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by tmart
December 14th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 463
Views: 39801

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

I guess the point is, it's pretty clear that it's not going to integrate meaningfully, and while we can turn every thread into a discussion of how transit planning by corridor in the Twin Cities fails to consider expansion and integration, there's only so much to be said on the topic and seemingly l...
by tmart
December 12th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 463
Views: 39801

Re: Midtown Greenway

I'm not saying the city can get it done on their own; I'm saying they can probably more effectively advocate for the project with the people who can. Why would the Met Council--who are constantly under siege from exurbanites angry about the fact that Minneapolis exists--push hard for a project that ...
by tmart
December 12th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 463
Views: 39801

Re: Midtown Greenway

Yes, the major obstacles being: 1. How do you interface with the Blue Line and continue east of Hiawatha? The Greenway curves northeast at Cedar, crossing Hiawatha at 28th St, but hitting the Midtown-Lake Street station would be critical for transfers and for Midtown ridership. 2. East of Hiawatha,...
by tmart
December 12th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 189
Views: 16818

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

That said, I have to imagine this is one of those things where demand will hit a critical mass that will allow us to produce batteries cheaper and more environmentally friendly in the future. Certainly our current climate change plans, to the extent that we have them, are gambling quite a bit on th...
by tmart
December 11th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 371027

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Do the ABC ramps become a stop on downtown streetcar lines/loop (other than blue/green lines)? A place with plentiful rental bikes, ebikes, escooters, etc.? I’m guessing someone who drives downtown rather than taking the Blue or Green lines probably won’t hop on transit once they get down there. On...
by tmart
December 10th, 2018, 11:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15239

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Back in the day, people might convert their house into a duplex after the kids moved away, or started a business by adding on to the front of the house to meet up with the sidewalk. Is that allowed anywhere in Mpls? I'm not ready to categorically say nowhere in Minneapolis allows this, but even the...
by tmart
December 10th, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 371027

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I think a great transit solution for the 394 corridor is a prerequisite to getting rid of the ABC ramps. (Maybe they're even mutually inclusive.) For better or worse, the main artery into downtown from the West is pretty slickly integrated into those ramps. In terms of land use and redevelopment, I ...
by tmart
December 10th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15239

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I mean, I think one of the real wins of the plan is that the biggest opportunity for housing growth is not from investors and developers, but hopefully homeowners converting/expanding their properties and becoming live-in landlords. As you said, we aren't seeing the people who usually murmur about d...
by tmart
December 10th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15239

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Yeah that took a nasty turn within the first few (non-quote) paragraphs. Yikes. Anyone see any responses on the "2040 plan doesn't go far enough" side? So far Councilmember Johnson's blog is the only official comment I've seen that even acknowledges that there were critiques beyond the Red Sign Brig...
by tmart
December 10th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 189
Views: 16818

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Dedicated lanes also solve the problem of maneuvering around traffic :D I do agree that it would be silly to build one trolleybus line. My point is simply that, if we're planning on buying lots of electric buses for strictly environmental reasons, we would be better served widely adopting a mode tha...
by tmart
December 8th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 189
Views: 16818

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

It is significantly more expensive to build overhead lines than to not build them, yes. I don't know exact costs for traction lines vs the normal power lines I work with, but I would expect a little more than a million dollars a mile, once the additional traction substations and power grid upgrades...
by tmart
December 8th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 189
Views: 16818

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Battery vehicles are a huge step up over diesel, but they don't seem quite ready for fleetwide deployment in lots of ways--both because of the operational issues mentioned above, and because of range and usage limitations. It's great that we're giving them a preliminary try now, though. They also ar...
by tmart
December 6th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15239

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I'm confused why he blocked the vote; I feel like there's no reason he can't review or require modifications to the plan after they vote on it or even after they submit it to the Met Council. And obviously there are more reviews and analyses that will happen once the Council get their hands on it. I...
by tmart
December 5th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 371027

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

This is a great point... I hadn't thought about this but this is the first line that is suburban commuting vs. inter urban... "Urban" is a pretty generous description of South Minneapolis. A lot of the Hiawatha Line runs through places we'd think of as streetcar suburbs if they weren't inside the M...
by tmart
December 5th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Valley regional rail (Shakopee, Mankato, beyond)
Replies: 55
Views: 6661

Re: Minnesota Valley regional rail (Shakopee, Mankato, beyond)

Respect the hustle :lol: It's not *so* crazy to think that, say, someone driving up from Mankato for a Twins game would drop their car at Southwest Station, or that a Mankato-SW express bus would be a decent stopgap, so I guess I can see the point of the article. I don't really see LRT as super rela...
by tmart
December 4th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 371027

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Tcmetro wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 2:32 am
Table 5-2 in the document you linked has the station by station breakdown.
Hmm, seeing it broken down that way makes me suspect that these might not be including time at stations, which could add pretty significantly to the total trip.
by tmart
December 4th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 371027

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The estimated end-to-end travel time is just under 32 minutes [1], though I haven't had any luck finding documents that break that down by station.
by tmart
November 29th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 53
Views: 2867

Re: E Line ABRT

One thing that concerns me about some of these extensions (and that I like about the Excelsior-France alignment that sadly isn't being considered) is that it diverges from the good route design that the other aBRT routes have prioritized. Running in straight lines along small numbers of streets is o...
by tmart
November 29th, 2018, 12:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 773
Views: 80789

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

Nick often frames it from the perspective that transit money is pretty much a pie of a not-too-flexible size. Its focus needs to be moving the most people per dollar. $2B for SWLRT literally diverts money away from improving dozens of transit lines serving neighborhoods proven to have transit deman...
by tmart
November 28th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 773
Views: 80789

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

He’s the Mayoral Representative on the Minneapolis Planning Commission. He has also written posts on the streets.mn main page. These types of hot takes aren’t out of character for him, though usually it’s “this thing is bad and we shouldn’t do it.” I’m not one to lash out too much at people being fa...

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