mattaudio wrote: ↑
June 15th, 2018, 9:49 am
Agreed, with the possible exception of Midtown Corridor. But with dedicated ROW and likely built to accommodate larger LRVs, Midtown Corridor would functionally be more LRT than streetcar. So the point stands!
I cannot understand why people keep referring to the Midtown rail proposal as a streetcar. It would run in a dedicated ROW, it would connect directly with two light rail lines, it's not a streetcar, it doesn't deserve to be called a streetcar, it's a light rail project. I know this is a pedantic point to make. But I make it because when I see the word "streetcar" in a public document, I assume that decision makers aren't taking whatever is being proposed seriously as a transportation investment, and are interested in it for other, dumb reasons like spurring development.
Back on the aBRT discussion, I think it'll be interesting to see how the E-Line shakes out. A few pages earlier there was a discussion about whether the route should continue to the University (duh) and down either France or Xerxes (France is the obvious choice, imo) to Southdale. But if the D and E lines end up through-running downtown, I think it'd be worth a look to through-run the C-Line down Cedar Avenue all the way to the Mall. With the C and D lines making NW-SE movements through downtown, there's clear justification for transit priority lanes on 7th and 8th Streets, just as there are in the perpendicular direction on Marquette and 2nd Ave, which should reduce any concern about through-running routes racking up delays in downtown.