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by DanPatchToget
March 15th, 2019, 12:17 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 181
Views: 33443

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

Huh, I've biked past their HQ in West Bloomington so many times and always wondered what they do.
by DanPatchToget
March 13th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 41730

Re: Northern Lights Express

Nothing wrong with that idea, but do the lines not meet anywhere in Minneapolis that might make a good hub with better transit access? Northeast Minneapolis at Broadway & Central would be your best bet. The only issue is land constraints, likely needing to rebuild the intersection, and optimally ha...
by DanPatchToget
March 13th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 41730

Re: Northern Lights Express

Before the Oslo Tunnel opened in 1980 Oslo had two stations; Oslo West and Oslo East. Their regional and intercity rail network was split between east and west with a tiny gap in central Oslo. However I don't know how easy or difficult it was to connect between the two. To have Target Field Station ...
by DanPatchToget
March 11th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1232
Views: 152209

Re: MSP Airport

Also picking people up at Terminal 2 is much easier (sometimes). When my parents came home on Delta they took the train to Terminal 2 and I picked them up.
by DanPatchToget
March 8th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 914
Views: 102376

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

This could go into a few threads but I'll just post it here. https://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/news/u-s-highway-is-a-commuter-s-nightmare-but-how/article_4dcc4202-ff35-5edc-8145-c0534df9fb5e.html Interesting that the gap between the north- and southbound lanes of the Bloomington Ferry...
by DanPatchToget
March 7th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 173
Views: 22052

Re: Fantasy maps

Improvements to local bus routes within Bloomington and crossing to neighboring suburbs:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Un3XE ... sp=sharing
by DanPatchToget
March 2nd, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13852

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Is it too much to ask for a simple repeal of the gag order, and not a repeal with all these strings attached? A wye track from the MN&S turning east to Southwest LRT could be easy since there is a switchback connecting the two corridors, but would require demolishing a few buildings to make it a sea...
by DanPatchToget
March 2nd, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13852

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Is there a such thing as dual-mode DMU's? (D/EMU's?!?) Yes. I believe they're used on the German rail network, commonly light frequency branch lines where part of the route is electrified and the branch isn't electrified. I believe Norwegian State Railways has ordered hybrid multiple units as well....
by DanPatchToget
March 2nd, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2223
Views: 208223

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but Metro Transit is planning to cut weekend service on the 535 in June. All or most trips carry 5 or less riders.
by DanPatchToget
March 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 800
Views: 73972

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

One thing that increasingly concerns me (and now I'm going to be the broken record) is the lack of a coherent transit plan for Downtown St. Paul. I'd probably prefer your concept of turning 5th over to transit, but the current plans are not completely discordant, and I think that's why there hasn't...
by DanPatchToget
March 1st, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 718
Views: 84269

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I also lean towards using the Amtrak depot. Have a local bus connecting to all train arrivals and departures.
by DanPatchToget
February 27th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 116
Views: 17953

Re: Transit Crime

I suspect giving smokers a warning won't be enough. Not that I'm saying throw them in jail and throw away the key, but they're clearly breaking a rule plus the fact that it's a fire danger and a danger to people's health (especially people with breathing problems) so there has to be some sort of pun...
by DanPatchToget
February 27th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 116
Views: 17953

Re: Transit Crime

http://m.startribune.com/metro-transit-will-go-undercover-to-snuff-out-smoking-on-light-rail/506456032/?fbclid=IwAR0Aeq_6uXBHDE5o7Me__2MO0tnw07lgvAdsnZG_KQE3GzDu2Bmk_a_xh2Y I don't see why the police have to be undercover, but I'm glad they're going to start enforcing the no smoking rule instead of ...
by DanPatchToget
February 27th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 490
Views: 47822

Re: Rush Line Corridor BRT

Yeah, a little bit of a walk to the actual downtown and you have to cross the highway.

Why are they not going with the original decided location?
by DanPatchToget
February 26th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 54684

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I'm not opposed to the pattern you described, Multimodal, but I would like to see future big investments tied to more concrete expectations about density and development, such as minimum zoning within a certain radius of stations. I think the part of the Blue Line in Bloomington is all the proof we...
by DanPatchToget
February 24th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 266
Views: 30413

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Would be nice if for segments with enough right-of-way there was a busway parallel to the mixed-traffic road. One segment where that could definitely be done is on the Central Avenue ABRT in Fridley towards Northtown Mall. Something like what's done on this road in Gothenburg, except more likely the...
by DanPatchToget
February 22nd, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 266
Views: 30413

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

To be fair to the Red Line, you have to transfer to the Blue Line to go further north, while a Red Line north extension would certainly have much higher ridership. As others have said, once the Orange Line starts operation it would be nice if the Red Line could be extended north and share stations w...
by DanPatchToget
February 18th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73350

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Alright who else is going to be like me and instead of being passive aggressive tell people they can't smoke on the train when they start smoking? I've only seen it twice (one of those times being today), and I'm already sick of it. We're going to lose riders if people continue to smoke on the train...
by DanPatchToget
February 17th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73350

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Doesn't show up on Google Maps so it looks like it's closed. It would be nice if they used the space for a little convenience store.
by DanPatchToget
February 15th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 718
Views: 84269

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

There needs to be regional rail service or ridership is going to be stagnant. How about purchasing a DMU (with an extra as a spare) that goes back and forth between Target Field and St. Cloud during the day and evening while the diesel locomotives take care of peak hour service when the extra capaci...

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