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by Tcmetro
March 31st, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

MVTA is closing the Red Line stops at 140th and 147th. They are also closing the indoor areas of Apple Valley, Burnsville, and Cedar Grove Transit Stations. Marshall Road Transit Station closed last week.

https://www.mvta.com/route-alerts/publi ... -stations/
by Tcmetro
March 20th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 55
Views: 9786

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

436, 440, 446, 497, 499, and MVTA Connect are also providing modified schedules for local access. SouthWest Transit is implementing a reduced 690/698 schedule which only provides service to East Creek, SouthWest Village, SouthWest Station, Downtown Minneapolis, and U of M (698 only). Route 600 is al...
by Tcmetro
March 16th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

That is quite unfortunate. I am aware of some service cuts at GO Transit in Toronto and at WMATA in Washington. Both seem like they were preserving span and cutting back on frequency. MT has some more details: https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-transit-suspending-overnight-service https://www.metrot...
by Tcmetro
March 16th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Work from home and road congestion
Replies: 28
Views: 2933

Re: Work from home and road congestion

Very interesting, thank you for sharing. I had not considered the temperature control aspect of the different settings. I'm working from home, but my team is all over the place, so I'm normally on the phone/slack all day. The lack of commute is nice, as is being able to cook anything, but it feels w...
by Tcmetro
March 10th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 978
Views: 135561

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Seems like standard for an exurban project unfortunately.

Hopefully they go through with the freeway conversion of 36. Adding a bridge at Century will really help traffic and safety. The three lights in Oak Park Heights should be reconsidered as well (seems like another 169-Eden Prairie situation).
by Tcmetro
February 28th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 874
Views: 90062

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I think it would be really easy to make the streetcar "LRT" style on Central, with median dedicated ROW and stops. Nicollet will be more tricky for that, but I think a good case would be made to reopen Nicollet at Lake to only streetcars. If the streetcar proceeds, cutting the stops to every 3-4 blo...
by Tcmetro
February 27th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 874
Views: 90062

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I think they should really push for median lanes on Central and extensions north to Columbia Heights (or even 53rd Ave) and south to 46th St (maybe even 66th St). We should try to treat the streetcar as much as a light rail line (e.g dedicated median lanes where possible) as we can, because this pre...
by Tcmetro
February 23rd, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 504
Views: 58174

Re: Rush Line Corridor BRT

The slides for each meeting are posted on the project website:
https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/r ... ct-library
by Tcmetro
February 22nd, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

Looks like the expansion is complete at Apple Valley Transit Station. The project added 350 more parking spaces to the existing 768-space ramp. https://www.mvta.com/news/all-levels-now-open-at-updated-apple-valley-transit-station-ramp/ I suppose the worst element of this project is that there are ab...
by Tcmetro
February 21st, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4524
Views: 425296

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

This was a huge debate in the 3A vs 3C days. The predictions seemed really high for the Kenilworth route and low for the Nicollet route.

Personally, I think the prediction of 950 riders at 21st is extremely ambitious. The only bus service in that area is the 25 and it has really low ridership.
by Tcmetro
February 21st, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

I was thinking the same thing about the 54 detour. Perhaps they think that there will be heavy congestion on WB Hwy 5 from the detour? If the traffic has less of an impact on travel time than the detour, they really should consider operating what is possible. A lot of airport workers live near the M...
by Tcmetro
February 21st, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

Metro Transit is requesting a change to their CMAQ grant for Rt 63 service improvements. If it is agreed to, Rt 63 will be shortened to Sun Ray and improved to every 15 mins on Weekdays and Saturdays. New Rt 323 would replace service on McKnight and also extend to Woodbury, operating every 30 mins. ...
by Tcmetro
February 19th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

The new maps are so out of scale that it makes the detour look awful. I imagine that the ramps to/from W 7th and Hwy 62 are going to have pretty heavy traffic - likely making the idea of a connection to the Blue Line at Fort Snelling out of the question. Looks like the project will run from April to...
by Tcmetro
February 19th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

Changes have been posted for March 14th. Very minor, mostly time adjustments. Rt. 27 is changing it's western endpoint to Lake/4th and the western start point to 28th/4th. Rt. 54 will have a long term detour from W 7th to Shepard Rd to 35E to 494. Most trips won't serve the airport (except a few lat...
by Tcmetro
February 17th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 126796

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I think it's more nuanced than that. The Green Line seems like it's really driven a gentrification process in Midway and Frogtown. Blue Line had much less gentrification pressure because so much land around the Cedar-Riverside, Franklin, and Lake St stops is institutional. 38th, 46th, and 50th are p...
by Tcmetro
February 9th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4524
Views: 425296

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The 12 is the service that runs between Hopkins and downtown Minneapolis via Excelsior and Hennepin during rush hours. The 612 is the off peak version that runs to Uptown, and will be shortened to West Lake. I think extending the 705 down Louisiana to the Green Line makes more sense than keeping the...
by Tcmetro
February 8th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4524
Views: 425296

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

A bus concept plan was put together for SW LRT in the environmental process. It was written in 2014 and updated in 2015. SW LRT bus plan: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Light-Rail-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/Environmental-Documents/FEIS/FEIS-Tech-Memos/C-15_Co...
by Tcmetro
February 4th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 545
Views: 71654

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

It will provide a convenient crossing from Prospect Park to Como for bikes. Maybe only a bike/ped crossing over the BNSF yards is needed and the roadway can be scrapped?
by Tcmetro
January 21st, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 374
Views: 49789

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I think the main benefits to additional trains in the corridor would be for connectivity to towns along the way. Flying is still going to be the primary option between Chicago and Minneapolis, because so many people are flying the route for connections. Extending the Hiawatha service to Madison and ...
by Tcmetro
November 24th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2370
Views: 258501

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

Metro Transit is planning a stop consolidation on Route 63, as well as a replacement of the McKnight service with a new Route 323. The 323 will also extend to Woodbury and operate every 20-30 mins, daily. It looks like the improvements are planned for Summer 2020, which could correspond to the June ...

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