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by Tom H.
September 8th, 2014, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3829

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

It appears that a power system failure of some kind has shut down the Washington Ave Transit Mall from Huron to the Washington Bridge. Lots of emergency personnel working on it, which has also blocked the Mall for buses. I'm not sure how they're dealing with the problem on the rest of the line.
by Tom H.
September 4th, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 55309

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

It's hard to tell from the webcam, but it looks like the next large piece of structural steel is starting to go up now.
by Tom H.
September 4th, 2014, 12:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43721

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

There's no more fitting word for the fantasy of driverless cars than JHK's "techno-narcissism".
by Tom H.
September 2nd, 2014, 5:45 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Elk Run Biobusiness Park (Pine Island)
Replies: 36
Views: 9968

Re: Elk Run Biobusiness Park (Pine Island)

I think this is a pretty well-justified freeway, though. There is too much access along the way, however, which is going to lead to sprawl. I've always liked the exit spacing along I-90 tollway northwest of Chicago (about one exit per 10-12 miles), and I think that's more appropriate for rural freew...
by Tom H.
August 25th, 2014, 9:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2284
Views: 220957

Re: Public Transit News and Happenings

To be fair, SWT does have SOME local service (e.g. the Dell/Valley View route, and the mall loop), but I'll grant it's not much. I think it's more of a result of the poor incentives and weird funding structure that we've put in place for the opt-outs, rather than the administrators being "a-holes", ...
by Tom H.
August 25th, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2284
Views: 220957

Re: Public Transit News and Happenings

grant1simons2 wrote:Now if only SWT weren't a-holes
Care to elaborate?
by Tom H.
August 25th, 2014, 7:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.
Replies: 321
Views: 59625

Re: Stanton Condo Building - 516 S. 8th St.

Even if you don't like the height, just think optimistic thoughts. It's -1 infill building AND -1 surface parking lot.
by Tom H.
August 24th, 2014, 12:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 53414

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Isn't Chicago usually closed off on Gamedays? That should allow for faster light cycles.
by Tom H.
August 20th, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4448
Views: 393008

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Surprised no one has posted this yet. Hennepin county has approved the SWLRT designs, leaving only the City of Minneapolis to approve next week. The Minneapolis hearing seemed focused on improved bus connections to ensure that SWLRT is as accessible as possible for Minneapolis residents. http://www....
by Tom H.
August 19th, 2014, 10:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3829

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

So wait, running SWLRT through a sparsely-populated utilitarian transportation corridor is BAD, but we should have run CCLRT in the interstate median instead of down University?

This board sure does confuse me sometimes.
by Tom H.
August 18th, 2014, 12:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 55309

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

grant1simons2 wrote:My bad, I didn't know this website existed when those were posted
Har!
by Tom H.
August 15th, 2014, 5:52 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Twin Cities Premium Outlets - Eagan
Replies: 80
Views: 22742

Re: Paragon Outlets - Eagan

Sounds like this place was packed for the grand opening yesterday. The Kare 11 story about it claimed that (paraphrasing) "it will pump hundreds of millions of dollars" in the Minnesota economy. Hyperbole much?
by Tom H.
August 13th, 2014, 11:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 55309

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Looks like another large piece of structural steel is being installed at the east end of the site. Seems a little strange, since the animation (posted earlier) showed the cantilevered steel beam at the west end of the site being installed before the eastern one. It looks like both are supposed to be...
by Tom H.
August 12th, 2014, 8:12 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 962
Views: 127411

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

The Lindau tunnel is open, but you can't walk across it yet, and all crosswalks were removed from Lindau to put in the tunnel. I tried to walk from MoA to IKEA, and ended up having to jaywalk across the 6-lane stroad (and back) because there is currently no legal way to do it. I saw at least 6 other...
by Tom H.
August 7th, 2014, 6:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3829

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

To be fair, my westbound train from the U of M was also packed (SRO) at about the same time the game got out yesterday.
by Tom H.
August 4th, 2014, 7:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 550
Views: 83465

Re: University of Minnesota

I work in Physics and Nano, and I believe the building cannot have tunnels because some labs require complete vibrational isolation. Some of the pilings on the west side of the building go down quite far (into the bedrock) to achieve this. But I agree with you - the Gopher Way is a lot better as a r...
by Tom H.
July 29th, 2014, 10:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 55287

Re: Gateway Corridor

Can someone remind me how binding an LPA is? I'm guessing that ridership estimates, cost-benefit ratios, etc., will show that this line simply does not meet FTA standards. If the FTA and/or CTIB push back against this alignment, is it possible that a non-LPA routing could still be chosen, without ha...
by Tom H.
July 27th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Hampton Inn Prospect Park - 2812 University Ave SE
Replies: 27
Views: 4024

Re: 2812 University Avenue SE

I don't mind this - it definitely addresses the street well. As for the curb cut and parking: the curb cut already exists, but I think if it could be eliminated, then the rear parking could be "squared" up a little better in the back to simplify a (distant) future redevelopment. If the developer ins...
by Tom H.
July 24th, 2014, 10:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tolling Urban Freeways
Replies: 136
Views: 8523

Re: Tolling Urban Freeways

It seems that certain areas of the world - parts of Europe, for example - have solved a lot of these "bad city" problems without resorting to the suburban sprawl model.
by Tom H.
July 24th, 2014, 10:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tolling Urban Freeways
Replies: 136
Views: 8523

Re: Tolling Urban Freeways

The observation that "if the freeway system were priced at market rates it would not exist in its current form" strongly confirms (in my mind) that the proliferation of the suburbs is not so much a result of the desires of the people, as it is a subsidized distortion of the free market (a.k.a. "soci...

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