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Old September 29th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #261
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he "didn't precisely like the two cities as such". gee, thanks.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 09:12 PM   #262
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What should be considered however ist that by using sounds and signals in an inflationary manner you discredit them. People are more likely to ignore them, not even deliberately but unintentionally. It is like the "mind the gap" warning, regular tube users do not even hear that line anymore, their brain just blanks it out, otherwise it would probably annoy them to madness.

So if a horn is really only used in the event of very real danger, everyone will turn around and be immediately very alarmed. If it is heard at every crossing people will barely hear it.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #263
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Old September 29th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #264
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The horn isn't at every crossing though, or even most of them. The blogger just noticed it because his hotel was next to an ungated crossing in the busiest pedestrian area of the city.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #265
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I took this picture a couple days ago. The Green Line is definitely helping to spur urban development around the University of Minnesota. Washington Ave is being transformed.

mplssept201437 by afsmps, on Flickr

This is looking in the other direction:

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Old September 30th, 2014, 12:16 AM   #266
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This is a nice photo as well. Warehouse District station

mplsjune201417 by afsmps, on Flickr
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Old September 30th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #267
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Thanks, I was going to focus on the areas around the Green Line for my next phototour, but I keep on getting distracted by other stuff to shoot.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 07:27 AM   #268
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Here is one from Robert Ball on Flickr.

St Paul Light Rail by lukibob17, on Flickr


MINNEAPOLIS--214, 1445 lv Washington Avenue Bridge OB by milantram, on Flickr

MINNEAPOLIS--229 lv East Bank IB by milantram, on Flickr

MINNEAPOLIS--243 appr Warehouse Discrict/Hennepin Avenue Station IB by milantram, on Flickr
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Old October 5th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #269
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Transit mall

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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:15 PM   #270
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How Minneapolis got transit right

Sweet article about MSP Green Line on CNN money

http://money.cnn.com/interactive/tec...ail/index.html
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Detailed plans on Nicollet Streetcar released; http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/gro...s1p-132173.pdf
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Old October 25th, 2014, 05:31 AM   #272
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Rush hour is a pretty cool time

No one rides the train... by grant.simons, on Flickr
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Old October 25th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #273
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Detailed plans on Nicollet Streetcar released; http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/gro...s1p-132173.pdf
As seen from my European high horse:

1. It's slaloming on Nicollet Mall. Are they f*cking kidding. Ridiculous.
2. Why is it does it share the lane with cars? Just put the tracks in the middle of street on their own right-of-way. There's no need for on street parking on a transit corridor like this, you can use the side streets for that. And even when there is space for a seperate auto-lane they choose to let them be able to ride on the tracks too.. why?
3. A loop/seperate one-way stops are not prefered if there's a better alternative.
4. The 3rd Street/Washington Ave./Hennepin Ave. section looks way too over-engineered and more complicated than necessary.


Anxiously waiting for a French-style light rail line North America.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #274
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As seen from my European high horse:

1. It's slaloming on Nicollet Mall. Are they f*cking kidding. Ridiculous.
2. Why is it does it share the lane with cars? Just put the tracks in the middle of street on their own right-of-way. There's no need for on street parking on a transit corridor like this, you can use the side streets for that. And even when there is space for a seperate auto-lane they choose to let them be able to ride on the tracks too.. why?
3. A loop/seperate one-way stops are not prefered if there's a better alternative.
4. The 3rd Street/Washington Ave./Hennepin Ave. section looks way too over-engineered and more complicated than necessary.


Anxiously waiting for a French-style light rail line North America.

Our light rail, and, BRTs are the result of politics, where property owners, and property owning LLCs determine the routing.

We have a schizophrenia where public transports needs are secondary to the will of those who fund elections.

With Federal for public transportation money largely locked up in Washington due to lobbyists and election money on a vast scale, little Federal moneys, and, equally important, little Federal power, is available to insist on good, metropolitan level efficiency at the local level.

I think that any good Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, or Korean metropolitan level rail transportation system design would, if implemented in the US, be far superior to any system outside NYC.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 11:34 PM   #275
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I think that any good Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, or Korean metropolitan level rail transportation system design would, if implemented in the US, be far superior to any system outside NYC.
And far cleaner than any system in NYC
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Old October 27th, 2014, 12:06 AM   #276
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Well, - with all my love to Italy - italian might be not cleaner
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Old October 27th, 2014, 06:27 AM   #277
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Milan is very clean. The rest of Italy, not so much
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Orange Line BRT Applies to Federal Funding Program



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The Metropolitan Council has applied to the Federal Transit Administration to begin the project development and engineering phase for the Orange Line from downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville. This work would occur in 2015 and 2016 in anticipation of a potential $70 million federal funding commitment. Federal funding is being sought through the Small Starts program, which provides annual capital grants to transit projects across the nation.
The total cost for the Orange Line project is estimated at $150 million in 2017 dollars.
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Since May 2014, $18 million of funding has been secured towards the implementation of METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit. This commitment will fund all project development, engineering, and environmental work through 2016, as well as part of construction. Funding sources and amounts are shown on the right.
http://metroorangeline.cmail1.com/t/...9F0E32AAFB68BF

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They should make it Light Rail instead, perhaps even a premetro
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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #280
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I wouldn't imagine it'd be too popular with MnDot to put LRT on one of their highways. Plus this is a very dense route but then the density drops fast past Minneapolis and Richfield so BRT kind of fits well. It could connect to to the Dan Patch Route if they turn west when they get into Burnsville. There few options and currently there are 2 LRT lines planned and 1 under study to be that or BRT (most likely LRT). A LRT going to Burnsville would be about as popular as the ACA is with tea party
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