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by Tcmetro
July 27th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 811
Views: 100606

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

There was originally supposed to be connecting bus plans published for public hearing this spring. That was withdrawn, and I haven't seen anything since. I would imagine the Lake St and 494 projects are still underway. The other stations would probably be able to be built next year and still meet th...
by Tcmetro
July 16th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4586
Views: 442142

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

My mind immediately goes to Jacob Wetterling case which I remember seeing all the time on the news growing up in the late 90s and 2000s. But that was in St Joseph (near St Cloud), not St Michael.
by Tcmetro
July 15th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4586
Views: 442142

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Generally people are willing to commute up to 30 minutes for work. People usually will commute longer if the pay is good or if they don't have to make the commute everyday. Generally lower paid jobs mean people will not commute as far, but low-income transit commuters often have lengthy commutes. Tr...
by Tcmetro
July 10th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4586
Views: 442142

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

There's pretty extensive grade separation on the SW LRT line. Removing the rest probably wouldn't have significant impacts on the operations of the lines. The other lines would benefit from some grade separation though. I think the 46th/Hiawatha and the University/Snelling intersections would be nic...
by Tcmetro
July 10th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2401
Views: 278576

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

I've not seen this before, an internship to clean bus stations and do landscaping work. Looks like they are targeting high schoolers that have cars, as the work site doesn't have a bus line.

https://www.mvta.com/cms-files/transitf ... 072020.pdf
by Tcmetro
July 8th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4586
Views: 442142

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Looks like if a regular fare is charged, then the rules don't apply. Still leaves the question about the logic of subsidizing special bus routes.

https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations ... ulations-0
by Tcmetro
July 8th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4586
Views: 442142

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Public transit carriers cannot operate special services (like football express buses) without first advertising the opportunity for private operators to operate a comparable service. Additionally, if running a special service is not profitable, I do not think it's a worthy endeavor. Metro Transit ha...
by Tcmetro
June 16th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 832
Views: 92357

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

NSP was the local electricity provider that merged with several others in 1998 to form Xcel.
by Tcmetro
June 16th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 33
Views: 10297

Re: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment

Annoying to see another six story project. The street engagement is pretty nice, though. Looking forward to this coming to fruition.
by Tcmetro
June 12th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 277
Views: 47727

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Love to see it!
by Tcmetro
June 7th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2401
Views: 278576

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

I don't know if the 494 Prime is a good idea. It seems like public transit works so poorly in the corridor that they have to imitate Uber/Lyft but only stop at some job centers. I think it needs to be thought out a little more, it looks like it fails to access residential areas well. From what I und...
by Tcmetro
June 7th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1611
Views: 162247

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

The UP Rail overpass is near Lone Oak Rd. This fills the gap in the MN River trail between Lone Oak Rd and Nicols Rd.
by Tcmetro
June 6th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1611
Views: 162247

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

There's a ton of bike projects seeking money in the Metropolitan Council's Regional Solicitation. Will be interesting to see what actually gets funded. https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Planning-2/Transportation-Funding/Regional-Solicitation-NEW/Results-of-Solicitations/2018-Applications-(1).a...
by Tcmetro
June 6th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1024
Views: 154192

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Metropolitan Council's 2020 Regional Solicitation applications have been published. A lot of road projects seeking money. https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Planning-2/Transportation-Funding/Regional-Solicitation-NEW/Results-of-Solicitations/2018-Applications-(1).aspx?source=child Roadway Strat...
by Tcmetro
June 6th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2401
Views: 278576

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Metropolitan Council has posted the applications for the 2020 Regional Solicitation online. These projects will be scored and only a select few will be funded. Evaluations of proposals should start soon, as the application period has closed. https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Planning-2/Transpo...
by Tcmetro
June 5th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2401
Views: 278576

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Metro Transit is going to be adding some service back next Saturday, 6/13/2020. https://www.metrotransit.org/minor-service-adjustments-begin-saturday-june-13 Buses trips restored before 4:30 am and after 11 pm. Light Rail (METRO Blue/Green Lines) to continue to operate every 20 minutes from 6 am to ...
by Tcmetro
June 4th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 189
Views: 28908

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

This leaves JCPenney with five stores in the Twin Cities: Burnsville Center, Ridgedale, Rosedale, Maplewood Mall, and Tamarack Village.

This is good news for Burnsville Center and Maplewood Mall which would be in really rough shape if they lost another anchor.
by Tcmetro
May 14th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 95
Views: 21719

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

There's a more detailed design in the redevelopment vision study that shows the ped tunnel not requiring takes of any existing buildings. I think the ped tunnel is useful regardless of regional connection or not. Crossing 42 on foot now sucks, but a tunnel shouldn't be used as a mitigation technique...
by Tcmetro
May 12th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 95
Views: 21719

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Burnsville has conducted a traffic study for CR 42 between Burnhaven Dr and I-35E. They're projecting a doubling in traffic from a redevelopment of the Burnsville Center (may be coming sooner than later given the potential bankruptcies of JC Penney and Gordman's). The traffic study recommends a whol...
by Tcmetro
May 8th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 976
Views: 148610

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

The MOA-related American Dream mall in New Jersey is reducing the 45% retail tenant mix down to 30% Forbes: American Dream Mall To Shift Plans Again Once It Can Reopen. https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenshoulberg/2020/04/09/post-coronavirus-american-dream-will-try-yet-another-re-do/ This (paywalled...

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