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by tmart
March 6th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31066

Re: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus

As a general aBRT thought, opening a new line every 3 years isn't that slow of a pace, as much as we like to whine around here. That's actually pretty good, in the abstract. The real problem is that we didn't open the first one until 2016, after studying aBRT in 2011. Getting a new aBRT line every ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: Montreal

Apart from the quarry at the beginning, the real interesting bits (IMO) are around the 53 and 56 minute marks--we have lots of narrow streets, and so some creativity was needed. It's not sufficient just to push the snow to the side; it really needs to be removed--hence the machines that suck up the ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 718
Views: 84497

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Anyway, since this post is getting long, I'll just finish by saying there's also a companion Senate bill now, SF 1892. Since the MN Senate is still Republican-controlled, it would be good to contact state senators to push for that to be adopted. (The senator who introduced it is a Republican, Jerry...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 806
Views: 75249

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

That's encouraging to hear, but I'd like to see more explicit planning and documentation of why this alignment is being chosen for all these routes, what kind of future improvements are possible, how stations are being designed to support all these various services, etc. This is important work that ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 806
Views: 75249

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Completely agreed on all counts. I'm cautiously optimistic that the shared ROW segment (if any) will be brief and convertible to proper LRT in the future. 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....
by tmart
February 26th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 54773

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 tmart
February 15th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 718
Views: 84497

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

We've discussed this before, but I am hugely skeptical that non-commuter hour trains would ever have the ridership to justify running a diesel locomotive. If the reason to run trains to regional centers is to reduce carbon emissions, then running a mostly empty trainset does not make sense. Or are ...
by tmart
February 15th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73447

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

The original plan was bad and the new plan is bad. Of course a district made up strictly of high-rise office is not economically resilient. But why pivot to residential if you have no plans to actually create neighborhoods? Who wants to live in a condo in the HealthPartners parking lot? Do they real...
by tmart
February 15th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73447

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

The Mall has always had the official stance that commuters cannot use their massive parking garage and should instead go to 28th. I assume the station was a demand or bargaining chip in dealing with the Mall folks. (This is, of course, dumb; reusing the staggering amount of parking at the Mall would...
by tmart
February 9th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 54773

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

Strib article on the subject: http://www.startribune.com/maplewood-co ... 505575742/

Bonus points to 3M for having "security concerns" about connecting a hundred suburban houses to their basically-private bus stop.
by tmart
February 5th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25405

Re: Interstate 94

In my experience, getting off a congested interstate to try to save time on city streets is almost always a losing proposition. Getting off the interstate, perhaps--because a ton of time gets eaten up on on/off-ramps, and getting to/from whatever other arterial street you end up using. What about n...
by tmart
February 5th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25405

Re: Interstate 94

And I don't know. Way more of my colleagues than you would expect walk or bike to work and probably close to all the support staff use transit. Yeah, lots of suburban express buses, but still. How about non-commuting trips? Obviously commuting is a huge portion of our VMT, but our transit network a...
by tmart
February 5th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25405

Re: Interstate 94

I agree that reducing travel distances for common tasks and appointments is super important moving forward, but in many ways that's more of a land use question than a transportation one. I was super disappointed with the 2040 plan in terms of land use, because it still has huge services deserts wher...
by tmart
February 1st, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25405

Re: Interstate 94

The slide on travel patterns is interesting. Given that trips are short, including many downtown-to-downtown, and drivers have a strong preference for other routes when using as a bypass, it seems like a grade-separated motorway is pretty poorly-suited to the corridor and isn't very successful in i...
by tmart
January 31st, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25405

Re: Interstate 94

The slide on travel patterns is interesting. Given that trips are short, including many downtown-to-downtown, and drivers have a strong preference for other routes when using as a bypass, it seems like a grade-separated motorway is pretty poorly-suited to the corridor and isn't very successful in it...
by tmart
January 11th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 61
Views: 4211

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

For as much praise as the City has rightly gotten for their work on housing, they deserve way more flack for having no spine or direction on transportation. It's astonishing to see them pass a Complete Streets policy and then routinely fail to take even baby steps to prioritize non-SOV users, like a...
by tmart
January 6th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13897

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

"The Northstar Effect" is pretty simple: if you build 80% of a line connecting two major nodes, you don't get 80% of the ridership between them. If we built out Dan Patch but just terminated in a field in the middle of Lakeville instead of in Northfield, it would likewise fail. I also think Dan Patc...
by tmart
January 5th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 119
Views: 13897

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

House should be relatively easy unless things get hung up in committee as they sometimes do. I assume Walz will be onboard as well. Senate is much trickier, given the GOP has a 2 seat majority (will be 1 or 3 after the special election in February). Assuming it's a 1 seat margin again, the question ...
by tmart
January 4th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: San Francisco
Replies: 39
Views: 7514

Re: San Francisco

Single tube, with the two tracks stacked vertically instead of laid out side by site with the station platform in the center. Yup. In particular, building the platforms inside the bore significantly reduces costs and disruption from excavation for stations, and gives the option of building deeper s...
by tmart
January 4th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: San Francisco
Replies: 39
Views: 7514

Re: San Francisco

It looks like the BART extension to San Jose will be using a Barcelona-style single-bore tunnel. I think this is the first time it will be attempted in North America, which is super cool. More proven options in the playbook for addressing some of the typical concerns around subways would be a great ...

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