Author Archive | David Levinson

Access to Jobs by Walking in Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Source: Accessibility Observatory

Map of the Day: Walk Access to Jobs 2014

From the newly released Access Across America: Walk 2014, this map shows the number of jobs that can be reached within 30 minutes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Similar maps are available for the top 50 metropolitan areas. [Full Disclosure: I am a co-author of the report.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. […]

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Who Benefits From Other Peoples’ Transit Use?

In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating […]

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Søüthstår: What If the Southwestern Suburbs Were Served by Commuter Rail?

On Monday I talked about Shørtstår, transforming a section of the Northstar commuter rail line into actually useful transit. As with all transit right-of-way problems, “the railroads would never agree” was raised. And that is certainly true if all you do is politely ask. However states are actually bigger and more powerful than railroads, though […]

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What is the Capacity of the Green Line?

While reading an excellent article by Yonah Freemark, Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?, I thought the Twin Cities should do the same thing. Taking advantage of existing capacity is far more cost effective than building new capacity (and yes, this applies to all modes). But what is the existing capacity of the Green […]

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Best Local Blog Minneapolis 2015 – Streets.MN

CityPages named us “Best Local Blog” for 2015. They write: Streets.mn has a small army of well-educated urbanists offering smart, thoughtful takes on all things transportation and development — two topics frequently making front-page news lately. Its bloggers are no homebodies; these are people who use city infrastructure frequently and have detailed, well-researched thoughts on how […]

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Signals on Washington Avenue Transit Mall

The following was passed on to streets.mn, which is the response from officials about improving signal timings for Pedestrians on the Washington Avenue Transit Mall. “Balance” is the word used, not “Priority”. I assume pedestrians will continue to violate at will. Twelve seconds of useless wait is a long time in January.   Streets.mn is […]

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Franchise Threatens to Move to AL

Minnesota Commuters United, a franchise in the Professional League of Major League Commuting Professionals, has threatened to move to Birmingham, Alabama (a city without Professional Commuting, relying instead on amateurs) unless it gets both new facilities for daily commutes, and a practice facility in the suburbs, as well as improved training at both the high school […]

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