Author Archive | Brendon Slotterback

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. Streets.mn 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. Streets.mn 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 streets.mn 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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2013 Best Riparian Corridor

2013 is drawing to a close, and so is the streets.mn Best of 2013.  The last, but certainly not least, “best of” post for 2013 is for riparian corridor.  Readers voted, and the results are in. Not too surprisingly, the readers chose Minnehaha Creek.  The Creek’s watershed drains 181 square miles, and includes 129 lakes, 27 […]

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