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Old October 25th, 2015, 09:50 AM   #341
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LRT Blue Line Trains at the Mall of America Parkade

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Old November 5th, 2015, 03:55 PM   #342
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Second Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Minneapolis

Light Rail
Minneapolis / Metro LRT - 69,100 (2015) : 89.33% +

Commuter Rail
Minneapolis Suburbs / Northstar - 2,600 (2015) : 1.44% +

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Minneapolis / Metro Transit - 206,400 (2015) : -11.04%
Burnsville / Minnesota Valley Transit - 10,800 (2015) : 4.85% +
St. Cloud / St. Cloud Metrop Trans Comm - 6,400 (2015) : -6.01%
Eden Prairie / Southwest Metro Transit - 3,900 (2015) : -0.47%
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Old November 24th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #343
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Update on Snelling Avenue BRT in Saint Paul, Minnesota

http://www.twincities.com/transporta...us-line-coming


A near-completed A Line station on the corner of Snelling Avenue and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. (Photo by Youssef Rddad)


http://www.metrotransit.org/a-line-project
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Old December 16th, 2015, 12:46 PM   #344
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A peek at A Line Arterial BRT bus

First A Line Bus Rapid Transit bus has arrived by Metro Transit, on Flickr

First A Line Bus Rapid Transit bus has arrived by Metro Transit, on Flickr

First A Line Bus Rapid Transit bus has arrived by Metro Transit, on Flickr

First A Line Bus Rapid Transit bus has arrived by Metro Transit, on Flickr

First A Line Bus Rapid Transit bus has arrived by Metro Transit, on Flickr
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Old January 1st, 2016, 11:18 PM   #345
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Green Line extension update



Over 80 percent of local funding for Southwest LRT in place

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Plan for securing remaining local funds by June 2016


The Metropolitan Council is working with the state and project partners on transportation funding in the 2016 legislative session for the remaining $135 million state share of the cost to build the proposed Southwest LRT line.


The Council made significant progress on the project in 2015. Early in the year, President Obama recommended the project for a Full Funding Grant Agreement in his 2016 budget. Strong local support was shown throughout the municipal consent process that ended in September. Project design was 60 percent complete in fall 2015. Met Council submitted its notice to the Federal Transit Administration regarding its intent to apply for entry into Engineering in mid-2016.
http://content.govdelivery.com/accou...letins/12d4d8a

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Here is video of Green Line Extension

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Old January 1st, 2016, 11:49 PM   #346
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Why the heck are they again building on-grade crossings!
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 12:39 AM   #347
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Why the heck are they again building on-grade crossings!
Because there isn't enough traffic on the crossing streets to justify the considerable expense of grade separation?
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The proposed line will cost 1.7 billion , so it should be fully grade separated...
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 09:58 PM   #349
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Metro Blue Line Extension update

December 2015 newsletter.
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Metropolitan Council approves refined 11-station scope and
$1.496 billion cost estimate for Blue Line Extension project
Metropolitan Council members in early December approved
a project scope with 11 stations and a $1.496 billion cost estimate
for the planned METRO Blue Line Extension.
The updated project scope includes necessary infrastructure
adjustments, focused on addressing safety concerns, as well
as potential traffic and floodplain impacts for the 13-mile line,
which promises to connect thousands of residents in the corridor
with jobs.

http://www.metrocouncil.org/Transpor...(December.aspx





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Old January 3rd, 2016, 11:22 PM   #350
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That blue line extension is just as flawed as the Green Line extension. Skipping over Dense neighborhoods for a ex-urban alignment.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 12:07 AM   #351
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The proposed line will cost 1.7 billion , so it should be fully grade separated...
I suppose the question is, how much more would it cost if it were?
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Old January 4th, 2016, 01:31 AM   #352
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I suppose the question is, how much more would it cost if it were?
It would assume it would be the same , this line should cost less then 1.7 billion...considering its not fully grade separated and skips over the denser urbanized areas...
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Old January 5th, 2016, 07:28 AM   #353
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3rd Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Minneapolis

Light Rail
Minneapolis / Metro LRT - 72,900 (2015) : 11.23% +

Commuter Rail
Minneapolis Suburbs / Northstar - 2,800 (2015) : -0.94%

Bus
Minneapolis / Metro Transit - 203,300 (2015) : -7.35%
Burnsville / Minnesota Valley Transit - 10,600 (2015) : 4.29%
St. Cloud / St. Cloud Metrop Trans Comm - 6,500 (2015) : -7.24%
Eden Prairie / Southwest Metro Transit - 5,600 (2015) : 1.83%
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This bus will be used on Snelling BRT (opening later this year).
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2015 ridership numbers released



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In all, more than 10.6 million rides were taken on the Blue Line, the highest annual ridership since it opened in mid-2004. The previous record of nearly 10.5 million rides was set in 2010. Average weekday ridership topped 30,000 for eight consecutive months.

Nearly 12.4 million rides were taken on the Green Line during its first full year of operation. Average weekday ridership was 37,400 – just under the 2030 forecast of 41,000 rides. Ridership in the Central Corridor, including the Green Line and bus routes 16 and 94, increased by about 30 percent from 2014 to 2015 and has nearly doubled since 2013, when service was provided by buses alone.
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source: http://www.metrotransit.org/metro-tr...illion-in-2015
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New bus service began on 2016.01.19 between Shakopee and Maple Grove in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities



http://www.mvta.com/news/shakopee-ma...unches-jan-19/



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Proposed passenger rail line between Twin Cities and Rochester, MN has been cancelled.

http://www.startribune.com/mndot-sus...ect/366787621/
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Old January 29th, 2016, 09:07 PM   #359
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I've only recently become interested in Twin Cities transportation and have a few newbie questions. Can someone explain to me how a transit route gets a color vs. letter designation?

Blue Line=LRT
Green Line=LRT
Orange Line=BRT
Red Line=BRT ?
A Line (Snelling)=Arterial BRT ?
C Line (Penn)=Arterial BRT ?

Is there a difference between BRT and Arterial BRT? Also, why is there no "B Line"?
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Old January 30th, 2016, 04:52 AM   #360
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Color = Metro lines (grade separated light rail and highway BRT)
Letter Designations = Arterial "BRT" Buses (BRT in this case is pure marketing. It is just a nicer, more frequent bus with several enhancements)

B line was planned for West 7th St between Downtown St. Paul, MSP and MOA. However, it was put on hold pending the Riverview Corridor study on potential light rail.

More info here:

http://www.metrotransit.org/abrt-study
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