I'm militant on bike infrastructure and in support for pretty much anything, but even I knew the "sharrows" on Hennepin would never work. I'd love to see a Bus (and maybe taxis as much as I hate them) only lane there especially if Nicolett [sic] buses get moved to Hennipen [sic]. The 1st ave lame pseudo cycle track would need to be improved though.Both would get the vehicle out of the weather and allow it to move without interference from peds, bicycles (Just talking about a Rte 6 ride stuck behind a bicycle on Hennepin, driver was late already and getting upset) auto and busses. A trolly or "BRT" will contend with all these things.
I wish the trolly/trolley/streetcar route would have taken 3rd ave or the river rather than Hennepin. I think it would have served St. Anthony Main better (and it needs it). Once over the river there is little difference between Hennepin or Central.I think the trolly will fit the 'eat street' and downtown section of Nicollet hand in glove, but Chauncey is right that sooner or later Minneapolis will need to go underground, it's how many poorly thought out 'compromise' systems that will physically or financially delay this that will be the question.
Undergrounds are added on to all the time, nothing says we need to build a several mile section.
This probably deserves a new thread, but where do people think Minneapolis's (or St. Paul for that matter) first "real" tunnel for transit will be. Hennepin downtown to Uptown? 5th/6th street downtown and bury current lines?