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by tmart
May 2nd, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 26440

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Not to say that it wouldn't be useful, but doing something on Selby has much more significant impacts than on the others: A 12' cycle track, a 3' curb buffer, an 11' travel lane, and an 18' travel/parking lane seems more than adequate and consistent with city width guidelines (and even leaves a cou...
by tmart
April 30th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 26440

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Not to say that it wouldn't be useful, but doing something on Selby has much more significant impacts than on the others: - Selby is 46' (ish) curb to curb, so on 3-lane sections a cycletrack means removing both sides of parking in a busy commercial district - The trail comes out on the north side ...
by tmart
April 29th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 26440

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I think there are real opportunities for bike improvements on Jefferson, St. Clair, Grand (to connect to Summit), and Hamline. This part of Hamline in particular is part of the city/county 4-3 study. Selby is probably the least likely/most difficult to make improvements on. Any of those would be pr...
by tmart
April 29th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 26440

Re: Ayd Mill Road

There will be trail spurs at each ramp (Jefferson, St. Clair, Grand, Hamline, Selby) connecting the trail up to the surface. But there is a need for more work to make those streets comfortable when you're up there. Yeah, as much as I think better (and more frequent) connections on/off the new trail...
by tmart
April 26th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 61380

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

The abundant green of the Midtown Greenway trench isn't an incidental quality, it's key to the success of the trail as a recreational amenity and intimately connected to its appeal as a commuting option. You can see that in the very different use that a trail like the Hiawatha trail. Sometimes ther...
by tmart
April 24th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 61380

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

My 2¢: I think our collective vocabulary around historical preservation is pretty lacking and it shows in discussions like this one. Our laws and processes and organizations are very good at protecting specific structures and encasing them in amber. They're much worse and finding graceful ways for n...
by tmart
April 23rd, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I do not disagree with this, and that is why I would prefer to be as precise as possible with terms. Because the distinction between dedicated ROW and non-dedicated ROW is one of the most important that exists for any transit service, it's a natural place to draw a line. It is true that San Francis...
by tmart
April 21st, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 109
Views: 13258

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

Ultimately even a heavily spoke-based or trunk-based system benefits enormously from having feeder lines serving its stations--and feeder lines need to be relatively high-frequency or else you lose the benefits of the trunk line frequency. And a system built in this way ends up looking a fair amount...
by tmart
April 21st, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

If we really want light rail on the Nicollet-Central Corridor there will need to be grade-separation for a large portion of the route. We’ll see what happens with West 7th and Riverview LRT but I think after that there won’t be enough political and public willingness for another light rail line on ...
by tmart
April 21st, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Let's try to be clear about terms. If it runs entirely in an exclusive right-of-way, it's light rail, not a streetcar. Tbh the terms themselves aren't that clear. There's a spectrum from the most "streetcar-like" (runs in mixed-traffic; small, single-car vehicles; street- or curb-level step-up boar...
by tmart
April 17th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4541
Views: 434677

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Just curious if anyone's seen any documents or plans around how bus service will change when this thing finally opens. I'm hoping we'll see high-frequency feeder buses serving the stops in St. Louis Park and Hopkins, but that area is not at all conducive to direct routes because of highways, railroa...
by tmart
March 5th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I am not optimistic about the city's seriousness about the climate emergency. Well, unlike so many of the city's problems on this front (interstates, county/state roads, etc.) they really have nothing holding them back this time. They own the land and have no obligation to preserve anything on the ...
by tmart
March 5th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I'm pessimistic, but open to being proven wrong, about the reopening. I think an extended Mall from the River to Lake St. would be an enormous asset to the city and a concrete commitment to their goals around Complete Streets and VMT reduction goals. But I also think that, if they had any appetite t...
by tmart
February 28th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 96513

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

LRT/streetcar have some real benefits; the biggest one is capacity, but also public trust, navigability, lack of detours, rider comfort, effectiveness in snow, etc. Many of these benefits disappear if you ask a transit consultant to model your network with graph theory and then optimize the graph fo...
by tmart
February 18th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 131715

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Note that Broadway is in fact less than 80' in width for a critical stretch, and also that you've cut the street section where there isn't a station. And the magical thinking that you can have a 10' drive lane smacked right up against the curb without accounting for the gutter and snow storage is a...
by tmart
November 25th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 203
Views: 39728

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: 584
Views: 61380

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: 584
Views: 61380

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: 584
Views: 61380

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: 61438

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 ...

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