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by RailBaronYarr
October 17th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 258
Views: 12914

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Just to pile on... "Exponentially" is well-understood for most people discussing rapidly increasing numbers as time (or, in this case, x-axis units) increase - it's a colloquial term. Nobody says "it increased polynomially" even if that's technically true. I don't think the difference between expone...
by RailBaronYarr
October 17th, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Nashville
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Re: Nashville

Nashville's mayor announcing a $5+ billion transit plan for the region: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/10/17/nashville-mayor-megan-barry-unveils-ambitious-mass-transit-plan-for-music-city/759973001/ Plan includes a bunch of light rail, a 1.8 mile/3-station bus+LRT tunnel through downtown,...
by RailBaronYarr
October 13th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Schafer Richardson Development - 747 Third St. N.
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Schafer Richardson Development - 747 Third St. N.

Gotta say, it'd be really nice if the city could try to preserve some ped ROW in the middle of this block (and also the undeveloped one between Washington and 3rd St) to provide connectivity. It's too bad the 720/730 lofts have the parking structure raised up a bit preventing easy (or at least ADA) ...
by RailBaronYarr
October 12th, 2017, 6:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 651
Views: 66195

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

Hey folks, go here and participate in this survey about the potential extension down into Lakeville https://www.orangelineextension.com/
by RailBaronYarr
October 12th, 2017, 8:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

...which drive different maintenance requirements, and could have different operations characteristics (max speed, braking capacity, etc that impact driver training), and might even drive infrastructure choices (e.g. optional tighter turning radii) that preempt having an LRV use the tracks. The $ sa...
by RailBaronYarr
October 10th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: RISE at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE
Replies: 136
Views: 19750

Re: RISE at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE

Since there isn't a crosswalk at 30th, and there isn't a cross street approaching the S/W side of University anyway, it's not like one would have served that many people. As Didier mentions, the extra distance people will have to walk to get to the 30th corner entrance compared to having one on 29th...
by RailBaronYarr
October 10th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 258
Views: 12914

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

This is bleeding into a zoning discussion, but yeah it's hard to ask a mayoral housing platform to focus on the very weeds-y (and ultimately, politically unpopular) details of zoning code reform more than NLP and Ray Dehn already have. I really appreciate NLP's prose in talking about the housing we ...
by RailBaronYarr
October 10th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

One thought on consist size (even though it's my preference to build/plan for 2-3 car LRVs): What if we took the European tram approach in planning for this line (or others!) where headways of single LRVs are more in the 3-5 minute range rather than 2-3 car trains every 10 minutes. 10 minutes basica...
by RailBaronYarr
October 6th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)
Replies: 188
Views: 24214

Re: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)

So, I'm not sure if this is the best thread, or if the study was even shared yet, but.... http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-205222.pdf This is really cool, comprehensive, etc. I won't say much on it for now, but the findings of this study run counter to ...
by RailBaronYarr
October 6th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

^That was my thought as well. My brain is cluttered, so I don't remember which options they liked from this document in each W7th segment. To Silophant's point, there are two major cost buckets of future changes- extending the platforms for longer trains, and converting mixed traffic lanes to dedica...
by RailBaronYarr
October 6th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street
Replies: 53
Views: 4127

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street

While that may be true, the upside for this corner of downtown isn't really the same as the North Loop or Mill District. To be clear, I support this project, and it's not in a *bad* location per se - it's still only 2.5 downtown blocks from Nicollet Mall after all. But the Convention Center is lifel...
by RailBaronYarr
October 6th, 2017, 8:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

There's a fine line between fantasizing about different routings for an unfunded Midtown line (which, should also occur in that thread).. and a relatively germane discussion about the needs for this exact line if something like a Midtown extension were to happen. I think the LPA is drastically short...
by RailBaronYarr
October 6th, 2017, 7:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 663
Views: 44936

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Ok I mostly agree the GOP is using this report for political purposes when there isn't that big of a problem. That said, it is a *bit* odd that the Met Council uses different Metro Mobility growth rate assumptions for its internal finance report (8.95%) vs the federal one (5%). I believe the Council...
by RailBaronYarr
October 5th, 2017, 11:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Wouldn't extending it to St Paul fix that issue? (I kid) But also, simply running the train out to Hopkins would get SLP and Hopkins on board, doubling the frequency of that rail line between West Lake and Hopkins. It would only cost a little more (1-2 train/sets and <$1m a year in ops) to do it. Gi...
by RailBaronYarr
October 4th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1150
Views: 128781

Re: MSP Airport

... I'm not sure the fact that they rolled lighting and solar into a combined performance contract made the lighting component any cheaper than it would have been as a standalone project. Reality is that they could have done the lighting portion all by itself and the energy savings would have paid b...
by RailBaronYarr
October 4th, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1150
Views: 128781

Re: MSP Airport

I was under the impression that ramps are more typically $30k per space, so the ~$50k per space doesn't surprise me too much given the details of this project... The rental car center mentioned above is one part of the whole "Customer Service Building" that'd be part of this project - including a ne...
by RailBaronYarr
October 3rd, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

We could also rely on the New Starts model if the Ford Branch was my dream of Midtown-[Blue Line interline]-46th St-Ford Spur. That would be sufficiently expensive to qualify, but also much simpler than the rail options in crossing Hiawatha presented during the Riverview AA.
by RailBaronYarr
September 29th, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 73
Views: 5952

Re: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W

Funny, I'm not under the impression that what Uptown is lacking is a nightlife/cafe scene (though more of that is certainly welcome), but other uses like more office space. In a vacuum, this project is very nice - better than average design, some public-ish amenities, etc etc. But considering it's o...
by RailBaronYarr
September 28th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)
Replies: 730
Views: 63457

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Someone posted a picture of the slide from the TAC on the W 7th facebook group (which I am a member of for some god awful reason) that Alternative 4b - Modern Streetcar on W 7th via Hwy 5 is the draft LPA. Says it likely qualifies for New Starts funding, is the strongest of the corridor alternatives...
by RailBaronYarr
September 27th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1338
Views: 111017

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

So, this entire project came in just shy of $2m on the capital budget request. I agree that there should be a Midtown Greenway-style connection to Dinkytown from that trail, but the budget isn't there for that here. Nor does this project make a retrofit like that in the future more costly/challenging.

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