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by RailBaronYarr
February 27th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 66
Views: 6496

Re: U.S. Highway 169

^ In the brief window of my life where I still worked in Chanhassen and lived in CARAG, on my commute home I would get off 212/62 at Gleason or Tracy Ave, take Vernon to 50th St in Edina and cut up through Browendale to get to Sunnyside to Xerxes. And it was definitely faster than staying on 62 to L...
by RailBaronYarr
February 23rd, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 605
Views: 49321

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

David Levinson's take on the process as of today:

https://transportist.org/2017/02/23/riv ... ernatives/
by RailBaronYarr
February 23rd, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 847
Views: 85001

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

I like that idea quite a bit. I know it sounds super lame, but would reaching out to their corporate real estate team and/or local management help? While this project is way too early to have any details, them getting in the conversation early is the only way it'll probably happen (and, tbh, having ...
by RailBaronYarr
February 23rd, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 847
Views: 85001

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Thanks for that! So the 2.17 acres is the parcels Sons of Norway owns, and the little surface parking between them (2 parcels , each 0.14 acres) is owned by WF. Given the new WF branch across Humboldt has parking, I can't imagine they'd need to hold on to it anymore. The condo building is a differen...
by RailBaronYarr
February 23rd, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 847
Views: 85001

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Odd, Hennepin County shows the NoN and WF parcels on the northern part of the block only combine up to ~1.35 acres. Between the SoN building and their 1.1 acre parking lot is a small condo building, so I'm not sure if that's part of the deal or not. But the site acreage isn't adding up to the 2.2 th...
by RailBaronYarr
February 22nd, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1583
Views: 124465

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Local streets are paid by property taxes. The gas tax, license tabs and vehicle sales taxes do not pay for 80% of state aid roads and highways. Not sure the exact amount but a large portion is the general fund (so income taxes are a big chunk?) and debt and bonds. (oy. long, exhaustive post alert) ...
by RailBaronYarr
February 22nd, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Hotel Discussion
Replies: 408
Views: 36843

Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Six stories with a step down to 5 on the southern side.

Apologies Grant! I was out and about and forgot to swing back and put my tweet in the forums.
by RailBaronYarr
February 21st, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 3843
Views: 278408

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I think we'll have a good idea how the feds will respond once the California Caltrain electrification project is decided http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/02/16/will_elaine_chao_axe_federal_funding_for_caltrain.html A similar tactic was used, just by California's US House delegation rather th...
by RailBaronYarr
February 20th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
Replies: 128
Views: 8212

Re: RE: Re: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

And to that point, that's a real risk of this change. The counties are all thinking of that sweet extra money they can get, but now there's nothing preventing the Legislature from saying the counties need to use this transit funding to pay for the base bus services. In fact, I predict that's exactl...
by RailBaronYarr
February 20th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 439
Views: 41300

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Yeah, at an extrapolated ~1.5 million rides/year, the A Line by itself places outside the top 10 routes by itself: https://streets.mn/2015/01/28/chart-of-the-day-top-10-metro-transit-bus-routes-by-ridership-2014/ The 84 still picks up some folks, so I assume, the in-corridor ridership would place in...
by RailBaronYarr
February 19th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 352
Views: 44320

Re: Dinkytown

In case that sign wasn't obvious, the Target Express in Dinkytown has a CVS for their pharmacy, just like they all do now since Target sold their pharmacies for $4bn to CVS.
by RailBaronYarr
February 17th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
Replies: 128
Views: 8212

Re: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

It has been brought up before, but yes (I'd hope). CTIB has a (stupid) limitation that its money can only go toward "transitways," which doesn't include aBRT. Free from that, I sure hope that a larger transit pot, and at a county level, would make doing the sub-$50m projects a practical option.
by RailBaronYarr
February 17th, 2017, 10:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1583
Views: 124465

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I think part of the problem is that unless they hired additional Metro Transit police to check fares randomly, there'd be no way to easily enforce someone boarding through the back and not paying their fare. Frankly, I think a stricter stance on the "board in the front, exit in the rear" would help...
by RailBaronYarr
February 17th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1583
Views: 124465

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I'm a little surprised at the cost to implement on just the articulated buses is pushing $1m. It took me a long time to find the cost for SFMTA, but one board minutes document said they implemented the readers in just 6 months, all in one year, and the budget was $1m. Since articulated buses represe...
by RailBaronYarr
February 16th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
Replies: 128
Views: 8212

Re: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

That MinnPost article notes: Anoka County’s Schulte said he thinks his fellow commissioners will vote to impose a quarter-cent tax — the same level it now collects for CTIB — because it must continue to cover half of the annual operating costs of the Northstar commuter rail service from Big Lake to ...
by RailBaronYarr
February 15th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1327
Views: 114001

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

I only noticed it yesterday morning, when it looked like the brown paper had been pulled back. I thought it was official, but then I realized the old Falafel King food offerings were still on the glass as well, so I figure it's a (nice) graffiti. Maybe I'm wrong.
by RailBaronYarr
February 15th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1583
Views: 124465

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I'd say that this is something pretty darn cheap (it cost SFMTA about $1m to do it to all their buses and streetcars that didn't have it). The biggest question I'd have is if our fleet can open back doors automatically - if not, our costs could be much higher. I know the articulated buses can do it,...
by RailBaronYarr
February 14th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 605
Views: 49321

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Except for the fact that all the most promising alternatives for transit crossing the Ford Bridge have a stop at 43rd, so no one along 46th St would ever be more than 1,000 ft (3-4 mins walking) from a station (of course one is across a major highway - the sort of thing that's far worse than LRT tra...
by RailBaronYarr
February 13th, 2017, 9:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 605
Views: 49321

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Maybe can the people who like cities and transit and all the great things that come with them start the argument on a forum about cities and transit and etc siding with the people who are pretty much fine with the status quo regarding cities (which is, tbh, not so great in America)? There are real l...
by RailBaronYarr
February 13th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 605
Views: 49321

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Even at 20-25' away from their window, I find it hard to imagine (even 3-car full LRT) trains moving at 20-25 mph every 5 minutes (one in each direction) would be worse than the traffic on 46th St. I know it's not helpful to go and tell people how to feel (so, I won't), but haven't many studies show...

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