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Old January 23rd, 2014, 08:51 AM   #181
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The opening day for the Interchange is



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Old January 23rd, 2014, 09:26 AM   #182
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And what date for new Amtrak services in St. Paul?
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 03:35 PM   #183
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And what date for new Amtrak services in St. Paul?

"What I can tell you is we will be making an announcement the week of Jan. 27 on Amtrak," said Deborah Carter McCoy, a spokeswoman for the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:00 PM   #184
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It is unfortunate that this line is not going through the denser parts of north Minneapolis and instead is opting for a route through parkland, forest and low density suburbia. Both this and the southwest line are complete failures in terms of serving the built up, walkable parts of the city where transit riders are most likely to live. I have no confidence in the competence of the Metropolitan Council when it comes to planning a rail transit system these days. The first two lines were good but now they seem to only want to build suburban commuter lines and have no interest in creating a system that makes car free living easier.

Bottineau and Southwest should both be cancelled until we have the leadership to do them right. Otherwise we are going to be stuck with poorly routed rail lines for the next 100+ years.
I understand your point, and mostly agree with it. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd rather see no transit than one that at points has poor alignment. But I do understand why you say that. There's subway expansion being planned in my city, and the alignments are very flawed when looking longer-term than just getting the one expansion-burst built within a relatively short time.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 10:54 PM   #185
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This one is from last month during Holidazzle, the train decorated internally with nice color scheme.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 12:32 AM   #186
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"What I can tell you is we will be making an announcement the week of Jan. 27 on Amtrak," said Deborah Carter McCoy, a spokeswoman for the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...transformation
In the meantime, the Union Depot will have to make do with Megabus:

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...ls-union-depot
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Old January 24th, 2014, 01:58 AM   #187
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As the article points out, that is unusual since Megabus tends to favor curbside locations instead of physical terminals (with the notable exceptions of Boston and Buffalo). Frankly, if the buses start in the Twin Cities area, Amtrak is no match for Megabus, since the Empire Builder which originates in Portland and Seattle is habitually late by the time it arrives in St Paul. There should be dedicated Chicago-St Paul train service, and the outlook for that becomes more positive once Amtrak moves to St Paul Union Depot.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 01:53 AM   #188
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A skyway view of the Union Depot Green Line station. The tracks beyond the station lead to the Operations and Maintenance Facility. Service starts on June 14th.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 05:10 PM   #189
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The president gave a speech at St Paul Union Depot yesterday.


President Barack Obama speaks at Union Depot in St. Paul's Lowertown Wednesday. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)
source: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...during-st-paul


Obama listens to Metro Transit officials during a quick tour of the light rail facilities at Union Depot in St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)
source: http://www.twincities.com/portlet/ar...shipId=5761061


President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, right, listen as Metro Transit’s Mark Fuhrmann shows them a ticket vending machine during a tour of the Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility on Wednesday in St. Paul. (AP photo: Jacquelyn Martin)
Source: http://finance-commerce.com/2014/02/...oads-railways/


President Barack Obama shakes hands with a worker as he and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tour the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and...2014-photo-day
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Old March 6th, 2014, 09:19 PM   #190
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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The central corridor LRT? Isn't that the Green line that's going to open this summer? So why have it on a short-list for federal funding for next year?
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The central corridor LRT? Isn't that the Green line that's going to open this summer? So why have it on a short-list for federal funding for next year?
No, maybe Central Avenue Streetcar, still in planning phase. It would run along Central Avenue NE from the Nicollet Avenue/Mall Line in Downtown Minneapolis to the Columbia Heights Transit Center
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The funding is for the line opening in June. FTA delivers payments yearly, not in a lump sum.
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As the article points out, that is unusual since Megabus tends to favor curbside locations instead of physical terminals (with the notable exceptions of Boston and Buffalo). There should be dedicated Chicago-St Paul train service, and the outlook for that becomes more positive once Amtrak moves to St Paul Union Depot.
It's good to have options. However, it's not clear what demographic such a train would serve: too expensive* for your average Megabus customer, yet too slow to compete with medium-haul airlines.

* Two-way bus ticket to Chicago $50, Time: 7 hours.
Two-way airfare $60-200, Time: 1 hour (4 hours when you account for the time to get to the airport, pass through security gates, etc).
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2014.05.07 is the announced date for start of Amtrak service to St Paul Union Depot

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For Minneapolis, Southwest LRT hits deal or no-deal time
April 13, 2014


Southwest LRT line map with tunnels, link


Susan Haigh, chair of the Metropolitan Council, left, listened to comments by council member Gary Cunningham before she called for a vote on the Southwest Corridor light-rail project

The Southwest Corridor light-rail project won a major victory last week, but now its supporters will learn whether Minneapolis will play spoiler.

To entice Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City Council to drop their opposition, Southwest supporters plan to offer new development around future Minneapolis light-rail stops and plenty of construction jobs, and to agree to explore bus and even streetcar links to the rail stations. So far, Minneapolis has resisted deals. Just a month ago, its City Council unanimously opposed a plan to spend $160 million to hide the light-rail line in tunnels to satisfy homeowners concerned about the noise and sight of trains running at ground level.

But cracks began to appear in that resistance last week after the Metropolitan Council, the agency overseeing the project, approved the tunnel plan as part of the $1.68 billion project. Now it goes to Minneapolis for its consent.

“It would be tough to vote no,” said newly elected Council Member Blong Yang, who represents part of north Minneapolis. “To reject Southwest LRT, I would definitely catch some negativity.”

The project could force Minneapolis officials to choose between their declared support for mass transit and influential Kenilworth corridor homeowners who object to the Southwest line running near their property.

“It is not clear that the general transit needs of the city have advocates who can match the heat generated by particular neighborhood interests on this issue,” said Carleton College political science Prof. Steven Schier.

Still, other Minneapolis City Council members who voted against the tunnels in March now say they’re keeping an open mind as they prepare to examine details of the project over the next couple of months.

The Southwest Corridor, the biggest transit project in the Twin Cities, is designed to run nearly 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, passing through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka. The federal government is expected to pay half the cost. Five metro counties will pay 40 percent, and the state is expected to kick in 10 percent.

But a fight over the tunnels and whether to reroute freight trains out of the Kenilworth corridor delayed the project last fall, increasing costs and pushing back the opening from 2018 to 2019.

Spotlight on Minneapolis

Southwest supporters are pressing for consent by the end of June from Minneapolis and the other four cities along the proposed route to meet a deadline imposed by the metro counties that are helping bankroll the project.

They have threatened to shift future funding to other transit projects if the deadline isn’t met.

Met Council officials say the agency has the power to push ahead without consent, but chairwoman Susan Haigh said she “cannot imagine” building the project without Minneapolis’ support. State law requires the Met Council and the five cities to hold public hearings on the plan in May.

A city that rejects it must offer alternatives, setting off negotiations with the agency.

But informal talks between the agency and the city are likely to begin in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s time to get the parties in the room together … and see what it is we can work out as an agreement to move the project forward,” said Met Council member Adam Duininck, who chairs the agency’s Transportation Committee.

“If the Met Council wants to have a conversation with Mayor Hodges, she’s open to having a conversation,” said Hodges’ spokeswoman, Kate Brickman. “She definitely cannot support this package as it stands today.”

Residents of the affluent Kenilworth corridor have criticized the Southwest route as not designed to serve poorer communities in north Minneapolis.

But some community groups in north Minneapolis came out last week in support of the project and called on Minneapolis to push for guarantees of high-quality bus service and development at three Minneapolis stations.

Duininck said he expects bus connections from the stations to the North Side to be on the front burner in discussions with the city. He said redeveloping areas around the stations “could be helped” by the Met Council and Hennepin County.

Open to talks

Yang said he doesn’t know how he’ll ultimately vote on the Southwest plan, but added, “Nothing’s ruled out at this point.”

“We have to just ask ourselves, ‘What’s going to be best for Minneapolis moving forward?’ ” he said. “If the … tunnels are what we get, then we have to make a tough decision on whether we want that or not.”

He said redeveloping areas near the stations and guaranteeing good bus service to his North Side constituents “would be very important” in reaching a decision. Yang also said it “would be tough” to turn away the federal funding available for the project.

New Council Member Lisa Bender, whose ward includes Uptown, also is undecided. She expects the City Council to initially deny consent, leading to some offers and perhaps guarantees, and is “very hopeful” of reaching a deal.

“I think improving transit access … to the Southwest light rail would absolutely help the city be able to support the proposal,” Bender said. “Enhanced transit connections are definitely part of what I will look at when I make my final decision.”

She’s been a supporter of streetcars on Nicollet to Central avenues and transit along the Midtown Greenway and Lake Street that could link the Hiawatha line with the future Southwest line.

But Yang and some members of the Met Council aren’t enthusiastic about streetcars, regarding them as inefficient and costly.

Duininck said there’s no Met Council money earmarked for streetcars, but the agency could commit to include streetcars in its long-range transit plans that would help the city get federal funding.

The City Council also is expected to face pressure from organized labor. Dan McConnell, business manager of the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, said he will meet with city officials to tout potential construction jobs.

And the Met Council has set a goal of hiring minorities for 32 percent of the work, a target some City Council members will find appealing.

Tunnel tension

The two tunnels planned for the Kenilworth corridor could prove divisive for the City Council. Planners offered them as an alternative to running 220 light-rail trains a day at ground level past homes in the hope of buying support from Minneapolis, but it hasn’t succeeded.

So some metro officials involved in the plan suggest shaving $55 million to $60 million off the project’s cost by digging a tunnel in the south end of the corridor but not the north.

“If it really is there to help get the votes to make this line happen … then I’d consider keeping it in,” Hopkins City Council Member Cheryl Youakim said of the north tunnel.

Eliminating the north tunnel would put trains at ground level longer.

But it also would allow a light-rail station to be built at 21st Street that could be reached by Franklin Avenue buses.

“There are communities along Franklin Avenue that really want to see a connection,” Bender said. “That was the only way they were going to be able to access the train.”
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New Target Field station with public square will open on the 17th May, from the webcam:



This is how will look like soon:

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Metro Green Line testing

Test Trains by MSPdude, on Flickr

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Green Line Testing on 4th St. by MSPdude, on Flickr

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very exciting to see it so close to opening!
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Some more pictures of Green Line

Around U of M area transit mall:

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Around new Vikings stadium

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Capitol Area

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