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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 09/18/14 at 09:51 pm in response to Minneapolis park board gears up to fight Southwest LRT alignment

You have the Lowry tunnel to deal with. That and it would no longer be an extension of the Green Line, requiring a transfer downtown to head east.

Not much to it. Jump in to get a bunch of customers, jump out to dump the expensive ones and hope the less sick just stick with you because it's easier.

The whole thing's a market share strategy.

Posted on 08/31/14 at 10:04 am in response to Minneapolis City Council approves Southwest LRT

It's quite simple, really. They voted yes because they know the line is a huge benefit to the city. If they really believed it would be bad for the city they'd vote against it.

All of the talk, all of the hand-wringing, all of the cognitive dissonance is for the benefit of the rich and influential.

Posted on 07/09/14 at 08:48 pm in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

The #2 or some moral equivalent will be extended along Franklin to 21st, I assume.

Posted on 07/09/14 at 08:52 pm in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

The Greenway trench was looked at for SWLRT and deemed infeasible, primarily due to the turn north and grade differential to get onto Nicollet.

The Greenway will get the Midtown LRT line which will connect to SWLRT, the Nicollet streetcar and the Blue Line. This was we can serve two transit-dependent areas of Minneapolis with rail (North and South-central/East Lake). If SWLRT followed the greeway it wouldn't serve South-central/East Lake as well and we couldn't have a Nicollet...

Posted on 07/10/14 at 07:26 am in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

You're correct about taking the bus downtown. The ridership studies of a SWLRT Uptown alignment showed that people in Uptown would prefer to take the bus. Say you're going to 7th & Hennepin and live near Hennepin and 26th. You're not going to walk south 3-4 blocks to hop a train that takes you to 7th and Nicollet. You're going to take the #6 from 26th & Hennepin to 7th & Hennepin.

In addition to being technically challenging, an Uptown-routed SWLRT would be duplicative...

Posted on 07/10/14 at 09:11 pm in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

It's a good question about the route. Bus realignment planning happens a lot later, when the line is being constructed. It's one of the last bits of planning to happen on a project like this.

I'm assuming the #2. It doesn't have to be. But one of the reasons the city wanted the station back is that it heard from the E. Franklin Native American community that they wanted the station for access to jobs and services. So some kind of connection to the #2 seems probable.

Posted on 07/10/14 at 09:16 pm in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

One of the reasons the Kenilworth alignment is attractive for SWLRT is that it allows the Midtown LRT to go forward. That coupled with the Nicollet streetcar brings the exact same rail alignment that SWLRT would have done, albeit with one transfer. Plus Midtown rail extends to the Blue Line at Lake St. and the enhanced bus portion extends all the way to Snelling & University in St. Paul. That's a boatload of high-quality transit infrastructure serving a large transit-dependent...

Posted on 07/10/14 at 09:24 pm in response to New Southwest LRT plan lauded and lambasted at public meeting

The Midtown LRT extends past Nicollet. It serves more of South Minneapolis. That's why it has better ridership. The Nicollet streetcar will extend beyond Lake Street (though not initially). They provide the same alignment as SWLRT 3C but it's not the same service. It's more extensive.

The metrics from the FTA haven't changed. What's changed is that cost-effectiveness index (CEI) is no longer a pass-fail, land use is more important and serving transit-dependent populations is...