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by tmart
August 2nd, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

Minneapolis has an exclusive contract with Nice Ride through Aug 1, 2021, as I read it. Though I am not a contract lawyer, or even someone who knows anything about it. https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/File/1044/Contract%20with%20Nice%20Ride%20REVISED%20RCA.pdf Some noteworthy pieces from the...
by tmart
August 1st, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 139
Views: 21602

Re: Interstate 94

Love the idea of creating better connections and caps. But I wish we'd put a greater focus on transit; it barely appears in that document at all, and even then only in a throwaway reference to mixed-traffic MnPass lanes. I guess it's a pipe dream or whatever because there's just too much backlash an...
by tmart
July 26th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 13589

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Finally some substantive polls! (You'll have to click some links on that page to get to the full data PDFs.) Likely DFL Primary Voters: Swanson - 28 Walz - 27 Murphy - 13 Undecided - 32 Likely GOP Primary Voters: Pawlenty - 49 Johnson - 34 Undecided - 16 Registered Voters: Walz - 51 Pawlenty - 40 R...
by tmart
July 25th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 73
Views: 5719

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

IMO it's one of the benefits of the fourplex plan that it's more accessible to individual homeowners/small developers and not on the radar of the giants. That diversification of ownership would be a meaningful response to the concern that urban growth has mostly financially enriched giant developers...
by tmart
July 25th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 479
Views: 38728

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I don't have a problem with Elon when he stays in his lane. Even if Tesla goes underwater in two years, they've still accelerated the broader transition away from fossil fuels, and that's an unqualified good thing. But building a car, or a car company, doesn't make you qualified to talk about infras...
by tmart
July 23rd, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 73
Views: 5719

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I think it was a sincere goal because the built form map is still quite restrictive in many of the areas that are getting their undies in a bunch about fourplexes. I imagine the plan was to say, yes, we're getting rid of the restrictions on multiple units, but the 2.5 story limit and other such rest...
by tmart
July 22nd, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 73
Views: 5719

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

http://www.startribune.com/feeling-the-heat-minneapolis-council-members-say-2040-plan-must-change/488810061/ Sure not feeling optimistic about this thing after seeing some of the council react to the public feedback. Sounds like the NIMBYs and wealthy homeowners have complained the loudest and will ...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

Do you mean the responsibility is on the company creating the shareable product, or on the company engineering and building cities? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk The "bike share system" in this case is a combination of factors under the bike share company's control (number of bikes, number of ...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9373

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

Two things that seem to contradict the "cities and counties are helpless without the state" narrative: - Hennepin County recently started collecting an additional 0.005% sales tax that can be used for transit. - Hennepin County recently started collecting a $20/car/year wheelage tax that can be use...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

And I was recently in Seattle, and found that they were littering sidewalks like people fear. So, [shrugs]. Education is key here, because these should be completely dockless. It really helps with the first mile and last mile problem. And putting restrictions on it to designated zones would defeat ...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9373

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

Unfortunately the city has limited, enumerated opportunities to generate revenue while the state has pretty much carte blanche. More transit money doesn't flow into the county coffers without the state passing laws. Whether or not this is the right way to do things is another discussion, but I don't...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

Wouldn't the solution to "dockless" problems be to have virtual docks as corrals in the street itself? Replace one car space with 10+ bike spaces. So basically a docked system minus the kiosk and the bays that lock the bike up. Not a bad idea by any means. It sort of shifts the cost from the kiosks...
by tmart
July 9th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

Fair enough. It's just very odd for me to reckon with, since the same provider (PBSC, who own Nice Ride) operate a very successful and extensive docked system here in Montreal (their home city), and have turned their finances around to a surplus (granted, that's after a modest public subsidy). I kno...
by tmart
July 9th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

I would totally be OK if they didn’t use the Dockless system. the problem with the dock systems is that it cost so much to install the docking bays. Is that true, though? From this case study in DC it looks like the docks were about $37k per station (a group of bays, not an individual bay) which se...
by tmart
July 9th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Underground Rail
Replies: 81
Views: 8088

Re: Twin Cities Underground Rail

At this point, I'd argue that a north-south bus tunnel would be far more useful than a rail tunnel. Seattle has a tunnel that accommodates both: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Seattle_Transit_Tunnel Granted, they're going to be removing bus service and turning it into a rail-only tunnel, bu...
by tmart
July 9th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 229
Views: 24146

Re: Bike Share

I agree that bike infrastructure generally will be great for SWLRT, and especially bike share. That said, I don't see why it needs to be dockless. I'm quite sour on the idea in general, but transit stations in particular are sort of the ideal use case for docked bike share--you have loads of car-fre...
by tmart
July 9th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Underground Rail
Replies: 81
Views: 8088

Re: Twin Cities Underground Rail

IMO there are a couple places where targeted investments in tunnels (or other grade-separation) would intrigue me: North-to-South across downtown Minneapolis. A corridor through South (probably Nicollet but Hennepin or Chicago would be viable candidates depending on network design), probably termina...
by tmart
July 6th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9373

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

It would serve a desperate need for a high capacity north-south route through dense, transit dependent communities... So dense. In that view you linked I see multifamily housing, small lots, and even a corner store. It ain't Brooklyn, but for Minnesota it's quite urban. Not arguing that it's the mo...
by tmart
July 6th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9373

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

Move the D Line to Cedar and build a full subway on Chicago/Fremont instead. Well no one here is gonna disagree with that :lol: And here's another rough paragraph from the story: Metro Transit’s Route 5, which links Brooklyn Center to the Mall of America through north, south and downtown Minneapoli...
by tmart
July 5th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9373

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

But a planned upgrade to more-efficient and comfortable rapid bus service called the D Line — offering a light-rail passenger experience for a fraction of the cost — is uncertain after the $75 million project failed to secure $35 million from the Legislature this year. Strongly dislike this descrip...

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