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by Tcmetro
January 14th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 21837

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

This area is already a dead zone outside of rush hour traffic (which is all cars, not pedestrians). I would hope that new office developments in Bloomington are guided to areas with higher mixes of residential and commercial uses (Penn and American, South Loop, 98th/35W).
by Tcmetro
January 12th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 21837

Re: Bloomington - Normandale Lake - 5501-5601 W American Bl

Two-phase senior housing development coming to the Normandale Lake area. Phase 1 is a four-story 108-unit assisted living facility, and the second phase will be an independent living facility. According to the staff report, this site was previously approved for a 10-story hotel, 10-story office, and...
by Tcmetro
January 11th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 60
Views: 3669

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

I think they mean adding TSP (transit priority at traffic lights) to the Maplewood Mall branch of the 54.
by Tcmetro
January 2nd, 2019, 12:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 109
Views: 16325

Re: Transit Crime

Smoking happens quite often on the CTA, especially in some of the rougher neighborhoods. On several occasions I've come across groups of teenagers smoking marijuana on the train too. Typically the drivers don't say anything (probably because they won't know unless someone tells them) but just the ot...
by Tcmetro
December 26th, 2018, 10:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200279

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The last time I was fare checked with a GoTo card (a few years ago at this point), the officer had a cell phone that doubled as a balance reader. When I took the Link light rail in Seattle earlier this year, they had a similar operation.
by Tcmetro
December 19th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 41
Views: 2675

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I have to second Dan Patch's sentiment on the issue. Most people (outside of this forum) could care less that a relatively unimportant line has the color Red.
by Tcmetro
December 18th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 787
Views: 82104

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

There were two concerns about using Burnsville Transit Station for the Orange Line. The first was that the bus stops are crowded at peak and there are too many buses in the staging bays. The second was that the parking ramp is already filed by 460/465 passengers and that there wouldn't be any spare ...
by Tcmetro
December 18th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 787
Views: 82104

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

It's a good question. MVTA was not keen on the Orange Line serving the Burnsville Transit Station (which is why it stops at Travelers Trail instead), so I would imagine they are going to keep service. I could see them dropping the South Bloomington stop, and perhaps skipping downtown on their midday...
by Tcmetro
December 14th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 175
Views: 22555

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Northtown is the least intensive of the indoor malls. The anchors are Best Buy, Becker, and Burlington. The old Herberger's is being used by Becker to sell discounted furniture. The Hobby Looby in the mall doesn't actually have an entrance from the mall, and there is a Cub Foods and a Home Depot in ...
by Tcmetro
December 10th, 2018, 10:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 372879

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I think it would be great if the A, B, and C ramps were gone (Gateway and Leamington, too!) but sadly I think the downtown council and the city would probably be less supportive. As the high-quality transit system develops, the justification for downtown parking goes away. I hope that the parking co...
by Tcmetro
December 9th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17410

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Trolleybuses are generally able to move a few feet from the wire position and maintain connection. Connection can be lost at wire junctions sometimes and requires the operator to get out and raise the poles. There are six trolley systems in US/Canada - in Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Philadelp...
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17410

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

They also have significantly worse air pollution, and the government has been pushing investments in "green" vehicles. Their is much less political resistance to cutting emissions there then in the US.
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200279

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I really don't know. It seems like a maintenance nightmare to keep seven unique buses. I think the idea was to differentiate from the Gilligs and New Flyers in MVTAs fleet.
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200279

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit will most likely buy New Flyer or Gillig as they have in the past. Nova or ElDorado could make an appearance, but I think that is unlikely given purchasing decisions over the past few decades. New Flyer makes both 40 foot and 60 foot buses, but Metro Transit generally only buys 60-foot...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200279

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I wonder how electric buses would perform on freeway routes. Los Angeles is ordering articulated electric buses for their Orange and Silver BRT lines.
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200279

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The Transportation Committee will be reviewing a bus fleet plan at their meeting on Monday. From what I know, an RFP for buses was put out in the summer but no contract has been awarded. The new fleet plan seems to focus on electric buses, hopefully leading to a complete electrification of the fleet...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 787
Views: 82104

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

Updated timeline shows service starting Q3/Q4 2021:

https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... -Line.aspx
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17410

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The electric buses are New Flyers. Supposedly Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles are also due to receive electric articulated buses from New Flyer as well. Is there a product page I can look at? I'm wondering if these are ultracapacitor based units. https://www.newflyer.com/site-content/uploads/2018/...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17410

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The electric buses are New Flyers. Supposedly Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles are also due to receive electric articulated buses from New Flyer as well.
by Tcmetro
December 4th, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 372879

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Table 5-2 in the document you linked has the station by station breakdown. Some travel times from Nicollet Mall (assumed 4 mins from Target Field): West Lake : 13 mins Hopkins : 22 mins SouthWest Station : 36 mins As an analog, the Blue Line to 46th St is 14 mins, Terminal 1 is 22 mins, and MOA is 3...

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