Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby intercomnut » December 14th, 2015, 9:41 am

Just heard an announcement at Govt Plaza Station that there was another accident at 46th Street Station. Can anyone confirm?

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby HuskyGrad » December 14th, 2015, 9:54 am

intercomnut wrote:Just heard an announcement at Govt Plaza Station that there was another accident at 46th Street Station. Can anyone confirm?
My wife says it looks like it since the trains are stopped, but couldn't tell what type of accident it was.
Melissa Colorado wrote:Not again! We're hearing reports that a @MetroTransitMN train hit a pedestrian in Minneapolis, 46th & Hiawatha. Heading there now to confirm
https://twitter.com/melissacolorado/sta ... 3057342464

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby LRV Op Dude » December 14th, 2015, 10:23 am

intercomnut wrote:Just heard an announcement at Govt Plaza Station that there was another accident at 46th Street Station. Can anyone confirm?
Train hit a pedestrian at 46th street. Train are now running but might experience delays.
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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby QuietBlue » December 14th, 2015, 12:26 pm

And now the Strib is reporting a second person was hit this morning as well about half an hour ago at the same station, with non-life threatening injuries.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby grant1simons2 » December 14th, 2015, 12:28 pm

This is getting weird

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby seanrichardryan » December 14th, 2015, 1:24 pm

Q. What, what? A. In da butt.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby David Greene » December 14th, 2015, 2:29 pm

What the hell is going on?

We've had LRT for over a decade now and in all that time I only recall ONE pedestrian death that was not a suicide. Did a bunch of new people just move into the neighborhood or something?

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby cooperrez » December 14th, 2015, 8:24 pm

I'm constantly cringing whenever I pass the 50th street station in the morning. It seems like there is always someone running to catch a train.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby Tiller » December 14th, 2015, 9:53 pm

The trains have become self-aware.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby intercomnut » December 15th, 2015, 2:28 am

Procrastinating on some finals work and found this document:
http://www.apta.com/members/memberprogr ... mittal.pdf

It's Metro Transit's application for a safety award for their Rail Compliance Testing Procedures. It's not a full SOP, but it gives you an idea of how complex operating the LRT system is as well as what actions are taken in certain emergencies. It's a fun read if you're a bit nerdy about LRT. It also seemed kind of relevant due to all the accidents this last week.

Also, fun fact, MT didn't have any formal procedures for testing compliance with rail rules until 2011. Before that, supervisors apparently just made up tests whenever they felt like it (i.e. "Did that operator open the doors on the correct side? Yes! Okay, did that operator honk the horn at the right time? No? Okay, I'll shoot my boss an email and he can take care of it if he wants to."). It took some joint training with BNSF for MT to realize that maybe they should create something a bit more formal than that.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby John21 » January 3rd, 2016, 6:30 pm

@MetroTransitMN
Due to incident near 32nd, METRO Blue Line may be delayed. Replacement buses transporting passengers between Franklin and 46th Street.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby EOst » January 3rd, 2016, 7:45 pm

Man in a wheelchair, now in critical condition. What a mess.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby grant1simons2 » January 3rd, 2016, 9:34 pm

He has died.

This is infuriating.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby David Greene » January 3rd, 2016, 11:08 pm

Sounds like he may have got stuck in the snow. Poor guy. So many things could have prevented this.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby trigonalmayhem » January 4th, 2016, 9:21 am

The design of that intersection is horrifically bad for pedestrians. It doesn't take much imagination to see how a poorly plowed section could be impassable to someone in a wheelchair. We really need an advocacy group with some good lawyers to sue the hell out of the city, county, state and met council over this. They can't even use the bullshit grandfathered excuse because this was built after the ADA.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby David Greene » January 4th, 2016, 10:40 am

What's strange about this is the Strib article mentions he wasn't alone. If he got stuck on the rails, why wouldn't someone help him? Perhaps he started crossing before the crossing signal activated but once in the intersection the gates started coming down and others were too afraid to go back in and get him?

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby RailBaronYarr » March 22nd, 2016, 9:05 am

Double posting this (also on 38th St thread in Mpls General)

http://www.startribune.com/bike-storage ... 373050521/

420 square foot indoor bike parking facility planned for the 38th St Station. Room for 53 bikes, costs $178k. Open year-round.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby intercomnut » March 24th, 2016, 7:34 am

A couple riders want metal detectors on LRT. KARE 11 runs with it and makes this non-story.

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby mulad » May 8th, 2016, 1:25 pm

A photo I took yesterday of track work occurring in the MSP airport tunnels, where they were single-tracking. The tracks were shifted out of the way to replace the supports underneath. They're blocks with what look like rubberized gaskets/boots surrounding them:

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IMAG0919 by Michael Hicks, on Flickr

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Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Postby HuskyGrad » May 9th, 2016, 7:46 am

mulad wrote:A photo I took yesterday of track work occurring in the MSP airport tunnels, where they were single-tracking. The tracks were shifted out of the way to replace the supports underneath. They're blocks with what look like rubberized gaskets/boots surrounding them:

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IMAG0919 by Michael Hicks, on Flickr

This type of track is called LVT or Low Vibration Track.
http://www.sonneville.com/low-vibration-track-lvt/


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