Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)
Posted: June 10th, 2014, 9:59 pm
How many of us will be riding and taking pictures like tourists all day Saturday and Sunday?
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It could be a limit of the amount of current that the overhead lines can supply. (i'm sure there would be a limit at some point) But I'm not sure that there would be an issue with three car trains.FISHMANPET wrote:Wouldn't acceleration/deceleration be the same for 1, 2, 3, or N car trains, since each car accelerates and decelerates itself?
I've noticed it included in the bus routes on the digital display (Bus routes X, Y, Z, & Green Line) but not audibly.Drizzay wrote:I don't remember ever hearing this: Is there an announcement on the Blue Line trains when traveling north and arriving at Downtown East/Metrodome station that this is the stop to transfer to a Green Line car if you want to go to St Paul?
There's nothing negative about that story. They are reporting facts. Facts that generally show that the line is being operated safely. The only operator that appeared to be doing something unusual is now back to driving buses. If anything, you're the one grasping at straws.mattaudio wrote:More grasping at straws by MPR this morning. Counting how many times drivers hit the e-brake during training runs, and adding drama. So glad I stopped giving them money. TPT needs it more anyways.
They provided full disclosure of their ongoing negotiations and simply reported facts, I don't think the e-brake article is problematic.mattaudio wrote:More grasping at straws by MPR this morning. Counting how many times drivers hit the e-brake during training runs, and adding drama. So glad I stopped giving them money. TPT needs it more anyways.
Long story short: people are stupid.According to the reports, motorists cited for running lights and making illegal turns, and pedestrians cited for jaywalking were responsible for the vast majority of the incidents. In one case, a cyclist "cut out" in front of a train in the middle of a snow storm.
Not exactly dirty laundry. Met Council provided this info openly and it's just a case of a driver not suited for trains.There were three incidents where a light rail operator pulled the emergency brake when no pedestrians, cyclists or other vehicles were present. All involved the same operator.
On April 6, the operator stopped the train "about quarter of the way" through the intersection of University and Wheeler. A few weeks later, the operator applied the emergency brake again in response to what he described as a "rapidly changing" traffic light in his report. And on May 19, during a rain storm, the operator used the emergency brake to stop at the Grotto St. intersection in St. Paul, citing "slippery rails."
That operator returned to his job as a bus driver in May.
I'll be out to get a few shots of the "first trains," but, unless the forecast greatly improves (as in sunny instead of cloudy) will probably leave documenting the early days of operation to when it clears up a little bit. Hope the rain/thunder doesn't hinder the opening day events too badly.Chava wrote:How many of us will be riding and taking pictures like tourists all day Saturday and Sunday?
They're testing the regular schedule with regular signage/announcements this week, so expect this to be the norm.\FISHMANPET wrote:They're running trains on campus like gangbusters right now, I definitely saw two trains going to Minneapolis with the Green Square and "Union Depot" as the destination on the sign.
I was over there for a few minutes today. Was I seeing things, or were trains coming through more often than every ten minutes?FISHMANPET wrote:They're running trains on campus like gangbusters right now, I definitely saw two trains going to Minneapolis with the Green Square and "Union Depot" as the destination on the sign.
I actually whipped out my phone to time it because I was a little surprised. Two went eastbound within the span of 7 minutes, with a third bringing up the rear two minutes later.FISHMANPET wrote:It felt super frequent to me. Even knowing that I'd see a train every 5 minutes if they were running full headways, it felt like I was seeing a train every couple of minutes. It felt like they were running at 5 minute headways.