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by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 21
Views: 958

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I haven't chimed in here before, but I honestly think it would be a bit silly to have 10 or so highway BRT lines all with a color and METRO branding, even if stop spacing and frequencies/span are similar to LRT. I know that the METRO branding conveys a certain level of service, including experience ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 21
Views: 958

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I think I disagree labeling the Greenway "streetcar" as such given its stop spacing and dedicated ROW. More importantly, I'm wondering how the Met Council's studied Highway Transitways will be labeled in our system. They seem to be very similar to the Orange and Red Lines (station locations/design, ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 95
Views: 9727

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

Good luck- even a liberal representative from Edina is not going to stick their neck out to propose lifting the gag rule and piss off his/her constituents over this. And the proposal won't come from someone living outside the districts along the line. The city is filled with more liberal, transit-su...
by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 9:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1801
Views: 154358

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Multimodal wrote:
November 16th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Perhaps the Super Bowl events just prove that Nicollet Mall is better as a pedestrian-only mall, and buses should be permanently re-routed under it.
FTFY
by RailBaronYarr
November 14th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southwest - General Topics (Linden Hills, Fulton, et al)
Replies: 97
Views: 5855

Re: Southwest - General Topics (Linden Hills, Fulton, et al)

I think David is speaking in the descriptive rather than normative. I can think of probably 5-10 policies in the comprehensive plan that would support something like this going in a place like this, but I can also think of maybe 5-15 policies that could be interpreted to say something like this goin...
by RailBaronYarr
November 13th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 43
Views: 3773

Re: Seattle

Transit is the only thing on the planet that's *needs* to be a regional or state-funded thing, unlike the many other things the city provides funding for in partnership with county, state, and federal partners, including (but not limited to) affordable housing, local streets, collector streets, arte...
by RailBaronYarr
November 13th, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 43
Views: 3773

Re: Seattle

Minneapolis and St Paul have a combined population larger than Seattle in a smaller land area (even if less favorable to transit operations) Your snark was anticipated and duly noted. With that said, Minneapolis and St Paul are, in fact, bordered by a bunch of geographic and man-made features that ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 13th, 2017, 2:20 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 43
Views: 3773

Re: Seattle

https://seattletransitblog.com/2017/11/13/sdot-releases-2-year-report-bus-service/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Seattle voted a couple years ago to add ~$50m a year in revenue to make transit better within the city. Revenues come basically 50/50 from a $60 license fee and a 0.1% sales tax i...
by RailBaronYarr
November 10th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor
Replies: 88
Views: 10120

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor

Yeah there's a real good hot take that already made that point. If I'm being honest, if you told me that we could eliminate every part of zoning but segregating truly noxious uses that can't be mitigated through design (your standard pig farm or refinery boogeyman) for the next 50-100 years and let ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 9th, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 13878

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

We are, of course, veering way off course. But MT is doing a serious study for W Broadway: https://www.metrotransit.org/west-broadway-transit-study and one of the options did include the line ending in Robbinsdale but of course we all really like mixed traffic streetcars. Someone should move this to...
by RailBaronYarr
November 9th, 2017, 8:57 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: 44th & France - Edina/Minneapolis
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: 44th & France - Edina/Minneapolis

Okay I fully realize how incredibly vain and shitposty it is to self-cite streets.mn posts I've written, but they go a long way in explaining why I feel the way I do about why conventional planning that makes "perfect sense" is wrongheaded, without the need for tons of words here. So. https://street...
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 3:09 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 13878

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

Fair enough. But until literally several months ago the county did *not* have the extra money to build Midtown, and it was slated as a project for the "increased revenue scenario" in the Met Council plans. I guess maybe I'm downplaying politics, but I'm confused how it needs a champion if it's on th...
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 13878

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

(Dropping my regular take that we don't need advocates for projects like that, we simply need to come to the table with money. Unlike Nic-Central, which was planned only by the City, Midtown and W Broadway were part of the MetCouncil's planning process and fit within their regional transit system go...
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15605

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Yeah, Betsy's 2nd/3rds went more to Dehn than Frey (barely), Frey's biggest bump (aside from his lead thanks to 1st choice votes) was from Hoch.

Which.
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15605

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Still clinging to that definitely-colloquially-understood-and-used-term 'polynomial' to describe a rapidly increasing curve, eh?
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15605

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

^^This is true, and I somewhat alluded to it in my earlier post - not all NLP/Dehn voters left Frey off their top 3, and some of them may have even had him at #2. I have 2 friends who live down in Kenny that voted Frey-NLP-Hodges, which speaks to the fact that many people don't align Frey with Hoch ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 126
Views: 14404

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

I thought it was odd that neither the Strib nor BizJournal article mentioned where they were relocating employees from- most articles usually note that. The Richfield locations seem most likely, and this is therefore probably a wash from a future transit access perspective given the Orange Line stop.
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15605

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

The question really is how do NLP's seconds break? I'd think Hodges and Dehn both do well, but how well relative to each others makes the difference as to which is eliminated next, or whether Hoch is. Yeah, and the other thing is its easy (for me anyway) to overweight generalizing. Pounds supports ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 8th, 2017, 8:58 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 126
Views: 14404

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Boy I'd like to say this is an okay consolidation from a transit-accessibility perspective given SWLRT, but that's a long 3700 foot walk from the Blake Road station (4200' to the Hopkins platform).

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