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by alexschief
May 16th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sears Redevelopment
Replies: 76
Views: 18061

Re: Sears Redevelopment

But generally parking in close proximity is part of the deal for market rate housing in the Midwest. If people keep believing that this is true, it'll keep being true. St. Paul has one light rail line already, another on the way, two highway BRT routes planned, and one arterial BRT route planned. I...
by alexschief
May 15th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sears Redevelopment
Replies: 76
Views: 18061

Re: Sears Redevelopment

It kinda depends on what kind of office space the State has downtown. Despite almost no new residential construction in downtown St. Paul, there have actually been a reasonable number of residential units added thanks entirely to office conversions. St. Paul has a lot of really bad office space, (Cl...
by alexschief
May 12th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9935

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

The other implication of that approach is that it's absolutely essential to get dedicated funding for these conversions which would allow more flexibility to re-orient routes when and where they make sense.
by alexschief
May 12th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9935

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

Imo the E Line is one of the obvious exceptions to legibility concerns for aBRT routes. Directly connecting the University to the place where so many students live after graduating is an obvious connection. The upgrade from the 6 to the E Line will be substantial, especially if we can get bus lanes ...
by alexschief
May 9th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 258
Views: 35967

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

"Keep, historic Hopkins, your storied pomp!" cry the Concerned neighbors. "Give Minneapolis your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to live quietly in peace, The wretched refuse of your teeming main street. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost somewhere else, Let's fasten shut the gold...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 570
Views: 54096

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Slightly new here, but the 10,000 daily riders sounds like a pretty substantial amount for a bus line that has to sit in heavy congestion and is probably not an appealing alternative to walking, biking or even driving if you have the choice. Would a number like this warrant a light-rail, or true de...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 313
Views: 53925

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Is there any reason to think that the short-term rental/hotel market won't just... work itself out? I understand the concerns about further constricting the housing supply, plus the usual worries about changing the feel of a neighborhood. But there's far from an infinite pool of people who want to v...
by alexschief
May 2nd, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 958
Views: 117992

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Hell yeah.
by alexschief
May 2nd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2336
Views: 237561

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Fun news, Metro Transit's fall 2018 ridership data dump is now available. The data overall shows an increase in ridership, which we know was not true for the year as a whole, so all of these numbers are a bit autumn-tinted. Couple lunch break observations: - The #5 is still the most popular local bu...
by alexschief
April 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2336
Views: 237561

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Yes, if we're going to have buses on Nicollet, then we might as well combine Hennepin buses on there as well. And bus passing lanes should have been built on the blocks where buses are dwelling at stops. And Hennepin should be three lane. The better option is to do the reverse: outer two lanes on H...
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 69
Views: 5392

Re: Labeling the Transit System

Yikes. Just about everything in St. Paul, from the A Line stop spacing to the downtown layout, is a huge mess on this map. Metro Transit needs to hire a consultant to do a better job before a map like this actually goes into service.
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 2834

Re: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment

From the article : Any redevelopment on the lot will look to a similar project at 29th & Aldrich, where the city once owned a 50-space lot. The Aldrich parking lot was sold several years ago for development, but includes 30 public, hourly parking spaces in an underground parking garage. The busines...
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 161064

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I'm bullish on the prospect of the SWLRT helping to increase the pull of downtown Minneapolis. Companies tend to locate their headquarters closer to where the CEO lives, and while the LRT doesn't exactly reach the shores of Lake Minnetonka, it certainly will intrude on the mental map of the Twin Cit...
by alexschief
April 19th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 53401

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Given a finite pot of transit funds, I just don't think I'd prioritize spending on these outlying crosstown routes. I'm sure there's some degree of chicken and egg thing happening here, and I know people love the idea of building out a non-centralized transit system, but... most people still want t...
by alexschief
April 18th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 958
Views: 117992

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

East of Nicollet, 42nd is extremely wide. Concrete curb-protected lanes should be extremely possible.
by alexschief
April 18th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 958
Views: 117992

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

It would be nice if the county would proactively do this before more people are killed. There is no justification for four lane designs on virtually all of these county roads. Almost all of them have ADT under 20k, and should be extremely easy fixes with few (if any) tradeoffs for drivers.
by alexschief
April 17th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 53401

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

I don't think extending the A Line is necessarily the right call, given how easy and obvious the 46th St Station is as a bus layover facility. But I do think that, while it's not the highest priority route, the 46th St corridor should be on any list for future aBRT implementation on its own. The cur...
by alexschief
April 17th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 15022

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

In the report that was linked on the last page, staff explains their findings. In short, they take a dim view of the proposed design's conformance with the historic district guidelines. They object on just about every point related to the design, but some of their objections specifically apply to th...
by alexschief
April 16th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 53401

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

They have new articulated diesel BRT buses that they use on the A line now They are using the future C Line buses on the A Line so that the drivers can practice with them. They also used the artics on the first Allianz Field gameday, and imagine they will continue to do so in the future. Otherwise ...
by alexschief
April 15th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 760
Views: 83517

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

I asked folks how their transportation went on Saturday and received almost all positive responses. - Seems like the A Line was a clear winner, with Metro Transit running some of the artics from the C Line. I hope they will be able to make that move throughout the year, even once the C Line begins o...

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