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by Tcmetro
December 18th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 804
Views: 89671

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

It's a good question. MVTA was not keen on the Orange Line serving the Burnsville Transit Station (which is why it stops at Travelers Trail instead), so I would imagine they are going to keep service. I could see them dropping the South Bloomington stop, and perhaps skipping downtown on their midday...
by Tcmetro
December 14th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 176
Views: 24583

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Northtown is the least intensive of the indoor malls. The anchors are Best Buy, Becker, and Burlington. The old Herberger's is being used by Becker to sell discounted furniture. The Hobby Looby in the mall doesn't actually have an entrance from the mall, and there is a Cub Foods and a Home Depot in ...
by Tcmetro
December 10th, 2018, 10:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4470
Views: 406592

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I think it would be great if the A, B, and C ramps were gone (Gateway and Leamington, too!) but sadly I think the downtown council and the city would probably be less supportive. As the high-quality transit system develops, the justification for downtown parking goes away. I hope that the parking co...
by Tcmetro
December 9th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24567

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Trolleybuses are generally able to move a few feet from the wire position and maintain connection. Connection can be lost at wire junctions sometimes and requires the operator to get out and raise the poles. There are six trolley systems in US/Canada - in Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Philadelp...
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24567

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

They also have significantly worse air pollution, and the government has been pushing investments in "green" vehicles. Their is much less political resistance to cutting emissions there then in the US.
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I really don't know. It seems like a maintenance nightmare to keep seven unique buses. I think the idea was to differentiate from the Gilligs and New Flyers in MVTAs fleet.
by Tcmetro
December 8th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit will most likely buy New Flyer or Gillig as they have in the past. Nova or ElDorado could make an appearance, but I think that is unlikely given purchasing decisions over the past few decades. New Flyer makes both 40 foot and 60 foot buses, but Metro Transit generally only buys 60-foot...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I wonder how electric buses would perform on freeway routes. Los Angeles is ordering articulated electric buses for their Orange and Silver BRT lines.
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The Transportation Committee will be reviewing a bus fleet plan at their meeting on Monday. From what I know, an RFP for buses was put out in the summer but no contract has been awarded. The new fleet plan seems to focus on electric buses, hopefully leading to a complete electrification of the fleet...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 804
Views: 89671

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Updated timeline shows service starting Q3/Q4 2021:

https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... -Line.aspx
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24567

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The electric buses are New Flyers. Supposedly Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles are also due to receive electric articulated buses from New Flyer as well. Is there a product page I can look at? I'm wondering if these are ultracapacitor based units. https://www.newflyer.com/site-content/uploads/2018/...
by Tcmetro
December 7th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24567

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

The electric buses are New Flyers. Supposedly Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles are also due to receive electric articulated buses from New Flyer as well.
by Tcmetro
December 4th, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4470
Views: 406592

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Table 5-2 in the document you linked has the station by station breakdown. Some travel times from Nicollet Mall (assumed 4 mins from Target Field): West Lake : 13 mins Hopkins : 22 mins SouthWest Station : 36 mins As an analog, the Blue Line to 46th St is 14 mins, Terminal 1 is 22 mins, and MOA is 3...
by Tcmetro
December 2nd, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 358
Views: 43336

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

It's fine for people who want to ride the train all day or are traveling to the minor stops. Looking at the feasibility study, the optimized option is only offset by four hours from the existing train. I think that the limited difference in schedule means that many of the riders are going to shift f...
by Tcmetro
December 2nd, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 358
Views: 43336

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I don't think adding a second train is going to be a big improvement to usability in the way that faster speeds would be. A downtown-to-downtown trip by plane and local transit takes about 4-5 hours, while the train is roughly 8 hours. The train is comfortable, but the carriages are dated and the fo...
by Tcmetro
November 27th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 96
Views: 9960

Re: E Line ABRT

Metro Transit has launched an E Line survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/E_Line_Corridor_Study There are three options for the north end of the route: 1: End at Washington and Hennepin 2: End at Stadium Village Green Line 3: End at Westgate Green Line There are six options for the south end of th...
by Tcmetro
November 27th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 69
Views: 5412

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I would imagine the whole thing will be called the Green Line. The Green Line as we know it was referred to as the "Central Corridor" during the planning phase. The Blue Line extension was initially known as the Northwest Corridor and was changed to Bottineau Corridor when Hennepin County renamed CR...
by Tcmetro
November 22nd, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Uber and Lyft are decimating bus ridership in bigger cities. Part of this is convenience, and part of it is related to traffic congestion. I also think that many offices are downsizing their space needs and working from home on some days is finally becoming a real option for many. Lastly, Metro Tran...
by Tcmetro
November 7th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit has posted the new schedules for Dec. 1, with pretty much everything discussed about before being included. The previous question about the 263 and 270 shows that it is a light restructure. 263 will be extended to the 61/CR C park and ride and the 270 will no longer stop there (save fo...
by Tcmetro
October 30th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2337
Views: 238167

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Typically, service changes aren't brought before the council. I'm not sure why they decided to put these potential service changes before the Transportation Committee (as a non-action presentation item) and subsequently remove from agenda. I believe the only changes that go before the committee and ...

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