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by helsinki
October 17th, 2012, 12:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Because all of those characteristics speak to mode. Yes, you can make a bus line seem a lot like a streetcar line. The point has been exhaustively made. When you stand next to a tram gliding away from the station or a bus roaring away from the curb, however, the distinction between the modes becomes...
by helsinki
October 17th, 2012, 11:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

I... still don't know who you're arguing against. And if we got $1 billion extra, we could build one LRT line, 16-33 miles of streetcar (based on $30-$60 million/mile) or more miles than that of some kind of better bus system. So let's stop with the mode fetishism and have a discussion about mobili...
by helsinki
October 17th, 2012, 3:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Either Mpls funds it or no trolleys. This need not be the case. Yes, the Met Council (through Metro Transit) would run any streetcar line. With CTIB funds already dedicated to other projects, this does create another obstacle to realizing streetcars. The city, however, is not the only possible fund...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 2:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Respectfully, I think this approach is too dogmatic. The distinction between local and regional isn't so blunt. Stops can be more widely spaced towards the fringe, more closely spaced in the center - like a German Stadtbahn (Hanover is a good example). Agreed, I would extend the line - have gigantic...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 1:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

There are a couple of things we have to remember about CTIB: 1. It is a regional tax. The counties and probably even the Metropolitan Council will be against regional money funding a local line. The streetcar network proposal will have effects on local trips but little effect on regional trips. The...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 10:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

I know; I got a bit carried away - the hyperbole reflects that. Still, I don't buy Walker's propulsion argument. Yes, you can have electric buses with catenary wires, sure. But nobody is talking about that option in Minneapolis. It's a red herring. I completely agree about the improved bus service o...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 9:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Well, what's the point of building a streetcar line (that has no funding sources) that will do the exact same thing as a bus (which can be built cheaper, and is more politically palatable?) If a funding source did exist (for example, FTA new starts has funded streetcar lines in recent years, the Co...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 8:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Honestly, if we can get a high quality Arterial BRT line at half the cost of a streetcar line, we can have a bigger network. No one has been serious about funding this streetcar network, and only recently has Metro Transit considered the idea of spending capital money to improve the high-ridership ...
by helsinki
October 16th, 2012, 7:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

For a man who is, like, totally down with streetcars, Mr. Walker puts a lot of effort into casting doubts as to their viability. I don't think the issue is so convoluted: in the long run, streetcars can carry far more people, using less (and cleaner) energy. The cost of fuel argument is important: g...
by helsinki
October 15th, 2012, 12:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 94116

Re: Northstar

As a career political operative in the conservative movement, Mrs. Meeks brings an agenda to this discussion colored by animus to transit. Highways are sinkholes for public funding in greater measure than our nascent rail transit system; I'm sure I94 didn't recoup its cost right away. We shouldn't s...
by helsinki
October 14th, 2012, 6:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34667

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

There seems to be a significant degree of skepticism here about pursuing a streetcar network in Minneapolis; many seem to prefer the less expensive (and seemingly more politically palatable) option of improving bus service or opting for BRT (the latter alternative doesn’t make sense to me, since thi...
by helsinki
October 12th, 2012, 5:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15258

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

The surface parking lots within walking distance only provide several thousand parking spots. Precisely. Nor will enough parking in the immediate vicinity ever be able to accomodate the influx of people seen on game days; arguments to the contrary (that we need parking near the stadium) are speciou...
by helsinki
October 11th, 2012, 9:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15258

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

Perhaps, although I have never understood this. Why must 80,000 people park within walking distance of the stadium? Why can't there be remote parking lots with free shuttle buses (as is practiced at innumerable locations, for instance at Disneyland). Basing development decisions around such trivial...
by helsinki
October 11th, 2012, 2:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15258

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

My family has lived in DTE for 8 years and I have always thought that the key to developing the neighborhood (making it imaginable for residential life / commercial activity) is improving the sidewalks and streetscape. In my opinion, this simply requires widening sidewalks, removing traffic lanes, ...
by helsinki
October 10th, 2012, 9:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1376
Views: 156900

Re: Nicollet Mall

They installed "underground heating pipes two centimetres in diameter laid 15 centimetres apart underneath the paving. Return water from the district heating system is utilised in heating the water-glycol mix that runs in the pipes." See the local newspaper article: http://www2.hs.fi/english/archive...
by helsinki
October 10th, 2012, 3:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1376
Views: 156900

Re: Nicollet Mall

I have always thought that Helsinki is a good model for Minneapolis. It is about half a million people, relatively isolated, with cold weather, a diversified economy (but still dependent on a few major employers - they have Nokia we have Target), sprawling and auto-dependent but conscious of the ben...
by helsinki
October 9th, 2012, 8:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15258

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

My family has lived in DTE for 8 years and I have always thought that the key to developing the neighborhood (making it imaginable for residential life / commercial activity) is improving the sidewalks and streetscape. In my opinion, this simply requires widening sidewalks, removing traffic lanes, a...
by helsinki
October 9th, 2012, 2:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4469
Views: 405863

Re: Southwest LRT

A little hyperbole- Don't have to be so 'concrete' ;) Start video and start adding-Bridges, including a 3000 footer? Tunnels? Even if you call them 'under-crossings' it's still going to be wildly expensive Perhaps this has already been mentioned, but it seems relevant; apparently it doesn't need to...

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