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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:16 AM   #61
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Old July 14th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #62
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As stolen from the Minneapolis / St. Paul Development thread....

Track is being laid for the Central Corridor LRT, which will connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Picture from City of St. Paul's facebook page.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #63
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Some construction pics of the Central Corridor courtesy of MetroCouncil.







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Old July 28th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #64
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Visual Rendering of the Central Corridor light rail route.

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Old July 28th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #65
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Nice to see that they updated the renders.

Looks like a central European-style tramway.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #66
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Its kind of too bad its on grade the entire route, its going to have to deal with a lot more traffic lights than the Hiawatha line. Elevating or burying would have been expensive (especially the later) but there is so much potential for a grade seperated line between the downtowns. Something like Skytrain in Vancouver would be ideal, if twice as expensive.

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Old August 6th, 2011, 09:33 AM   #67
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Its kind of to bad its on grade the entire route, its going to have to deal with a lot more traffic lights than the Hiawatha line. Elevating or burying would have been expensive (especially the later) but there is so much potential for a grade seperated line between the downtowns. Something like Skytrain in Vancouver would be ideal, if twice as expensive.
I don't see it being a problem as long as the traffic lights are synchronized and the trains have priority.
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Old August 6th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #68
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I don't see it being a problem as long as the traffic lights are synchronized and the trains have priority.
It's either a problem for the trains or it's a problem for motor vehicle traffic. There is no free lunch.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 01:53 AM   #69
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It's either a problem for the trains or it's a problem for motor vehicle traffic. There is no free lunch.
Most of the traffic using University Ave. in St. Paul is local anyways since you also have I-94 running parallel plus there are tons of alternate routes that motor vehicle traffic can use.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #70
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Some recent photos of the Central Corridor LRT courtesy of MetCouncil.



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Old October 11th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #71
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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:08 AM   #72
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So... what's the status on the different projects? Is there a map showing what phase they're in? In operation, tracks laid, site prep, approved, proposed, ...
/all transit agencies should have maps of that sort on their websites. Don't know of a single one that does.
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What sort of information are you looking for beyond what's already been laid out in post #1
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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #75
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Some recent pics of construction of the Central Corridor courtesy of Met Council.





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Old December 10th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #76
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The blatlantly obvious separation between the trains and traffic must categorically deem this LRT
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Old December 13th, 2011, 02:36 AM   #77
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So... what's the status on the different projects? Is there a map showing what phase they're in? In operation, tracks laid, site prep, approved, proposed, ...
/all transit agencies should have maps of that sort on their websites. Don't know of a single one that does.
Swede...
We have a 12 mile or so LRT in operation since 2004. Originally called the Hiawatha line, but will renamed the Blue line soon. Ridership is around 35k a day.

http://metrotransit.org/Data/Sites/1...il/lrt_map.gif



We also have one commuter rail line in service, going 40 miles into the NW suburbs. The Northstar line. Ridership is around 3000 per day.
http://metrotransit.org/Data/Sites/1...tions_map3.gif



We also have the Central corridor/Green line LRT under construction connecting DT Minneapolis with DT St. Paul. Its around 11 miles long. The price tag is $957 million which is the biggest public works project ever built in Minnesota. It opens in 2014.
http://www.metrocouncil.org/transpor...alcorridor.asp

Lastly we have the SW LRT/Green Line extension to Eden Prarie in Pre-Design because the FTA just gave it the go ahead to proceed. Opening around 2017.
http://www.metrocouncil.org/transpor...uthwestLRT.htm


There are many other improvements to be done here.
http://metrotransit.org/transit-improvements.aspx
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Proposed rail to Brooklyn Park


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Old June 25th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #80
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Looking at the map of all the various proposals, I hope that even half of that will come to fruition considering all the NIMBY's we have here....plus the anti-everything ethos of local AM right-wing talk radio.

It's amazing that we've got the Hiawatha, North Star and Central Corridor done considering all of the opposition.
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