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The North Minneapolis-Southwest LRT Connection

The Southwest Corridor will dramatically improve the transit connection between North Minneapolis and the southwest suburbs. Today, if a Northside resident wants to travel to Hopkins, a one transfer bus ride is available during rush hour every 20 minutes, and it takes 46 minutes to get there from the corner of North 7th Street & […]

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Transit Budgets Expose Hidden Costs of Roads

Transit projects make for easy political targets because of high construction costs. They have prices in the many millions of dollars, and occasionally tip into the billions, which brings critics out of the woodwork. It’s difficult to know whether certain projects are justifiable or not, particularly because different modes of transportation concentrate and spread out […]

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Speeding Up the Green Line

The Green Line’s on-time performance is poor. Few trains are able to meet the already relaxed running time. Lateness of 5 minutes is typical and 12 minutes not uncommon. After almost a month of late and erratically timed trains, it’s clear that unnecessarily restrictive traffic signals in St. Paul are the culprit. In contrast, Minneapolis […]

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Strangulation on the Green Line

Public officials and planners made a huge mistake when they chose to place the Central Corridor “Green Line” Light Rail Transit (LRT) on University Avenue. Enchanted by federal money and obsessed with dreams of economic development, they forgot the obvious purpose for a light rail train: better mass transit. We must recognize this huge error […]

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Published on Jan 11, 2014 One weekday (from 4:00am to 4:00am) of transit activity in Minneapolis and St. Paul, based on the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data made available by Metro Transit (http://www.metrotransit.org/) and the Metro Valley Transit Authority (MVTA http://www.mvta.com/).

Minneapolis and St. Paul Transit: one day of activity

  Published on Jan 11, 2014 One weekday (from 4:00am to 4:00am) of transit activity in Minneapolis and St. Paul, based on the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data made available by Metro Transit (http://www.metrotransit.org/) and the Metro Valley Transit Authority (MVTA http://www.mvta.com/). Rail lines and the Metro Red and Blue lines are shown with “tails” […]

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Free parking at Target Field Station Plaza

Free Parking at Target Field Station

An anonymous reader passes along the following: The focal point of all seated on the relatively nice new grand plaza steps was…a surface parking lot. Free parking to boot. Seemingly this parking was being used for the Caribou Coffee that is part of the station development and located on the other side of the bridge. […]

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Three More Green Line Station Gripes

On the most recent streets.mn podcast, I interviewed fellow streets.mn writer David Levinson about transit and transportation while we rode the Green Line westward from end to end.   Of course we had a fascination discussion all about the LRT and its costs, its foibles, and ways to improve it. (It’s also worth mentioning that […]

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