rhettcarlson wrote: ↑
August 22nd, 2019, 4:08 pm
Neel Kashkari was on WCCO radio this morning and was asked about the ramp. He reiterated that they have a parking problem (lol) and said something to the effect of "we're not done yet." Very ominous.
So ridiculous, there is literally a parking ramp another government group wants to tear down. We would be better off letting them use that instead of building a new ramp. Tearing it down to make a wider connection to the riverfront don't seem that amazing of a plan that it be worth wasting money tearing it down now. A skyway connection from Churchill to post office, and then a underground private tunnel to the Reserve Bank would be cheaper than building a whole new ramp, and another government organization tearing that ramp down to build park space to connect to the river. In return they can utilize the space in front of the bank to be a step down space to the riverfront. Then they can long term sell that space for development and then require them give the option to provide more parking space into that development if they still need more by the time that site is ready to be developed, and if the existing USPS ramp is getting to old.
Never gonna happen, but we would be far better off.
As for the Parking ramp shuttle idea I think that is a good idea, but what is even better is if we can have our METRO/RAPID transit network do that same grunt work without added cost.
A Ramp is going to be serviced by C, D and Broadway BRT lines, B Ramp is serviced by the METRO Green/Blue via a 1.5 block walk, I think creating a new station between 2nd Ave N and 3rd Ave N would MUCH better serve commuters AND the transit users that use those routes that stop at that little bus station there. Plus it would help serve the C Ramp commuters. That helps them get more eastward. However unfortunately I just don't think those that choose to drive and park are to wanting to hop on the bus for the last little bit. I mean if anything they could park at the Walker Art Center and ride the existing frequent bus service down Hennepin (on detour now) Ave. and just use that to get to the Reserve Bank instead of the dreaded walk, plus it be far cheaper.
Come to think of it, it's a bit obnoxious focusing attention on those who choose to drive into downtown and not willing to walk more than 4 blocks to there workplace. I mean this is AMERICA isn't it? Why have we not invented drive thru offices where you can work and just stay in your car in the parking ramp, there by not even having to unlock the car door and step outside of your own car!