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Old January 14th, 2015, 12:19 PM   #321
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Video about A Line BRT along Snelling Avenue:

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Old January 14th, 2015, 09:59 PM   #322
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That's not a BRT line!
They branded it BRT but in fact its a normal bus. NEw shelters and ticketing at the bus stop, that's all. BRT needs at least separate lanes.
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Old January 14th, 2015, 10:22 PM   #323
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It has a completely independent ROW! How Does that not make it BRT?
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Old January 14th, 2015, 10:50 PM   #324
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No it doesn't. Did you even watch the video?
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Old January 16th, 2015, 04:04 AM   #325
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Oh I'm sorry I posted that in the wrong forum
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Old February 4th, 2015, 03:41 PM   #326
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Obama budget funds Southwest LRT — if everything goes right

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WASHINGTON — There was some good news for Minnesota’s planned Southwest LRT project buried in President Obama’s 2016 budget request on Monday: he wants to give the line $150 million to begin construction next year.
But getting that cash will require everything to work out just right.
Plans call for the federal government to provide half the funds needed to build the $1.68 billion light rail line, which would stretch from Target Field to Eden Prairie, with the state (10 percent), metro area (30 percent) and Hennepin County (10 percent) picking up the rest of the tab. The budget request seems to be a major step toward making that line a reality — and it is, assuming all goes as planned. But Obama wants to fund the line as part of a big increase in federal mass transit spending, which could be a complicated matter on Capitol Hill.



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Old February 5th, 2015, 04:09 AM   #327
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Office for Blue Line Extension is open:

http://www.metrocouncil.org/METC/fil...6a9b1b5c5b.pdf
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Old February 5th, 2015, 04:41 AM   #328
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Ok. Please don't screw this one up.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 05:08 AM   #329
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Sweet, finally
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Old February 5th, 2015, 10:45 AM   #330
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So if things line up right, we could see both lines getting extended past their current joint endpoind in DT Minneapolis? sweet.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 11:17 AM   #331
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Metro Transit Blue Line passes 100 million rider mark

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With ridership on the Blue Line light rail passing the 100 million mark, Metro Transit decided to celebrate Thursday.
Mascots “A” and “B” boarded a northbound train at the 46th Street Station and rode to Government Center Plaza to draw attention to the milestone and a contest to mark it.
Through Feb. 19, customers can post old and new photos highlighting trips taken on the light-rail line to Metro Transit’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Two randomly selected winners will get a $100 Go-To Card.
http://www.startribune.com/local/south/290997711.html

http://www.metrotransit.org/celebrat...-rides-with-us

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Old July 1st, 2015, 06:55 AM   #332
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As seen from my European high horse:

1. It's slaloming on Nicollet Mall. Are they f*cking kidding. Ridiculous.
I know this was posted a while ago - but here is why:
It's hard to notice from the ground, but the actual street of Nicollet Mall slaloms - they aren't making the light rail slalom in an existing street.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 09:36 PM   #333
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Eastern alignment tweaked for Gateway BRT

Gateway BRT aka Gold Line's alignment has finally been tweaked and is set to be recommended for preferred route. Gold line will run 12 miles from downtown St. Paul to Lake Elmo / Woodbury. This is going to be metro's third BRT after Red Line and Orange Line.

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Officials have refined the eastern portion of the alignment for the Gateway bus rapid transit line from St. Paul to Woodbury.


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http://www.thegatewaycorridor.com/ht...y-corridor.php
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Old August 18th, 2015, 10:12 PM   #334
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And to give you an idea how lines are aligned in the metro as a whole here is a map of TC transit. Solid lines are alignments that are completed and is up and running where as dotted lines are planned or is about to start construction. Northstar is light blue three stripe linear line running northwest. The map doesn't include planned streetcar, arterial BRT, Riverview Corridor LRT and other mode of transit like commuter or HSR lines.

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First Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Minneapolis

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

Light Rail
Minneapolis / Metro LRT - 62,000 (2015)

Commuter Rail
Minneapolis Suburbs / Northstar - 2,300 (2015)

Bus
Minneapolis / Metro Transit - 207,800 (2015)
Burnsville / Minnesota Valley Transit - 10,700 (2015)
St. Cloud / St. Cloud Metrop Trans Comm - 8,900 (2015)
Eden Prairie / Southwest Metro Transit - 4,000 (2015)
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Old September 16th, 2015, 06:14 PM   #336
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It is unfortunate that the Southwest and Bottineau lines completely bypass nearby urban sections of Minneapolis (Uptown and the North Side) and are focused entirely on suburban commuters. I think once they are built it will become apparent that this was a mistake, or at least a lost opportunity. Whenever I ride the Hiawatha line at midday I am struck by how much use it gets just from non commuters moving around the city. If I recall correctly the federal cost benefit analysis mechanism gives less credence to those types of trips.
At present, most people live in suburbia. For succesful transit system, it is necessary to have rail rapid transit deep into suburbs. The population of MSP metropolitan area generate more then 7.000.000 movements a day, and public transport is less then 5% of that movements.

If ridership wouldn't be so high, to justify double track light rail, it is possible to start with one track light rail, or to use a freight railway to make hybrid regional light rail (in denser, central parts of the city on street light rail, commuter train from access to the freight railroad, to far suburbs.
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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.
USA railways are much different then european railways, and there is more difficulties to implement commuter rail:
1) MSP has 14 radial railroads in use, and few more abondoned. But only the railroad to St Cloud is (not at all) doubletracked.
2) Throughput capacity of the railroads is much lower than in Europe. The reason is: USA freight companies found out the most cost-effective to have low number of very heavy very long freight trains. Cross stations are sometimes 50km or more from each other.
3) Unnecessary acceleration and slowing of the heavy freight trains generate extra-costs to freight companies. Freight companies run most of freight trains without fixed schedule. In that case, freight companies sales the right for use for only a few hours a day, and in those hours freight transport is suspended or limited. Public transport companies try to choose only rush hours, in more loaded direction. With this kind of service rolling stocks and crew makes only 100-160km a day, the platforms are used only few hours a day, cost per passenger is higher, and development effect is limited.
4) In Europe, dispeachers from state companies operate with train traffic. In USA dispeachers are from freight companies, sometimes not ready to operate passenger trains on time, sometimes under pressure from freight company.

In long term, the commuter rail may have the main roll in transport in metropolitan area. Continuosly inhabited area has radius 25-30km (15-20miles) and only commuter rail could offer 30-40 mph average speed necessary for sustainable economy and development (in long term). Conception of service must be much different to the most of present USA commuter rail systems. I recommend the crosscity lines, for example:

Long Lake – Wayzata – Minnetonka Mills – Coblecrest – Blackstone – Target Fields – St Anthony East – Stadium Village Station – Midway Station – Snelling Hamline – Summit Hill – West Seventh – St Paul Union Depot – Newport – St Paul Park – Cottage Grove – Prescott.

Not less then 1 train per hour must be standard for non rush hours and weekends, in further development 2-4 trains per hour in non rush hours and weekends. The most of tracks must be separeted from freight traffic, in few stages etc.

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Single-day LRT ridership tops 100K for first time

Minor milestone on Metro Transit LRT ridership.

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Single-day ridership on the METRO Green and Blue lines recently topped 100,000 for the first time ever.

The milestone came on Saturday, Sept. 3, when there were a combined 100,909 light-rail rides. Nearly 64,000 rides were provided on the Green Line that day, while almost 37,000 rides were provided on the Blue Line.
http://www.metrotransit.org/single-d...for-first-time
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 07:02 PM   #338
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From Rail Journal:

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Minneapolis launches tender for 27 LRVs
Friday, October 02, 2015



MINNEAPOLIS St Paul Metropolitan Council Environmental Services has published a tender notice for a contract to supply 27 low-floor LRVs with an option for 50 more, even though Metro Transit still has options remaining on an existing contract with Siemens

Metro Transit awarded Siemens a contract in 2010 to supply up 109 S70 LRVs, with an initial order for 31 vehicles for the Green Line and 10 to expand the Blue Line fleet. In 2013 Metro Transit exercised an option for 18 additional S70s and at the end of September it took up a second option for five more vehicles. This means the agency still has options on 45 more Siemens vehicles

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Old October 2nd, 2015, 08:10 PM   #339
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Um, aren't the current lines high-floor?
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