed an announcement will be made tomorrow (Wednesday) on service to ICN. Also appears MSP-HND will stay.
by DanPatchToget
June 10th, 2018, 7:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 878
Views: 88295

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_sailor/news/government/st-louis-park-seeks-state-help-with-train-related-amenities/article_246687cb-4049-59ba-ab06-370161787f52.html Apologies if this was discussed before as I just found this article and was wondering if they're still trying to get funding for the...
by DanPatchToget
June 9th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 717
Views: 73271

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Wonder if it would be better if some of the express routes were detoured onto Hiawatha Avenue instead? Isn't there a shoulder they can use in case traffic is really bad?
by DanPatchToget
June 9th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1995
Views: 176734

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Besides Valley West and Creekside Community Center I don't see any place where a 40 foot bus would have difficulty on that route, plus it would only be a temporary sub so people don't have to wait 30 minutes for the next bus going east. Also there was a brief period a couple years ago when I saw 35 ...

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