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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/14/14 at 11:24 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Marlys, you've mischaracterized Minneapolis' position. If the freight rail were moved Minneapolis would have no problem with an at-grade LRT. The tunnel were proposed as a mitigation measure for keeping the freight in Kenilworth. While some vocal residents are adamantly opposed, the city hasn't yet taken a formal position on the matter. That will come with the municipal consent process.

Minneapolis would be crazy to declare that $160 million of mitigation isn't enough....

Posted on 01/14/14 at 02:49 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Why all the ???. It's quite apparent that people making judgments about this line don't have all the context to do so.

Royalston, TODAY, is a major bus transfer point for North Minneapolis. A Royalston LRT station would seemlessly integrate into that, providing connections to the southwest suburbs. There's also a lot of room for development around the station.

Van White has a major development proposal on the table today, Minneapolis is getting ready to sell off parts of the...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:37 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

It is extremely insulting to say that no one lives near Van White, Penn or Royalston. The people who live there would disagree with you. There'sf open land there at the moment and that is prime redevelopment opportunity. But people do live in Bryn Mawr and Harrison.

And Royalston is, in fact, in North Minneapolis. A station doesn't have to be physically in North Minneapolis to serve North Minneapolis residents.

Bottineau is just as complicated as Southwest. It's not a slam...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:46 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Ray, I'm kind of surprised at the inaccuracies here.

Both Southwest and Bottineau will serve North Minneapolis, though I agree it serves Near North better than, say, the area around Broadway. Harrison is smack dab in the middle of LRT Central. There is a streetcar proposal for Broadway and I believe it's set to go right after Nicollet/Central. It ought to be first in my book.

Bottineau isn't going anywhere near Maple Grove. Maple Grove didn't want it. It's going to the...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:55 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I agree with all of this. I don't know of any technical issues to moving the bike trail out of Kenilworth but I'm sure bike groups wouldn't like it. The idea of shifting the bike trail west to St. Louis Ave. was brought to the attention of planners a few months ago. I don't know if they've seriously considered it.

The freight is indeed the sticking point.

I don't see how going down France Ave. would work. That's a highly residential area with little space for LRT. I'd...

Posted on 01/15/14 at 09:17 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Royalston is a major bus transfer point for North Minneapolis residents TODAY. It serves North Minneapolis TODAY.

People don't have to live within a 10 minute walk to use LRT. The Met Council's own reports show that many users of Hiawatha LRT arrive by bus.

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.