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Old January 1st, 2017, 02:41 AM   #421
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Metro Orange Line update

Few updates and facts about Metro Orange Line BRT. Sorry too lazy to type all the information so I inserted the pictures with the info.









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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:22 PM   #422
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"Metro Transit tries new ways to handle sleepers on trains, buses"

http://www.startribune.com/metro-tra...ses/410035585/
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Old January 17th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #423
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Why killing a mass transit funding board may be the only way to save mass transit funding in the Twin Cities

The constant threat by GOP lawmakers at the state capitol to derail transit projects in TC area could be over if disbanding of CTIB (County Transit Improvement Board) occurs and let counties determine to raise taxes and fund their own transit projects and keep state out of the equation.

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In fact, by leaving CTIB, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Anoka county commissioners could increase the current sales tax in their respective counties from 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent. That extra money — $80 million to $90 million a year in Hennepin and Ramsey counties alone — would allow many of the rail and BRT projects that now sit in the planning stages to be funded without any money from the state of Minnesota.


And taking the state out of the mix for paying for new transit projects not only helps with the current political atmosphere, it would bring the Twin Cities in line with national funding trends. “The trend nationally is for cities and counties and regions to raise the money themselves,” Duininck said.
https://www.minnpost.com/politics-po...ss-transit-fun
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Old January 20th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #424
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Blue Line Extension update

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Bottineau LRT line gets key approval from feds

The $1.536 billion Bottineau Light Rail Transit line, also known as the Blue Line extension, reached another milestone Thursday when the Federal Transit Administration granted approval for the project’s engineering phase to begin.
The approval is a green light to finalize the design in preparation for construction of the 13-mile line between downtown Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park, said Laura Baenen, communications director for the project.
http://finance-commerce.com/2017/01/...val-from-feds/
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Old January 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM   #425
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"Transit ridership dips in 2016; still third-busiest year on record"

2016.09.01 set a new single-day record (nearly 370,000 rides in 24 hours)

http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/16...tly-from-2015/
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Old January 31st, 2017, 09:33 PM   #426
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Twin Cities Area commuter rail update

NORTHSTAR COMMUTER LINE (Completed)

For Twin Cities fans 2 by steve55126, on Flickr
Northstar train leaving Ramsey station for Big Lake. Northstar is the only commuter rail service around Twin Cities area so far. Read more here



NORTHERN LIGHT EXPRESS (Proposed)

This is the second commuter line that has been on the works for a while that will run 152 miles from Minneapolis to Duluth and briefly through Wisconsin with a station in Superior WI.All the environmental assessment work has been completed and should be shovel ready sometime this year. The wild unpredictable political and social climate that is currently sweeping the nation, it is hard to predict what is going to happen. Read more here

And the latest on the news:
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/new...umps-coattails
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"So here's where we are, in a nutshell: We will have a shovel-ready project in June of this year. That's somewhat of a misnomer, because shovel-ready would indicate that there's actually digging and work to be done, when we're really using rail that already exists. But it will be fundable," Buehler told the Duluth City Council on Monday.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 05:24 PM   #427
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-- I hope you all get it done; Twin Cities to Duluth has always seemed like a no-brainer to me.


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NORTHSTAR COMMUTER LINE (Completed)

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Northstar train leaving Ramsey station for Big Lake. Northstar is the only commuter rail service around Twin Cities area so far. Read more here



NORTHERN LIGHT EXPRESS (Proposed)

This is the second commuter line that has been on the works for a while that will run 152 miles from Minneapolis to Duluth and briefly through Wisconsin with a station in Superior WI.All the environmental assessment work has been completed and should be shovel ready sometime this year. The wild unpredictable political and social climate that is currently sweeping the nation, it is hard to predict what is going to happen. Read more here

And the latest on the news:
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/new...umps-coattails


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Old February 1st, 2017, 06:47 PM   #428
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Why the 2 locomotives? Isn't the terrain rather flat?
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Old February 1st, 2017, 07:40 PM   #429
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Could be any one of a number of reasons. One could be dead. They might need the extra HEP capacity due to the weather. It could be a case where they are repositioning equipment. The normal consist is one engine and three cars. Its even possible that someone took a look at a longer train and threw on an extra engine because they weren't experienced.
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 10:39 AM   #430
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Will the new line also use the old-school HUGE loco with a few bi-level cars or will they go for more Euro-style DMUs?

The new line might not be that impressive, but getting lines running on existing infrastructure is possibly the best way to start a commuter rail system. Far cheaper investments, far faster to get started and will establish a system that gets people used to the idea of commuter rail. A nice set-up for then expanding with more new builds.
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It seems that they intend to tag along to current orders by California and Illinois for bilevel coaches and diesels. Intercity coaches rather than the lozenges from Bombardier, though. Its faster and cheaper at this point.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 09:12 PM   #432
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From Metro Report

http://www.metro-report.com/news/lig...-lrt-bids.html

Minneapolis calls Southwest LRT bids
17 Jul 2017



USA: The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council has invited bids for the first of three construction contracts to build the 23·3 km Southwest LRT light rail line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie

Tenders for the main civil works contract are due to be opened on August 15, with the contract expected to be awarded in November. The package includes construction or modification of the alignment, some of which follows an existing rail corridor, plus the construction of 29 new bridges and two cut-and-cover tunnels of 176 m and 670 m and the laying of 47 km of track. The contractor will also build 15 stations and eight car parks plus a multi-story parking facility at the South West Station terminus in Eden Prairie

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Here is the next mayor of Hopkins talking about light rail.

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Here is the next mayor of Hopkins talking about light rail.



He needs to take 3 seats. That’s not what will happen. But let me say this. This country can’t move on because of people like him. He makes his own kind of people embarrass. Ain’t nobody got time for his 1940s ass. Honey it’s 2017 go retire and have a rest at a nursing home boo.
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He is probably not going to win. He ran for mayor in 2015 and got 7% of the votes (71 votes total).
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