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by tmart
November 25th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 199
Views: 27875

Re: Fantasy maps

As much as I would love to see this concept implemented myself, the US regulations are not really tram-train friendly, as safety is mostly regulated by (i) temporal and spatial separation between FRA-compliant equipment and non-compliant ones, and by (ii) equipment crashworthiness standards. That m...
by tmart
October 28th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 570
Views: 54332

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

This is so good. My only qualm with the preferred alternative map is that it doesn't show a future connection with the C Line at Cedar. I had the same thought that the C Line was missing, and in my head there was a C Line extension planned that would run south of Downtown, but looking around now I ...
by tmart
October 25th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 570
Views: 54332

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

I feel like the mismatch in ridership is going to be a long term problem for the line. The core of the old 21, from Hiawatha west, has very heavy ridership, and it drops off a ton after that point. Their solution, to maintain the legacy 21 on the core route, means that the aBRT buses will just end ...
by tmart
October 25th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 570
Views: 54332

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

This thing is going to have phenomenal ridership. Super legible and direct, tons of destinations and density--and so many transfers! It links the Green Line, E Line, Orange Line, D Line, Blue Line, A Line, the downtown St. Paul bus corridor, and SPUD. I'm pretty confident that by 2025 (assuming thin...
by tmart
October 23rd, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 58577

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

True intercity rail benefits people going both ways, at various points along the corridor. Rochester specifically, being a medical destination in its own right, is probably the strongest case for this, but it's still not self evident - it needs to be developed. Couldn't you achieve some of this by ...
by tmart
October 19th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rochester Transit Line
Replies: 20
Views: 3069

Re: Rochester Transit Line

Given our state's famously flexible definition of "BRT", I'm very curious to see what this ends up actually being. It would be quite the feat if Rochester managed to get, say, dedicated, physically-separated, center-running bus lanes before Minneapolis or St. Paul got them.
by tmart
October 15th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 58577

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

I honestly think connecting Northstar to St. Cloud as a commuter line would be a better example to show, but looks like NLE is closer to actually happening. My gut says that, if either happens, they probably both will, and probably within a few years of each other. Maybe there's a virtuous cycle wh...
by tmart
October 15th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 140
Views: 20126

Re: Mall of America Transit Station

I guess I'm preaching to the choir here but I totally agree that the reconstruction should have been an opportunity to rethink the placement of the station, and that Lindau is a much more natural location for a variety of reasons. The most compelling, IMO, is that just escaping Bloomington can be ~7...
by tmart
October 15th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 199
Views: 27875

Re: Fantasy maps

Map of options for realigned regional rail routes through Minneapolis and stations. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TMfRWxkwixEs94KNU5YbfKjvpam32zKP&usp=sharing Interesting! Re: the max build option, I think if we were gonna open up the tunneling options I'd prefer to use the time and money on tr...
by tmart
October 9th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 58577

Re: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail

I wouldn't be surprised if there'd been some Koch brothers influence with this, especially considering there's a Koch (Flint Hills) refinery right on Hwy 52. I was briefly on a Community Advisory Committee for Zip Rail, but it got heavily loaded with people from the Cannon Falls area rather than pe...
by tmart
October 1st, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9951

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

It's a bit of a complex route, but the rationale does make sense and it hopefully will still be fairly straightforward to navigate with the exception of the segment between France and Hennepin. Hopefully they have a concrete plan to keep the buses moving through that section smoothly, because that's...
by tmart
July 8th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bus Destination Signage
Replies: 11
Views: 1203

Re: Bus Destination Signage

Here in Montreal, the STM bus routes are named for the principal streets they serve, rather than for their destinations. For example, the 80 bus will always say "80 Av. du Parc" and the 55 bus will always "55 Boul. Saint-Laurent". In a sense this is less sophisticated, but I find it far easier to na...
by tmart
June 25th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1023
Views: 115575

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

My 2¢ is that the project was never really designed around providing service to Northsiders, and the fact that some of the stops will sorta serve them is largely a side-effect. If I wanted to design a line to shuttle suburban commuters from the northwest to downtown while minimizing their contact wi...
by tmart
May 31st, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 570
Views: 54332

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

I'd like to see us be a bit more forward-thinking in our designs than we have historically been, and leave the door open to eventually extending down Lake and into St. Paul, even if it doesn't seem super politically feasible in the immediate future. I think the strongest corridors are East Lake and ...
by tmart
May 27th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 57541

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Continued evidence of bad faith concern trolling by the “bus instead of LRT” GOP leadership. They only want regular fixed route service, anything more than that they could care less. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I don't see any evidence they want even that. Given the events of the past few ye...
by tmart
May 24th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 57541

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Here's the transportation funding bill that came out of the special session. AFAICT there's no funding for transit expansions except Northstar. Not terribly surprising, but deeply embarrassing and disappointing nonetheless.
by tmart
May 21st, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 159
Views: 15585

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

You're right. Still, you could design the street section in such a way that this wasn't the case. And I suspect that it's a detail that even those who've been paying attention may not have fully understood, and one that might make a lot of people (present company of course excluded) upset when they...
by tmart
April 24th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 69
Views: 5404

Re: Labeling the Transit System

In theory BRT like the Orange Line and LRT are supposed to be "rapid transit" and are meant for traveling greater distances, while aBRT is meant to be an improved alternative to local buses. In practice it's a distinction without a difference. You could call the A Line the Mauve Line or call the Red...
by tmart
April 24th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 69
Views: 5404

Re: Labeling the Transit System

The ABRT stop labeling is also pretty absurd. It's probably important to know that the A Line is on Snelling, or the D Line on Chicago, but "Chicago & 34th St" next to "Chicago and 38th St" next to "Chicago & 42nd St" etc. is way too much. It's as though Blue Line stations were "Hiawatha & Lake" an...
by tmart
April 23rd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 53410

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Given a finite pot of transit funds, I just don't think I'd prioritize spending on these outlying crosstown routes. I'm sure there's some degree of chicken and egg thing happening here, and I know people love the idea of building out a non-centralized transit system, but... most people still want t...

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