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by Tcmetro
September 23rd, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 158
Views: 14574

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

I don't think this was shared with the forum, but Metro Transit made a decision about the Route 19 service after the C Line starts. They will proceed with Option A which: Consolidates the H and Y branches to use Thomas Ave between Lowry and 42nd during rush hours Extends the new Thomas branch to Bro...
by Tcmetro
September 16th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 163
Views: 19519

Re: Fantasy maps

Gold Line naturally extends to Minneapolis because 5th and 6th become ramps to I-94. The 66 concept came about in the early 2000s but wasn't implemented. It would have travelled to Downtown along the same path as the 70. Given that there are plenty of transfer opportunities (63, 74, Gold, 70) I didn...
by Tcmetro
September 16th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 163
Views: 19519

Re: Fantasy maps

Yeah, I omitted it with an assumption that the improved connections to the Rush line serve as a replacement.
by Tcmetro
September 15th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 163
Views: 19519

Re: Fantasy maps

I put together some restructuring ideas for the St. Paul area for when the Riverview, Rush, and Gold lines are put into service. Here's the Google Maps link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1O50sdBV-9jqP7v4zOmx2-bmknNKP7Ffq&usp=sharing Here's the rundown: A Line - no changes. B Line - no changes. R...
by Tcmetro
August 23rd, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Shanghai
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Shanghai

China has very strict land use policies for a reason. If the entire country was developed at Twin Cities densities there would probably be no land for agricultural use. People who are living in centers of first tier cities in China are not working in factories, they are in services and information i...
by Tcmetro
August 23rd, 2018, 11:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicyclist Demographics (and popular image)
Replies: 14
Views: 1425

Re: Bicyclist Demographics (and popular image)

I used to bus/bike from Minneapolis to Edina in middle school. One day I got absolutely soaked along with my books, so definitely keep track of the weather.

I remember being sweaty quite a bit also, so probably good to have a shirt change at least handy - maybe kept in the lockers at school.
by Tcmetro
August 23rd, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 189256

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The closer ones are free and paid for by the fair as a parking/traffic management solution. The reach has definitely spread in recent years, with this year's additions being two lots north of 694 in Arden Hills and White Bear Township. I wonder how much competition these lots will give to the Metro ...
by Tcmetro
August 20th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 736
Views: 77329

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Seems that the 6 via Xerxes is about 39 mins midday. 515 from Southdale to 35W is 7 mins and Orange Line from 66th to 7th would probably be 12-15 minutes, so even if the wait is 15 minutes, 515+Orange is faster.
by Tcmetro
August 16th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 333
Views: 48081

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

AFAIK, there hasn't been any official mention of a Gold Line extension to Minneapolis, but it seems like it would be logical as it would add only about 15-20 minutes to the run time. Considering that MnDOT wants to do MnPass on 94 and the Arterial BRT investments on 7th and 8th, there's little to no...
by Tcmetro
August 16th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 103813

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

They could have planned to use Bottineau Blvd, but too late now that the entire thing has been reconstructed.
by Tcmetro
August 16th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 103813

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

The corridor is owned by the railroad. The railroad would have to allow the Met Council to build within that corridor. They wouldn't want to for a number of reasons, mainly loss of space for future expansion or liability/insurance costs if an accident were to occur.
by Tcmetro
August 15th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 103813

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Isn't the Blue Line extension still in engineering?
by Tcmetro
August 15th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 333
Views: 48081

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I'm glad that they went with the downtown routing instead of the Union Depot terminal.

The new Woodbury station was shown on the open house materials as a parking garage with a slip ramp to 494 for express buses.
by Tcmetro
August 11th, 2018, 1:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 189256

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit moved the September service change to August a few years ago.

Interesting changes at MVTA. A lot of the local routes are low performers with a notable exception of the 444. I hope they can restructure the 491/492 at some point and have the 495 stop at Cedar Grove.
by Tcmetro
August 9th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 189256

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I used to make the 535/539 to 465 connection when I was a student at Normandale. It was very infuriating how the schedules didn't match. Metro Transit and SW Transit used to run a joint-operation (Rt. 590 I think) c. 1999/2000. The route was soon cut, and became the peak-only 540. The 540 was expand...
by Tcmetro
August 9th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 189256

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit express routes are likely more efficient as the routes are shorter and have leaner schedules. SW Transit routes are quite lengthy and there are some obvious service overlaps in certain hours of the day that lead to inefficiency. Plymouth routes have long local tails and an overall weak...
by Tcmetro
August 8th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 189256

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Maple Grove Transit is considering some route changes. Overall, MGT is one of the better performers in terms of subsidy per passenger among suburban express routes, but some routes are performing quite well and others poorly. The good performers are the 781, 785, and 789 which connect the large park...
by Tcmetro
August 3rd, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis address format discrepancies
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Minneapolis address format discrepancies

Mod note: Conversation split off from 333 Hennepin Ave E (or should it be 333 E Hennepin?) thread. Love too be pedantic over stuff like this :geek:

Very petty, but it really bothers me that this thread is titled Hennepin Ave E instead of E Hennepin Ave.
by Tcmetro
August 1st, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 259
Views: 26466

Re: Bike Share

IIRC that in Seattle bonus points/credits are given if bikes are parked in the "virtual stations".
by Tcmetro
August 1st, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan
Replies: 118
Views: 13975

Re: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan

The transit center received a light facelift when the light rail opened, but otherwise is the same with the light rail dropped in the center of the bus loop. I do seem to remember that the transit store was where the police station is now.

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