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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 04/01/14 at 03:48 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Care to make your statement to the residents of the Northside I talked to yesterday?

Who says we can't fight for both SWLRT and Bottineau? You're making a false choice.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:40 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

"I don't think there is a Greenway route in the works."

http://www.metrotransit.org/midtown-corridor

"Also, for 'northsiders' this doesn't provide much"

Why is it that when CIDNA and Kenwood residents gather together and express concerns about "ruining a park" (which is not a park), "destroying the lakes" and "exploding oil tanker cars" (which the railroad has...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 08:04 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Equity is not measured in ridership. That said, keep in mind that for some (so far unexplained) reason, the Bassett Creek Valley Master Plan was not considered in ridership models even though it was in the Minneapolis comprehensive plan during the Alternatives Analysis. It is highly likely that had it been included, the ridership numbers at Van White would be much higher.

Furthermore, we must consider implementation of the Master Plan itself as a benefit of SWLRT.

It is not...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 10:50 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

The jobs are in the Southwest suburbs. Bottineau doesn't go there.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 10:53 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Surprisingly, not everyone thinks the SWLRT plan is compromised.

People in fact argued years ago for the Kenilworth alignment as a better way to serve the city. People from the very areas being dismissed as "not really served" and "living nowhere near the line."

Posted on 04/02/14 at 11:23 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

I debated for a while whether this was worth responding to. A purely personal attack is usually best left alone.

But just so I am clearer, I was referring to the political context around these decisions. I feel that you and many others have ignored the greater context in which these decisions were made and this happens repeatedly. It is not all about engineering, nor should it be. It is misleading to write a piece about the counties as bad actors when the governance structure in...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:25 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

The #12 and #17 do not serve Northsiders.

Bottineau does not go to where the jobs area.

Lyndale and Hennepin routes were considered and rejected. It's not like anyone is coming up with new ideas no one has thought of before.

Again, Northsiders have say they want this and will use it. They want the access it provides and the development it will bring to their communities. What is so darn hard to understand about that?

Not everyone in Eden Prairie goes downtown...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 08:10 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

This isn't about Minneapolis vs. St. Louis Park. This is about an important transportation investment that benefits the whole region. EVERYONE wins with this line.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 08:16 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

There are plans for improved bus service on Hennepin and Lyndale. There are plans for a streetcar on Nicollet. There are plans tor LRT in the Midtown Greenway.

It's not like Uptown and the denser parts of South Minneapolis aren't going to be connected to SWLRT. Minneapolis is going to get an LRT line entirely within its borders!

We have to look beyond one line. We're building a system.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 08:23 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

See below for an explanation of what is coming to improve your commute.

I have been to many meetings along Broadway. People I've talked to are looking forward to SWLRT. I have no doubt that it doesn't matter to others. It doesn't matter to a lot of people in the sense of individual benefit. It matters to all of us in terms of regional benefit.

The route is *not* designed just to move people from the suburbs into Minneapolis. Many of the communities around the suburban...