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Old September 19th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #241
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Expect ridership to grow further as the line spurs housing and commercial development along the corridor.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 08:00 AM   #242
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Ridership to go up by 10k in the next 5 years? I hope so!
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Old September 19th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #243
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Expect ridership to grow further as the line spurs housing and commercial development along the corridor.
Which will increase demand for more trains per hour which will increase use...
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Here is a break down of this milestone.




http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09...line-ridership
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:30 PM   #245
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I like how the two proposed extensions cut diagonally across the street grid.

How's ridership on the Red Line doing?

And, I vaguely recall that express bus service between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St Paul would be maintained. Is that right? If not, why not provide it, especially since Green Line ridership is so robust?
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Old September 21st, 2014, 10:47 PM   #246
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Route 94 was retained but off-peak and weekend service were reduced or eliminated in lieu of the light rail.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 07:29 AM   #247
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Isn't the Green Line one of the few (I think only) light rail line that operates 24 hours a day?
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 07:53 AM   #248
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The Green Line runs 24 hours a day. However, it's only 1 trip per hour between 1-4 am.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 09:31 AM   #249
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Rail-volution! Lets go!
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Would it be possible to have commuter rail lines connect the downtowns? That way there'd be a much faster option than the Green line for those travelling all the way.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #251
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Old September 25th, 2014, 09:20 PM   #252
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ROW...

Beauty on the Green Line by Central Corridor Funders Collaborative_CCFC, on Flickr
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Old September 27th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #253
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Here is Robert Schwandl from urbanrail blog about Twin Cities light rail. I like the fact that he tells like it is.

http://schwandl.blogspot.com/2014/09...ight-rail.html
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:45 AM   #254
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he sure spends a lot of time ranting about the bell sound of the lrt .
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Old September 28th, 2014, 07:01 AM   #255
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^ I could only find 3 sentences.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #256
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That's three too many
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Old September 28th, 2014, 04:03 PM   #257
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I was expecting half a page or something lol! I can see why wouldn't like it if you're a fan of train sounds but for the typical person the remarks were quite relevant as that definitely does sound rather irritating.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #258
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Google is my friend, lol:

Officials pleased with bus rapid transit numbers

"After the first two months of service, daily (Red Line) ridership is at 835 each weekday, which is 86 percent of the line’s goal by the end of the first full year of service (975) and halfway toward its 2017 goal (1,600).

"The service averages 480 riders on weekend days after the first two months.

"Both of these averages have risen as of July 19 when daily weekday ridership was 798 and weekend day ridership was 450."

Gee, I dunno. That big of an increase by 2017 seems like an ambitious goal. However:

"Another improvement that would reduce the current 30-minute ride time from Apple Valley to Bloomington is being reviewed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

"The project would create a dedicated bus-only, off- and on-ramp to the Cedar Grove Transit Station in Eagan."
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Old September 28th, 2014, 04:39 PM   #259
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That's three too many
Not really. As an American you're just used to the ridiculous amount of train horns and noise pollution it causes. Imagine every train everywhere not having to blow its horn or ring its bell on every crossing or at every station. Imagine the LRT bells only being used at non-gated crossings and/or only one time ring to raise awareness, and horns only in seriously dangerous situations. It would be so much quieter.

That's what happens in other places around the world.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #260
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USA is not the "rest of the world". Pedestrians and drivers here are not used to being in a mixed traffic with trains. Accidents do happen. Only a few weeks ago a pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing the tracks illegally. Another one was injured a few days ago when they attempted to clear the tracks in front of the train. The horn is a nuisance but also a necessity that saves lives.

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