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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #281
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I have read about connecting St.Paul with Minneapolis by lightrail. Is there any news about that?

Btw, does anyone know what is difference between light rail and electric tramway? Is that the same thing?
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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:59 AM   #282
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The Minneapolis-St. Paul connection was completed on June 14th (?) and has been a HUGE success.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #283
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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
Why not connect it to Mall of America. And the Area Directly South of downtown is pretty dense, by the way.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #284
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i'm little bit outdated.. How long it takes to ride from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St.Paul? Half hour?
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Old October 30th, 2014, 01:17 AM   #285
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Currently the fastest I've heard Ivan is 35 minutes. They're still fixing the lights to make it even faster.

CN: They have light rail going down Hiawatha to the Mall of America. That area directly south of downtown is still Minneapolis. The border is 46th St station. There is a large business district in Bloomington that this will serve, also apartments also continue to grow in this area. Burnsville just isn't dense enough and is kind of on the tail end on this. Best Buy has its HQ right on this route. I just don't think that an LRT on this route would get much praise, especially from MnDot. Let's just see how BRT goes and then maybe someday.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 02:03 AM   #286
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Thanks for answer. I've been watching Minneapolis on Google. It's not that i know it like some other U.S. cities, but i've been watching. As i understood, Minneapolis has two major light rail lines and system is growing. It is nice to hear that line to St.Paul is finnished. It will contribute a lot to both cities. Maybe even merging in some distant future. Anyway, Minneapolis has left great impression on me. Especially because it is so much in the north. There must be lot of snow overthere during winter.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #287
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^Depends on what you mean by merging. If you mean the built up areas being conencted, they already are. If you mean a unified city government, I don't think people want that. There is iirc a regional level of government cooperation though doing, for exapmle, the transit.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:26 AM   #288
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Well Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding communities already cooperate with each other in regards to transportation funding, parks, waste water, planning through the Metropolitan Council.

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Honestly this is one advantage that the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has over places such as Kansas City, Dallas, or Atlanta where you have so many competing interests between the core city and the surrounding suburbs in regards to transportation funding and development that nothing ever gets done. More cities/metro areas should implement regional bodies that foster cooperation between various cities and/or suburbs.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #289
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New bus shelter in Minneapolis:


New bus shelter at University Ave & Lexington Pkwy serving Route 83 by metrotransitmn, on Flickr
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Old November 15th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #290
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I like the massive undertaking of WaHu housing in the background.

Stadium Village Station by metrotransitmn, on Flickr
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Old November 16th, 2014, 01:45 AM   #291
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That's a bus?????
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Old November 16th, 2014, 02:45 AM   #292
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That's a bus?????
For the elderly lol. This is a bus

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Old November 16th, 2014, 03:17 AM   #293
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Not just for the elderly. For very low-ridership routes like the 83 too.
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Old November 16th, 2014, 08:00 AM   #294
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Not just for the elderly. For very low-ridership routes like the 83 too.
That's a very good idea, provide low cost transit now and if the area is ever upzoned it allows for higher capacity transit to easily implemented.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 02:37 AM   #295
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I also think it is a good thing. There is no point in driving around oversized busses and such a small thing is better than nothing.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 02:45 AM   #296
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They are basically connector buses that shuttle passenger quickly between transit hubs. 1 or 2 buses per hour with limited stops.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 02:22 AM   #297
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Green Line ridership surges to another monthly record

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There have been 4,609,209 total rides on the Green Line since service began in June.It was another record month of ridership for the Green Line, the infant rail service connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis, transit officials said Monday
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Old November 18th, 2014, 03:54 AM   #298
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Allow me to put it this way

4,609,209 rides!
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Old November 18th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #299
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so we can expect it to transport the entire population of NYC before the year is up!!
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