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Old January 30th, 2016, 08:44 AM   #361
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Here is a time lapse video of installation of A line bus station at the intersection of Snelling and University.




Here is video of riding Metro Green Line from Union Depot St. Paul to Target Field station in Minneapolis.



And Metro Blue Line from Target field station to Mall of America.

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Old February 5th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #362
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Old February 10th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #363
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http://www.dot.state.mn.us/nlx/meetings.html

Upcoming meetings:

Twin Cities (Minneapolis/Coon Rapids stations)
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Fridley Community Center, 6-8 p.m.
6085 7th Street NE, Fridley

Twin Ports (Duluth/Superior stations)
Thursday, Feb. 25
Duluth Depot, 6-8 p.m.
506 Michigan Street West, Duluth

Cambridge
Monday, Feb. 29
Cambridge City Center, 6-8 p.m.
140 Buchanan Street North, Cambridge

Hinckley
Thursday, March 3
Hinckley-Finlayson High School, 6-8 p.m.
201 Main Street East, Hinckley

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http://abcnewspapers.com/2016/02/04/...-to-sell-land/

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The Anoka County Regional Rail Authority voted Jan. 26 to go out for bids to sell property in Coon Rapids it acquired in 2010 as a potential Foley Boulevard station site for the proposed Northern Lights Express passenger rail project.

The property comprises two parcels, one 9.37 acres and the other 3.96 acres, east of Foley Boulevard on the south side of the Highway 610 bridge in Evergreen Business Park at 93rd Lane and Evergreen Boulevard.

The rail authority paid $2.61 million for the parcels, but now the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which is the lead agency for the proposed NLX project, has identified another piece of county property on the west side of Foley Boulevard for a station location and has a prepared a concept plan, according to Tim Yantos, rail authority executive director.
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"Ramsey County revives St. Paul-to-Chicago rail study"

http://www.twincities.com/2016/02/09...go-rail-study/

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On Tuesday, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted to put up to $300,000 toward reviving the hamstrung planning efforts.

Meeting as the Regional Railroad Authority, the board voted 7-0 to finalize a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and move forward with the first phase of a $600,000 environmental assessment.

The first phase of the environmental study will be complete by the end of December 2017 and will produce finer estimates for construction, capital and operating costs, including a closer look at how subsidies might be divided between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #364
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Snelling BRT update



http://www.startribune.com/snelling-...ure/368399871/
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Old February 12th, 2016, 04:44 PM   #365
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The Twin Cities’ first arterial version of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is set to begin passenger service on June 11

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Seeking rail snobs: With BRT, Metro Transit aims to get more people onto buses



Rail bias is real.

At least transit planners believe it’s real. And there’s research to suggest that many potential transit riders who rarely ride buses would happily board a streetcar or light rail train.

So how does Metro Transit attract rail snobs without building more rails? By featuring buses that borrow some of the perceived advantages of rail — at a fraction of the cost.

The Twin Cities’ first arterial version of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is set to begin passenger service on June 11, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck announced Thursday. The A Line route will begin at Rosedale, pass through St. Paul via Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway and end in Minneapolis at the 46th Street light rail station.

That’s 10 miles and 20 stations at a cost of $27 million, a figure that includes 12 new BRT buses. In contrast, the proposed 13-mile extension of the Blue Line light rail, from Target Field to Brooklyn Park, is expected to cost $1.5 billion. Apples to oranges, perhaps, but ......
https://www.minnpost.com/politics-po...e-people-buses




And news on Greenline Extension

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With 2016 budget, feds remain committed to funding Southwest LRT — now it’s up to the Legislature



WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, President Barack Obama released his eighth and final annual budget request — and there’s good news in the sprawling document for backers of mass transit in the Twin Cities area.

The federal Department of Transportation maintained its commitment to funding half the total cost of a marquee Minnesota mass transit goal: the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit project, which would span a 14.5-mile route from Eden Prairie to Target Field

This year’s $20 billion mass-transit package includes $125 million for Southwest LRT, but local authorities read that more as a sign of federal commitment to the project rather than a hard appropriation at this stage...
https://www.minnpost.com/dc-dispatch...-s-legislature
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Old February 26th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #366
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Plans emerging for Northern Lights Express



Read more here: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/new...lights-express
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Old February 26th, 2016, 09:09 PM   #367
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I thought this was a dead project?
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Old February 27th, 2016, 12:14 AM   #368
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No that's the other passenger rail project in Minnesota, Zip rail. Zip rail is cancelled as a public project but apparently there is private interest.
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Suburb-to-suburb bus service has proven to be a bust in the western suburbs of Twin Cities.

http://www.startribune.com/suburb-to...ded/373314641/
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 07:43 AM   #370
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4th Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Minneapolis

Light Rail
Minneapolis / Metro LRT - 71,400 (2015) : 12.82%

Commuter Rail
Minneapolis Suburbs / Northstar - 2,500 (2015) : 1.82%

Bus
Minneapolis / Metro Transit - 202,800 (2015) : -7.09%
Burnsville / Minnesota Valley Transit - 10,900 (2015) : 5.75%
St. Cloud / St. Cloud Metrop Trans Comm - 7,800 (2015) : -7.91%
Eden Prairie / Southwest Metro Transit - 4,000 (2015) : -0.69%
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New light rail safety feature being rolled out system wide

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 03:27 PM   #372
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Sounds like the Twin Cities are getting (have gotten?) their act together. Bravo! Would that we were so in St. Louis.
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Thanks for the great vids.
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Nice video Dimly's
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Twin Cities area transit update

A Line BRT should be opening on June 11th 2016. A Line BRT

The other news on TC area transit are despite the fact that federal government has committed for the federal government's share for this project, the legislature at the state capitol couldn't compromise on comprehensive long term transportation bonding bill this session before the deadline which included 130 million dollars for Green Line LRT Extension. Hopefully CTIB and Met Council has emergency funds to help cover the short fall bestowed by transportation bonding bill impasse that occurred in state capitol.This is the last portion 20 percent of the funding (remaining 80 percent of the funding from the local governments is already committed) It is in FTA's Project Development phase. Heavy construction is expected to start 2017. Read more here

Blue Line LRT Extension has gotten municipal consent from five cities that lie in this corridor. They are on design phase as of now. Construction is expected to start in 2018. More...

Orange Line BRT: Funding commitments for the Orange Line have been provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and the Federal government. The project recently received approval from the Federal Transit Administration to enter the project development and engineering phase, keeping the Orange Line on track for a 2019 opening. More..

Gold Line BRT is in DEIS (Draft Environment Impact Statement) phase. Read more here

C Line BRT: The final C Line Station Plan was approved by the Metropolitan Council on April 27, 2016. The plan finalizes the station locations and will serve to guide detailed design and engineering work that begins in 2016.Construction was originally targeted for 2017, pending full project funding. As of April 2016, the timeline for the C Line has been adjusted to construction occurring instead in 2018. Full funding for the project has not yet been identified, and a 2018 construction schedule offers better opportunities to coordinate C Line construction with other road projects on Brooklyn Boulevard and Penn Avenue. Metro Transit is working to advance project engineering throughout 2016-2017 and begin construction in 2018.C Line BRT

The other lines are Riverview Corridor the last leg of the giant triangle that connects downtown St Paul to the airport is being studied. No color has been assigned for this corridor. The transit planners and Ramsey County wants this to be LRT. More studies are being done on this Line.

Nicollet-Central Corridor streetcar project starter line has been delayed by a year. Met Council has assumed responsibility for this project from city of Minneapolis so it might fall behind further in the pipeline. More..

Mode for Red Rock Corridor has been chosen to be a highway BRT. This line will run 30 miles from Union Depot in downtown St Paul to Hastings MN.

Midtown Corridor has been quiet for some time.

St Paul is doing feasibility studies on it's streetcar lines.

You can browse more on Met Council's website and Transitway Guidelines under transportation.
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Are there any plans to put the LRT underground in downtown Minneapolis? Given the winter weather there I would have thought that they would have built it underground from the start.
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Are there any plans to put the LRT underground in downtown Minneapolis? Given the winter weather there I would have thought that they would have built it underground from the start.
I haven't found anything in the Met Council or Metro Transit's website or any literature that pertains to boring a tunnel for transit underneath downtown so far. So the answer is no. Possibly in the future who knows.
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I haven't found anything in the Met Council or Metro Transit's website or any literature that pertains to boring a tunnel for transit underneath downtown so far. So the answer is no. Possibly in the future who knows.
No boring? What about cut-and-cover?
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