Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby acs » February 9th, 2018, 10:12 am

Multimodal wrote:
February 9th, 2018, 8:45 am
Headline: CRISIS!

Article: This is a normal and expected situation.

Result: clickbait.
It's why I wait for a Strib article before reacting to things like this.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby FISHMANPET » February 9th, 2018, 12:15 pm

It gave the TV news an opportunity to interview a Republican and let him talk about how LRT is a Bad Investment so there's that.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby sean » April 16th, 2018, 2:39 pm

Hennepin County has an interactive map where you can leave notes about walking and biking around the station areas.

In the Golden Valley station area I am pulling for a better connection between Theodore Wirth Park and Sochacki Park, which is directly to Theo Wirth's north. Biking from Theo Wirth through Sochacki eventually lands you in downtown Robbinsdale, and it is a nice ride if you haven't already tried it. It is a little less traveled than sticking to Theo Wirth Parkway because you currently need to ride down Golden Valley Rd for a couple blocks to get into the park.

There has also been discussion about better bike facilities down Golden Valley Rd, which is a county road. Hopefully some improvements can be made here as part of the station area planning so that people can safely get to the station from both Golden Valley and North Minneapolis.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby sean » April 26th, 2018, 4:48 pm

BNSF's position towards sharing the corridor with passenger rail remains unchanged. http://www.startribune.com/railroad-not ... 480996701/
Star Tribune wrote:An executive with BNSF Railway has told the Metropolitan Council — again — that the company is not interested in sharing its rail corridor with the proposed $1.5 billion Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project.

In an April 24 letter, Richard E. Weicher, BNSF's vice president and senior general counsel, said the Texas-based rail company is "not prepared to proceed with any discussion of passenger rail in this corridor at this time." The letter was addressed to Daniel Soler, the Bottineau Blue Line's project director.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby kirby96 » April 26th, 2018, 5:59 pm

So this is four months after they initially put forward the same statement. At that time some responses here suggested this was normal course of business stuff. Is that still valid? Seems like at the very least four months have passed with no progress, which doesn’t sound good...

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby VacantLuxuries » April 26th, 2018, 6:37 pm

Alright, who wants to write the email to Buffett and take a trip out to Omaha for coffee?

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby VacantLuxuries » August 15th, 2018, 3:34 pm

The last four Corridor Management Committee meetings have been cancelled. I'm starting to think this might be in trouble.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby David Greene » August 15th, 2018, 4:08 pm

I'm wondering how much the Trump administration is playing into the silence on this and SWLRT.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby Tcmetro » August 15th, 2018, 6:53 pm

Isn't the Blue Line extension still in engineering?

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby Oreos&Milk » August 16th, 2018, 12:08 am

It needs to be remained "Trump Express line" and this proposal needs to be titled "Make Minnesota Great Again" and then we can have a good shot at getting it passed. ......and no, I am not being sarcastic, totally serious on this one. :( We need to do what it takes to get it done. A few years into construction of both lines we can talk about changing the name again before it opens.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby DanPatchToget » August 16th, 2018, 1:59 am

Has Trump ever been supportive of public transit? I shouldn't assume, but I never have high hopes that a Republican will support transit investments, especially a light rail line.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby Qhaberl » August 16th, 2018, 6:43 am

I’m not sure exactly what they mean by “share”

If the tracks are shared with freight rail and light rail, will that not mean that light rail is always stuck behind freight trains? No way these companies would give light rail the right-of-way.

Am I totally misunderstanding what they mean by Share?


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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby Tcmetro » August 16th, 2018, 7:05 am

The corridor is owned by the railroad. The railroad would have to allow the Met Council to build within that corridor. They wouldn't want to for a number of reasons, mainly loss of space for future expansion or liability/insurance costs if an accident were to occur.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby DanPatchToget » August 16th, 2018, 7:09 am

I'm thinking liability/insurance costs are 100% the reason why BNSF doesn't want to share land. This is a branch line with only one train per day, and the only way I could see traffic increase on this line is CP detouring trains from their mainline onto the BNSF line, which was planned a few years ago but Crystal and Hennepin County blocked that.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby Tcmetro » August 16th, 2018, 8:55 am

They could have planned to use Bottineau Blvd, but too late now that the entire thing has been reconstructed.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby mattaudio » August 17th, 2018, 9:48 am

It's almost like we're absolutely awful at how we get rail transit projects accomplished.

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby HiawathaGuy » September 7th, 2018, 3:03 pm

This is beyond annoying...
BNSF Railway is playing HARDBALL!

Bottineau LRT construction delayed until 2020 (if ever)

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby David Greene » September 7th, 2018, 3:10 pm

Time to look at W. Broadway and terminating in Robbinsdale?

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Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Postby VacantLuxuries » September 7th, 2018, 3:12 pm

I wish at this point Met Council would be willing to take a step back and say "You know what, we screwed up assuming BNSF would cooperate, let's not waste any more time fighting with them and come up with a different plan."

Terminate in Robbinsdale, let Target pay for the expansion north if they really want their campus connected by rail.


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