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by tmart
May 31st, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46581

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: 709
Views: 54544

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: 709
Views: 54544

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: 14306

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: 4715

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: 4715

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: 51735

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...
by tmart
March 6th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31356

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

As a general aBRT thought, opening a new line every 3 years isn't that slow of a pace, as much as we like to whine around here. That's actually pretty good, in the abstract. The real problem is that we didn't open the first one until 2016, after studying aBRT in 2011. Getting a new aBRT line every ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: Montreal

Apart from the quarry at the beginning, the real interesting bits (IMO) are around the 53 and 56 minute marks--we have lots of narrow streets, and so some creativity was needed. It's not sufficient just to push the snow to the side; it really needs to be removed--hence the machines that suck up the ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 722
Views: 86305

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Anyway, since this post is getting long, I'll just finish by saying there's also a companion Senate bill now, SF 1892. Since the MN Senate is still Republican-controlled, it would be good to contact state senators to push for that to be adopted. (The senator who introduced it is a Republican, Jerry...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76778

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

That's encouraging to hear, but I'd like to see more explicit planning and documentation of why this alignment is being chosen for all these routes, what kind of future improvements are possible, how stations are being designed to support all these various services, etc. This is important work that ...
by tmart
March 1st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76778

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Completely agreed on all counts. I'm cautiously optimistic that the shared ROW segment (if any) will be brief and convertible to proper LRT in the future. One thing that increasingly concerns me (and now I'm going to be the broken record) is the lack of a coherent transit plan for Downtown St. Paul....
by tmart
February 26th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 55158

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I'm not opposed to the pattern you described, Multimodal, but I would like to see future big investments tied to more concrete expectations about density and development, such as minimum zoning within a certain radius of stations. I think the part of the Blue Line in Bloomington is all the proof we ...
by tmart
February 15th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 722
Views: 86305

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: 586
Views: 73967

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: 586
Views: 73967

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: 390
Views: 55158

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: 25619

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: 25619

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: 25619

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...

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