Author Archive | Brendon Slotterback

How Much Energy Could Minneapolis Get from Solar?

Solar PV seems to be the current darling of the renewable energy world.  But how much “resource” is really out there?  How much should cities rely on the development of local solar resources to meet their climate and energy goals?  What trade-offs should urban cities make between desirable things like tree canopy and maximizing solar energy resources?  GIS tools […]

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Second Chart of the Day: Central Corridor Ridership Pre- and Post-Green Line

Another chart today.  This post could also be titled “Green Line: Wow?!”.  MPR says that ridership on the Green Line is up significantly in its second week of operations, beating projections.  David Levinson asks a good question: how does Green Line ridership compare pre- and post-rail operations? Well, Metro Transit now posts average daily weekday […]

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Thoughts from Copenhagen

I recently got the opportunity to travel to Copenhagen for a brief trip.  The weather was beautiful, which facilitated a lot of walking and biking around.  Here are some thoughts and photos, with some context relevant to Minnesota. Let’s just get this out of the way now: there are bikes.  Oh how there are bikes. […]

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Chart of the day – Capital costs, BRT and LRT

Today’s chart complements yesterday’s chart on forecasted ridership. It compares total build-out costs for metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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Chart of the day – 2030 Ridership, BRT and LRT

Today’s chart compares forecasted ridership in 2030 on metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. Forecasting caveats apply. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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MNDOT Redirects Stillwater Bridge Funds to Pedestrian, Transit Projects

In a dramatic reversal, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has halted the new Stillwater Bridge project and redirected the funds to pedestrian and transit projects across the state.  When asked MNDOT about the sudden decision, MNDOT spokesman Brian Anderson-Johnson replied, After careful research, we realized that there are pedestrian corridors and transit projects that […]

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Let’s Be Pro-transit

I’ll start by saying I have strong feelings about Southwest LRT. So do some people on this very blog. You probably do too. However, I won’t be contributing further to the gallons of spilled real and virtual ink or weeks of public testimony.  I’d like to talk about how we can set the stage for […]

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Chart of the day: 2040 Growth Forecasts

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 […]

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