On Wednesday, President Obama signed a bill authorizing the construction of a new Stillwater Bridge, a $690 million project that will serve possibly 18,000 car trips per day. Here are some other transportation segments that serve at least 18,000 trips per day.
- Nicollet Mall, north of S 7th Street SE – 20,000 pedestrian trips per day
- SE Washington Ave, west of SE Union St – 19,000 pedestrian trips per day
- Hiawatha LRT line – 30,000 trips per day
- Metro Transit Route 14 (6,494) + Route 21 (12,886) – 19,380 trips per day
- Metro Transit Route 6 (8,878) + Route 18 (10,759) – 19,637 trips per day
- Proposed 11-corridor Twin Cities Arterial Bus Rapid Transit current weekday ridership – 73,000 trips per day
- Proposed 11-corridor Twin Cities Arterial Bus Rapid Transit 2030 projected weekday ridership (with rapid bus improvements) – 137,000 trips per day (total capital cost: $352 million)
- S Washington Avenue in Minneapolis – 22,000 car trips per day
- Hennepin Avenue S in Minneapolis – 19,000 car trips per day
- Oak Street SE in Minneapolis – 18,000 car trips per day
- Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul – 30,000 car trips per day
- Lexington Parkway in Saint Paul – 25,000 car trips per day
- Dale Street in Saint Paul – 18,000 car trips per day
- E 7th Street in Saint Paul – 22,000 car trips per day
To name just a few. Some of these facilities may currently have adequate capacity, but I’m sure quite a few are in a state of deferred maintenance (potholes, surfacing) or could use significantly better infrastructure (bus signs, shelters, pedestrian facilities, intersection redesign, etc) to serve existing users. I assume that if any of these segments need improvement, we’ll see bipartisan support and state and federal funding up to $690 million per.
(A special runner-up goes to the SE Washington Ave Bridge, which in 2011 saw an estimated 6,850 bicycle trips per day. That’s only about 38% of 18,000, so $262 million for bike improvements on this span should suffice.)
Cross-posted at netdensity.net
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