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Map of possible passenger rail lines from the 2010 state rail plan

Taking the “Transit” Sales Tax Statewide

As I write this, the 2016 Minnesota legislative session is coming to a close, and last-minute discussions are taking place to try and sort out transportation funding. One of the major options is the possibility of a 0.5% metro-area sales tax for transit, an increase from the 0.25% currently collected for the Counties Transit Improvement Board. […]

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Engineering sketch of Cedar-Riverside Wye Junction.

Wye Not?

Imagine arriving at the Mall of America light rail station and seeing trains for both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, and not waiting 20 years until the Riverview Corridor is built. When the Hiawatha Line (today’s Blue Line) opened in 2004, it had service every 7.5 minutes (8 trains per hour). [As of this writing, […]

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Chart of the Day: 2015 LRT Ridership (so far)

It’s 2015 this year, and the Green Line feels like the future to me. Lot’s of people are riding it. How many? Take a look: According to the Metro Transit blog, “September’s strong light-rail ridership can partly be attributed to special events. More than 193,000 light-rail rides were taken to home sporting events last month.” […]

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Railroad Crossing Exempt

Now Exempt

Follow up on my Buses and Railroad Crossings post from August 11, 2014. At some point recently an “Exempt” sign was added, so buses need no longer stop here (the railroad crossing on Franklin Avenue adjacent to I-94). The line has been essentially unused since Bemis closed stopped getting shipments. The site is now being reconfigured as Brickhouse Lofts. In […]

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The golden leaves of the maple trees are set off magnificently by the deep blue sky.

Halloween, Hedges (because trees don’t alliterate) and Hydrants

12.5 Miles Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, South Como The warm October continued for another day, which gave me another chance to ride. Like yesterday, Halloween ornamentation and leaves were plentiful. On my bike rides I often see an object I otherwise wouldn’t lay eyes on. Many times it’s the unusual, but occasionally, it’s objects so commonplace […]

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