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by Tcmetro
July 23rd, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Scooter sharing
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: Scooter sharing

Maybe this is an aside, but as a former resident who returns sometimes I find that the GoTo Cards are pretty useless except as monthly passes. There is no benefit to using the GoTo pass (discount wise) as many of the other passes (day pass, weekly pass, weekend pass) are not available, stored value ...
by Tcmetro
July 23rd, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Scooter sharing
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: Scooter sharing

According to the app, there are a number of bikes in Golden Valley and Crystal as well.
by Tcmetro
July 20th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The big pressures on ridership are Uber, which is way more reliable than infrequent buses, low gas prices, and increased proliferation of teleworking.

The only way to combat this is through high quality service, which is talked about far more than actually implemented.
by Tcmetro
July 19th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 55
Views: 7740

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Glad to see Apple Valley embracing BRT! /s
by Tcmetro
July 18th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/07/18/slowly-but-surely-trumps-dot-starves-transit-expansion-projects-of-federal-funds/ Looks like a federal slowdown of administering transit capital grants could slow down the Orange line, along with other national projects. This could also jeopardize the Blue and ...
by Tcmetro
July 15th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 885
Views: 113067

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

There is a Walmart at Square One in Mississauga, Ontario, which is the second largest mall in Canada.

Eden Prairie Center has a Target for what it's worth.
by Tcmetro
July 14th, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4219
Views: 357489

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I poked around on the Met Council procurement page. The award is still pending. There were two bidders: - Lunda/CS McCrossan - $799.5 Million - Ames Kraemer - $812.13 Million According to the Strib, the first try attracted four bidders, with ranges from $797-1080 M. http://www.startribune.com/new-bi...
by Tcmetro
July 10th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

There are going to be some changes to the State Fair service this year, mostly due to an operator shortage. This piece from Citylab is a good read about the current state of affairs of the transit operator profession, as an aside: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/06/why-wont-anyone-drive-...
by Tcmetro
July 9th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Underground Rail
Replies: 81
Views: 7923

Re: Twin Cities Underground Rail

Considering that battery buses are almost a given at this point, a tunnel would not need the electric build-out or the specialized fleets that the Seattle Bus Tunnel and the Boston Silver Line have needed. Either a north-south or an east-west tunnel would be an amazing investment.
by Tcmetro
July 8th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 114
Views: 9033

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

There is no good corridor for a subway line in Minneapolis or St Paul. The density/land use intensity is too low generally and newer development is being channelled to industrial redevelopments. I think the best concept going forward would be BRT/"real" Streetcars with downtown priority (not Nicolle...
by Tcmetro
June 27th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 42
Views: 4124

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

The first project is weird. I don't understand why that particular intersection is more important than others or why the SWLRT station can't function as a transit center. The Hwy 169 BRT plan doesn't include a stop at Valley View either. The second might function better as a feeder bus system. There...
by Tcmetro
June 27th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Their idea is to get a "normal day" ridership number. Collecting numbers during the Fall is somewhat biased however, as that is when ridership is highest. It would be great to get better info from Metro Transit about ridership. It seems that "real" numbers are aggregated by service provider/type and...
by Tcmetro
June 27th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The data is from "Fall 2017". The metadata doesn't provide any details about specific sampling dates. This is what the metadata does say: All information except the boardings and alightings are based on the scheduled service that operated during the analysis time period.  The regular route bus and B...
by Tcmetro
June 24th, 2018, 11:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

APTA numbers are for "unlinked" trips which means that anyone transferring between lines would be counted twice. The Metro Council data is for "Fall 2017" and is likely a smaller sample than the data submitted to APTA. The APTA data is divided up quarterly, and likely includes a number of days when ...
by Tcmetro
June 24th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The buses and light rail trains have sensors near the doors called APCs (Automated Passenger Counters). Thus, ridership information is known at the vehicle level and can be analysed based on the trips attributes.
by Tcmetro
June 24th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2034
Views: 181704

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Council published 2017 ridership data by stop on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons a few months ago. Top 10 bus routes (average weekday ridership): 5 - 16,389 21 - 12,760 18 - 10,357 6 - 9,417 3 - 7,786 19 - 7,737 10 - 7,377 2 - 7,223 22 - 6,315 4 - 6,290 Transitways: Green Line - 46,222 Blue L...
by Tcmetro
June 19th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 780
Views: 70480

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

The next step of the project will consider the technical feasibility of using the CP Spur, which IMO would allow for TOD on both sides of the line between Victoria Park and Sibley Plaza.
by Tcmetro
June 19th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 780
Views: 70480

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

A 10 year planning period is really a long time. 10 years from beginning of AA to opening is much more reasonable, and really should be considered a maximum. Really all that is left at this point is performing engineering and design work in the corridor and aquiring any needed properties. That reall...
by Tcmetro
June 18th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 73556

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I believe that there was some sort of purchase agreement for the first floor in the Gateway Ramp, which already functions as a bus layover. The hotel site was at one time programmed for an underground bus terminal a la Leamington Ramp. Express routes would terminate at the underground terminals and ...
by Tcmetro
June 15th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26592

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

The 14 on Bloomington is only 1/4 mile (5 min walk) from Cedar.

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