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by tmart
June 14th, 2018, 6:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 832
Views: 71272

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I think the truth on streetcars is somewhat more positive than transit wonks make it out to be, even if the drawbacks (namely, capital cost) are real. They're not bad transit. They're equally fast as a bus, can have higher capacity, can be run carbon-free, and have lower operating costs. They also o...
by tmart
June 10th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 717
Views: 73179

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

DanPatchToget wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Wonder if it would be better if some of the express routes were detoured onto Hiawatha Avenue instead? Isn't there a shoulder they can use in case traffic is really bad?
If we're going as far as a detour to Hiawatha, maybe it makes more sense to divert passengers to the Blue Line instead?
by tmart
June 6th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Yeah, the jist of this I agree with. (I don't know why Elon needs to come into this--we've been able to put rails and roads underground for a century and we simply lack the motivation.) Like it or not, outside of the cities and the first-tier suburbs, our development happened around these freeways, ...
by tmart
June 1st, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 94
Views: 10027

Re: U.S. Highway 169

I mean, I'm open to the argument that (given the starvation budget and minimal political will we have for transit) making targeted, incremental improvements to regular bus service is a better use of resources. That's just a different argument from the claim that "actually this is the same as rapid t...
by tmart
June 1st, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 94
Views: 10027

Re: U.S. Highway 169

The Orange Line will be LRT on rubber tires for about 6 miles , with 2 stops along that section. Not nothing (that is the length of Midtown LRT if it went from River to West Lake), but not that great either (imagine if Midtown only had two stops, at Lyndale and Hiawatha, and bicycles could use the ...
by tmart
June 1st, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 94
Views: 10027

Re: U.S. Highway 169

FYI mixed-traffic lanes with restrictions do not qualify for the BRT standard. We have other deficiencies like station alignment, presence of non-proof-of-purchase routes using the same stations, lack of physical barriers from other traffic, and really a host of other issues. Here's the standard if ...
by tmart
June 1st, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 94
Views: 10027

Re: U.S. Highway 169

It's a shame the people who developed the BRT standard didn't/couldn't trademark the term and get injunctions against people using it to describe projects like this...and, well, basically everything we've done or planned except the Gold Line.
by tmart
May 31st, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

So now it basically comes down to the track usage hearings/negotiations and the NIMBY appeal?
by tmart
May 31st, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

394 was included in the highway BRT study a few years ago. 2013 cost was estimated at $47m, which is a bargain compared to the cost of LRT here. The reason it was estimated so cheaply is because MNDOT views BRT as "any bus with expensive shelters and an abstract route map." The studied plan had $0 ...
by tmart
May 31st, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The median-located BART stations were totally fine when I used to take it. They did a great job on designing the stations to be real enclosed buildings just like any other station. They're not super walkable locations, true, but they're pretty busy even if they are park-and-rides. It does have its d...
by tmart
May 30th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Metro Transit's urban bus service
Replies: 119
Views: 7774

Re: Improving Metro Transit's urban bus service

So basically, it's aBRT minus off-board fare payment, nicer vehicles, and 3 years of planning and environmental reviews?
by tmart
May 24th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 249
Views: 27591

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

I also disagree with the study's use of deaths per vehicle mile. Car trips are generally longer than bus trips, and buses carry more passengers than cars.
Yeah, I imagine those numbers would look dramatically different per-passenger-mile than per-vehicle-mile.
by tmart
May 21st, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 25989

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Is this something the county and/or city could fund?
by tmart
May 18th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

When and how did it become conventional wisdom that any project involving any tunnel, anywhere in the state, now or in the future is complete fantasy and a waste of breath? I get that, like, a tunnel to Wayzata isn’t going to happen. But it would be a legitimate mode choice for some targeted stretch...
by tmart
May 18th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

My question: why do Hennepin County Board members tolerate a process designed to have abundant opportunities to drag out every step so that costs will rise? What exactly are they tolerating? It's not like they can change how Surface Transportation Board reviews, or FTA approvals, or federal appeals...
by tmart
May 17th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Southwest LRT makes a heavily pedestrian/transit focused Hennepin Ave redo more likely. I never thought of it this way, it is a great point. I am in the camp of Minneapolis, outside of the CBD, has plenty of surface ROW to make an excellent transit system. People lament the fact that there isn't po...
by tmart
May 17th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

phop or mplsjaromir, could you be a bit more specific about the connection between the two?
by tmart
May 15th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Is it, uh, too late to... 1. Eliminate 21st St Station 2. Single track the LRT between West Lake and Penn Ave 3. Not do the shallow tunnel, but instead run a single track of LRT next to a single track of freight 4. Save piles and piles of money? 2 billion is still relatively cheap for 14.5 miles of...
by tmart
May 15th, 2018, 1:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353768

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Hopefully this means they're actually accepting a bid and we can put shovels in the ground. Sunk Cost Fallacy only applies if you think (a) we could somehow still build the Uptown route even after spending all this money on design and engineering and federal approvals and fighting all these politica...
by tmart
May 11th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 25989

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Well, if aBRT takes cars off the road, they could calculate the CO2 and PM2.5 that's being averted and make a legitimate argument that it's preserving the air, land, and wildlife. This would involve acknowledging that climate change is a real thing, so it would be fun to watch the 2018 GOP try and m...

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