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by DanPatchToget
January 18th, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 342
Views: 39863

Re: Northern Lights Express

It is shovel ready. The only obstacle keeping it from starting construction is funding, 80% of which is assumed to be coming from the federal government. Might be worthwhile to see if we can get most or all of the funding from a different source.
by DanPatchToget
January 18th, 2019, 1:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester
Replies: 436
Views: 50986

Re: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester

I'm in favor of conventional rail along 52 and Union Pacific's route to SPUD from Rochester. Offer express service skipping the small towns, and regular service serving those towns so everyone's happy. It also makes intercity rail to Chicago via Rochester more likely. Some have suggested using the o...
by DanPatchToget
January 10th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 113
Views: 12866

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Here's a study I did on the feasibility of regional rail on the Dan Patch Corridor. Still a work in progress, but I've got most of it nailed down. https://www.dropbox.com/s/t658jksyef2oi0u/Dan%20Patch%20Corridor%20Study%202019%20Update.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR1rlmTtS8FkOkSyMAyEsOJ1WGArSiLWG_tRbrGEBwFq1M...
by DanPatchToget
January 8th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 113
Views: 12866

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

If Dan Patch were to be built, would it take the soon-to-be new connection to the Kenilworth corridor or would it go through Safety in the Park land? There are some compelling reasons to send it through Kenilworth, especially when (when!) Midtown LRT gets built. Even with only a connection to the G...
by DanPatchToget
January 7th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 690
Views: 81082

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

From what I've read it can be standing room only. I've only used it once during rush hour and that was a few years ago, but yes it was pretty packed. Are there any double-decker DMUs out there? Perhaps a model that's offered in single-level and double-decker so there's one type in our fleet and they...
by DanPatchToget
January 7th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 690
Views: 81082

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

What's the EPA Tier standard for Northstar's locomotives? They're definitely not Tier 4, but according to the Wikipedia article on this type of locomotive they can be rebuilt to meet Tier 4 standards. I'm sure it's not a high priority, but I wonder if this is something Metro Transit would look into....
by DanPatchToget
January 5th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 113
Views: 12866

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

I was finally starting to do a little digging and I mapped out the station placements that were suggested on older pages. The stations really do line up well with the once proposed hwy 100 abrt line. I wonder how feasible this line/corridor would be for light rail or streetcar style of trains. say ...
by DanPatchToget
January 4th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 113
Views: 12866

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Good. People keep talking about Dan Patch, so this stupid gag order has failed.
by DanPatchToget
January 2nd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transitways in other Minnesota cities?
Replies: 31
Views: 2540

Re: Transitways in other Minnesota cities?

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/traffic-and-construction/4550588-duluth-candidate-innovative-busing-concept?fbclid=IwAR2BynyR9S3VoQXxauJ5HtcYI8A_KBCpA8Ux8h5T30LivwL--aTmasXEOnM I don't know if they're looking at full scale BRT like our planned Gold Line, arterial BRT like the A Line, or calli...
by DanPatchToget
January 1st, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 109
Views: 16334

Re: Transit Crime

Around 9:30 last night, but on a Twin Cities transit page I follow on Facebook a couple people have had the same experience. Also, while not on the train, the enclosed and heated stairwell at the 28th Avenue Park & Ride ramp reeks of cigarette smoke. A couple times I've seen people smoke there, so n...
by DanPatchToget
January 1st, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 109
Views: 16334

Re: Transit Crime

Has smoking on the trains always been an issue? Last night riding the Blue Line I couldn't see smoke, but I could definitely smell a cigarette, and then the driver came on the intercom saying if they didn't stop smoking he would call the police. Does anyone know of any other transit system where thi...
by DanPatchToget
December 19th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 41
Views: 2680

Re: Labeling the Transit System

The ideal rebranding of the Red Line would be "Blue Line Link", similar to the current Northstar Link bus. Because that's what it is...a bus extension of the Blue Line. Doing so would also shut y'all up from the tiresome argument that the Red Line should go downtown, etc. No, it's just a bus extens...
by DanPatchToget
December 17th, 2018, 11:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41516

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

With all the studying done over the years you would think they would know to set aside some ROW to interline Midtown LRT into Southwest LRT. However anything built can be destroyed (legally of course), and by that I mean this area could always be modified so there can be interlining. Obviously more ...
by DanPatchToget
December 16th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 690
Views: 81082

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I just realized the Northstar Holiday Train operates five days after the last day of the Union Depot Holiday Market. Anyone want to find the logic? To answer my own question, they at least had vendors inside the depot and some entertainment for the kids. According to Metro Transit this year's Holid...
by DanPatchToget
December 15th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41516

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

We really are terrible at thinking ahead sometimes. As late as the 80s the West Lake area had room for at least six tracks. See this aerial photo-http://geo.lib.umn.edu/minneapolis/1983/1983_091A.jpg However couldn't they just modify 31st Street to allow a single track through there to connect with ...
by DanPatchToget
December 14th, 2018, 10:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41516

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

I don't know how we'll integrate Midtown LRT and the Blue Line, but with the western end while there would be separate platforms at least it's easy to merge the Midtown LRT into the Green Line heading west. it seems completely pointless that the midtown line be connecting to the other lines to use ...
by DanPatchToget
December 14th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41516

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

I don't know how we'll integrate Midtown LRT and the Blue Line, but with the western end while there would be separate platforms at least it's easy to merge the Midtown LRT into the Green Line heading west.
by DanPatchToget
December 12th, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41516

Re: Midtown Greenway

Since we're sharing ideas, my plan has been to build a wye track and a separate station as close as possible to Lake Street/Midtown and have a skyway connecting the two stations so transferring isn't a pain. All Midtown Greenway trains would turn into the wye, stop at the station, and then the drive...
by DanPatchToget
December 8th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17440

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

I’m following down the line... sure it’s NIMBY but would it also have some YIMBY? With the overhead lines it REALLY solidified that the line isn’t moving. (One of the knocks against buses vs rail) That's one reason why I like trolleybuses; permanence. Also having traveled to Budapest they have nume...
by DanPatchToget
December 8th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17440

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

IMO this is one of the underappreciated arguments for trolleybuses, streetcars, and other forms of electric rail. Electric propulsion is great, but not all electric propulsion is created equal. The ideal case for the environment is to transmit the energy to the vehicle while it's in motion, rather ...

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