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by tmart
February 15th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 711
Views: 83199

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: 582
Views: 71496

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: 582
Views: 71496

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: 383
Views: 52928

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: 24652

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: 24652

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: 24652

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: 24652

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: 24652

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: 60
Views: 3797

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: 113
Views: 12969

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: 113
Views: 12969

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: 7413

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: 7413

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 ...
by tmart
December 30th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2209
Views: 205066

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Purple is a nice color that's not used a lot, looks great, and reflects our most popular sports team and our most famous cultural figure. I wouldn't rename the Blue or Green Lines, especially since people are used to them by now, but I think it'd be cool to see a Purple Line sooner rather than later...
by tmart
December 26th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 187
Views: 16826

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Is it needed? I certainly wouldn't say no to good policy, but it's probably not as urgent in Philly as it is in cities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Austin, or even Minneapolis. San Francisco is hard because the city proper is already at or above the density in question, pretty much everyw...
by tmart
December 21st, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 41
Views: 2764

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I'm not the only one with that opinion about Northstar, but I've definitely shared it here before. It's a really good brand for intrastate/regional/commuter type rail, but makes more sense as the name of a system than as the name of a line. Once we get more than one or maybe two lines, it just becom...
by tmart
December 19th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 41
Views: 2764

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 tmart
December 18th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

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

Perhaps it would be worth reaching out to the project coordinator for one/both of SWLRT and Midtown about what the plans are for how these projects will interact?

IIRC with the Orange Line we got some helpful responses.
by tmart
December 14th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

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...

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