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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 18 weeks

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Posted on 01/15/14 at 09:22 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Come on, do you REALLY think the 30 years we spent studying this line was done completely without facts or engineering exploration? Give planners a little bit of credit.

Ridership models demonstrated exactly the effects I described above. It is up to the skeptics to prove those models wrong. The results make perfect sense to me. I live in the area and am very familiar with the existing transit options.

As for Uptown-EP trips, I also covered that above. The Midtown Corridor...

Posted on 01/15/14 at 12:57 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

The tunnel you describe is completely unrealistic. $200 million? For a subway? Not only do you grossly underestimate the cost (the SWLRT engineers have gone over tunnel costs repeatedly) you also ignore the fact that cost isn't the only factor. Even if we *could* afford a tunnel like you describe (and we can't), we still have to prove to the feds that it's cost-efficient. That's a high bar to clear, especially when we've got a route that's already acceptable to FTA.

If EP was...

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:04 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Uptown is not being passed over. It's going to get LRT in the Midtown Greenway from the West Lake station to Hiawatha. That line will serve suburbanites wanting to get to Uptown. Uptown will also get improved bus service to downtown.

Uptown was looked at for SWLRT. Multiple times. Multiple agencies concluded it wasn't worth the added cost. We can all guess as much as we want but that's all we're doing - guessing. The people with the data would seem to have the stronger case....

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:45 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Why the arbitrary 1/4 mile limit?

I can assure you that people living in Harrison consider themselves to be near the Van White station area. It is the centerpiece of their redevelopment plan for the neighborhood.

Not everyone needs to walk to LRT to use it.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:49 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

The Midtown Corridor LRT will shuttle people from the West Lake station right to the Uptown transit station. We don't need SWLRT through Uptown to do that. No one has to go downtown first.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:52 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I believe the trains TC&W runs in Kenilworth are longer than the trains currently running on the MN&S through Saint Louis Park.

Councilmember Steve Elkins wrote a good article on why the current tracks in St. Louis Park can't support TC&W. It's physics.

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/228099861.html

Posted on 01/15/14 at 09:28 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Amen. I was going to comment on that but decided to let is slide.

It's an all-too-often case of people not understanding how much infrastructure costs. There's a reason we're tens of billions of dollars behind on our transportation maintenance.

Posted on 01/16/14 at 12:02 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Have you been to the Midtown Corridor meetings? I have. The numbers on the line are so good that it's virtually guaranteed to be built. They're so good we'll probably do the rail line AND enhanced bus on Lake St. That could not happen with an Uptown alignment for SWLRT.

People transfer all the time. You can hardly get anywhere in New York without a transfer. It's really not the huge burden you make it out to be.

Posted on 01/20/14 at 11:37 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

The Uptown studies are not "buried." They're right there in the DEIS for all to see. I can easily see how an Uptown alignment wouldn't generate the ridership one might expect. The buses aren't going to go away and for many people those will provide more convenient trips. I have the data to back up these findings. Those in favor of the Uptown plan not only don't have data, they are guessing that the actual data we do have, data that has been scrutinized by multiple agencies at the local...

Posted on 01/20/14 at 11:41 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

So then I suppose the county and Met Council have also ignored the many comments from people who are in favor of the current SWLRT plan and the Midtown corridor. Heck, the Midtown Greenway Coalition loves the Midtown corridor and thus the current SWLRT plan.

Be very careful about what you ascribe to "the community."