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Old November 18th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #301
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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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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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They are basically connector buses that shuttle passenger quickly between transit hubs. 1 or 2 buses per hour with limited stops.
baha I realise this. Just having a dig, as most countries have mini-buses, not a truck with a cabin attached on the back
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 01:11 AM   #302
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New rapid busway for I-35W gets OK from feds



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A bus rapid transit route that will run on one of the state’s busiest roadways received federal approval Friday to begin to be developed.
It was a critical step forward for the Orange Line, which will connect residents in Bloomington, Burnsville, Minneapolis and Richfield to job and retail hubs. It is expected to begin operating in 2019.
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Old November 30th, 2014, 09:59 PM   #303
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Here are pictures of Orange Line BRT stop at I-35W & 46th St. This project is being piece mealed together so the station is ready to go even before the official construction for line has begun. The service is expected to start in 2019. By the way these pictures were taken few years ago.

Aerial shot of the I-35W & 46th Street Station by metrotransitmn, on Flickr

I-35W & 46th Street Station by metrotransitmn, on Flickr

I-35W & 46th Street Station by metrotransitmn, on Flickr
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Old December 1st, 2014, 07:42 AM   #304
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They should really Cap over the Depressed sections of I-35...and reunite the neighborhood.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 10:05 AM   #305
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Yes they should, Nexis.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:41 AM   #306
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Or at least cap it for 20 meters to either side of that bridge. Then build shops on that cap. Like so:

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Also: if that station is already there: do any buses use it already?
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While it would be nice, such a project would cost hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. I don't believe it's feasible in the near term. A local architecture school proposed a smaller cap over I35W downtown: http://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/20...-stretch-i-35w

However, existing pedestrian facilities are being upgraded in several places right now.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:59 AM   #308
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Also: if that station is already there: do any buses use it already?
The HOW lane and stations are currently being used by suburban express routes.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 08:25 AM   #309
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They should really Cap over the Depressed sections of I-35...and reunite the neighborhood.
It's actually I-35W (I-35 branches off into two separate interstates through each of the Twin Cities), and it stretches all the way through South Minneapolis in a trench for several miles. It would be astronomically expensive (if not impossible) to cap the whole thing.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 08:30 AM   #310
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Or at least cap it for 20 meters to either side of that bridge.
There are 10 overpasses that cross I-35W just through South Minneapolis alone...why not cap all of those, too? If only money grew on trees...
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At least a study could be done looking for which overpass might maybe be profitable to upgrade to a short commercial street. It has been done elsewhere, surely it should be possible to at least see if it would make sense to try at one location?
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Old December 6th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #312
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MMI advertising on Metro Trains. Sorry about the image size.

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Old December 9th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #313
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SWLRT engineering to be led by AECOM
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Preliminary engineering plans— which reflect 30 percent of the design — were completed in September and the next phase of engineering will start once contracts are finalized this month, Alexander said. The AECOM-led team will take the designs from 30 percent to completion and assist with engineering activities during construction and the opening of the line, anticipated in 2019.

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Old December 19th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #314
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Or at least cap it for 20 meters to either side of that bridge. Then build shops on that cap. Like so:

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Also: if that station is already there: do any buses use it already?
Does not seem like a great retail location. Limited parking, no docking doors for truck delivery, and increased rent cost because of expensive construction costs. It's a great concept but not always very desirable concept when build able space exists in the same market space.

Now if only somebody could design a plan that gives the retailer an advantage! For example some freeway toll roads have freeway only exits where drivers can fuel up and get a bite to eat at several fast food places. I stopped at one of these a long long time ago while on a family vacation. It was weird because it felt exclusive considering it was only accessible from the toll freeway, yet it provided an advantage for the retailers. Tons of drivers not wanting to exit the toll road just yet needing fuel and food would be greatly encouraged to become customers at the shops.

If the freeway cap you are suggesting is built it may not be very successful, although if some type of advantage were to make it profitable then perhaps it could easily become a reality!
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The apta ridership statistics for Q3 have been released

http://www.apta.com/resources/statis...rship-APTA.pdf


According to that, Minneapolis-Saint Paul had an increase of over 100% with a total for the quarter of 5636900 boardings vs 2806000 for Q3 2013 with an average of 64100 riders on weekdays. Putting it at the 10th place, after Salt Lake when considering weekday ridership, and on the 9th place considering total ridership for the trimester (excluding NJ Transit) ahead of Salt Lake and after Denver.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #316
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27,000/day? I think it'll be much higher than that! This area is screaming for a light rail line. The line runs along an area that is somewhat suburban in nature. But, I know that, at least in Robbinsdale, people are excited and ready for this! It's time to bring back this area as a streetcar suburb. We've already got the main st (Broadway) for it! Let's get this thing going!!!
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Old December 19th, 2014, 08:20 PM   #317
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Does not seem like a great retail location. Limited parking, no docking doors for truck delivery, and increased rent cost because of expensive construction costs. It's a great concept but not always very desirable concept when build able space exists in the same market space.
So grow the cap.

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Now if only somebody could design a plan that gives the retailer an advantage! For example some freeway toll roads have freeway only exits where drivers can fuel up and get a bite to eat at several fast food places. I stopped at one of these a long long time ago while on a family vacation. It was weird because it felt exclusive considering it was only accessible from the toll freeway, yet it provided an advantage for the retailers. Tons of drivers not wanting to exit the toll road just yet needing fuel and food would be greatly encouraged to become customers at the shops.
We call those rest area. And they're really not that exclusive once you get used to them.

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Old January 9th, 2015, 12:40 AM   #319
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Bloomington, MN - Blue Line

28th Avenue Station


source: wikipedia user Collin Knopp-Schwyn (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...nuary_2015.jpg)

Bloomington Central Station


source: wikipedia user Collin Knopp-Schwyn (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...nuary_2015.jpg)
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Old January 10th, 2015, 12:48 AM   #320
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Target Field Station wins national architecture award

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The new Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis is gaining national recognition as a recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
Read more: http://finance-commerce.com/2015/01/...#ixzz3OMnvBpW8



We could see some delay on this project...

http://www.startribune.com/politics/...287870451.html

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01...est-light-rail
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