Today’s Chart of the Day is based on data from the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, showing operations (flight takeoffs and landings) and passengers (boardings and alightings) from 2003 – 2013. As can be seen, MSP peaked almost a decade ago, and traffic has been very steady. While international air travel continues to grow (especially outside […]
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Part two in a series. This map shows total population growth, projected by the Metropolitan Council, between 2010 and 2040. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are much larger than the top legend values, with a 82,000 and 49,000 increase respectively. The next three cities in terms of total growth are Blaine (28k), Lakeville (27k), and Woodbury […]
In Episode 6 of Last Week in MPLS, Tom and Scott talked to Matt Decuir of OMG Transit and Break the Bubble. He joined us in person, which is a podcast first! Another podcast first is Scott flopping a joke in the first 30 seconds. Subscribe to the Last Week in MPLS feed. Topics of […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with a round table of streets.mn writers all about Move MN, the new transportation bill at the Minnesota Legislature this year. The bill raises money for roads using a statewide tax on wholesale gasoline, and raises money for transit using a metro area sales tax. It’s supported by […]
While there is clearly some dispute as to the importance of a national conspiracy in the shift from streetcars to transit, one should not dismiss the existence of criminals in the streetcar companies of the era (like the rail era before them). A marked example is in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, […]
In preparation for the Thrive MSP 2040, the update to the regional plan for the 7-county area, Met Council has released draft forecasts showing population, households and employment growth through 2040. This is a map of the percentage change in population through 2040 in each city/township. Laketown Township is grey because the forecasts show zero […]
Marching right along to the start of another week with a look back at last week’s streets.mn posts: Regular features: Charts of the Day this week are all about congestion: 7 Most Congested Corridors in the Metro, Percentage of Miles of Twin City Urban Freeway System Congestion, Twin Cities Freeway Congestion, INRIX Traffic Congestion Scorecard […]
Animation of development project for Downtown East by Ryan Companies. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.
Protected bike lanes are the latest approach US cities are taking to help their residents get around by bike. But these protected lanes lose their buffer separation at intersections, reducing the comfort and safety for people riding. What the protected bike lane needs is the protected intersection. This proposal for the George Mason University 2014 […]
The Powers of 10, by Charles and Ray Eames for IBM: While the linkage to transportation and land use in Minnesota might appear tenuous, it shows what we look like at different scales. The film is “centered” on Chicago, but that’s just part of Greater, Greater Minnesota, an outer suburb of Minneapolis. Anyway, it’s a […]
When it’s a ladder of opportunity. President Obama has talked a lot about ladders of opportunity, especially in the last year. Growing the middle class and easing access to economic security across racial and gender lines is a major aspect of his platform. Tuesday morning, speaking at the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., […]
This post starts a series for my newly launched 2014 EU BICI (European Union Bicycling Information Collection Initiative). Over the next months I am travelling to some of the EU’s most interesting cycling cities, including Cambridge, Berlin, Seville, Ferrara, Zurich, and the usual Northern EU suspects. Each city will have its own post based on […]
This chart (or should we say charts) from the Inrix Scorecard shows the diurnal, weekly, monthly, and trend levels from INRIX. There is more congestion in the morning and especially the evening. Thursday evening gets more traffic than any other day, though Friday afternoon is higher, and Tuesday wins the morning. It’s all very proprietary, […]
Minneapolis is almost one step closer to joining the 21st century. After months of dragging its feet, it should opt to do the inevitable: allow Lyft drivers to pick-up people within its borders. Well, the City is in the progress of making that happen. ___ It was 2004. I remember looking in awe at the price tag of college textbooks: $100 for […]
Downtown Minneapolis is surrounded by a moat. On one side, the city abuts actual water – the Mississippi River. The City and Park Board have done a good job of making that part of Downtown a welcoming and attractive place: The Stone Arch Bridge connects downtown to NorthEast, and walking paths, bikeways, and green space […]
Let’s expand on Walker’s article about the bone-shaking paths we’re subjected to walking and riding in winter… My question is: if a city has a plowing policy for paths, but not a “bare path” policy, is it worth it to plow the path at all? Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely […]
Last week I wrote a column about Move MN, the transportation bill at the legislature, calling it a “litmus test for pragmatism.” Here was the punchline: If I were a legislator representing Saint Paul, at this point I’d remain on the fence about the Move MN legislation. I’d work hard to get MNDOT to commit […]
Rank Metro Area Road From To Distance Freeflow Travel Time (min) Worst Peak Period Peak Travel Time (min) Peak Average Speed Peak Delay (min) Total Delay Per Year (hrs) Total Delay Per Year (days) Worst Day Hour Worst Day Hour Travel Time (min) Worst Day Hour Average Speed Worst Day Hour Delay (min) 42 Minneapolis […]
This graph shows the percentage of congested directional miles on the MnDOT managed freeway system for the Twin Cities metro area, from the Metropolitan Freeway System 2012 Congestion Report. The trend lines show the difficulties with extrapolation, as choosing different bases will produce widely different trends. The 10 year trend is essentially flat, projecting a […]
MnDOT publishes an annual congestion report, showing congestion on freeways in the greater Twin Cities area. MnDOT defines congestion as segments where speeds are below 45 MPH. N.B. The proximate supply-side cause of the congestion may be downstream bottlenecks, so this map is reflecting the effect, not necessarily the cause. The demand-side cause of the […]