Archive | March, 2014

Chart of the Day – Percentage of Miles of Twin City Urban Freeway System Congestion

This graph shows the percentage of congested directional miles on the MnDOT managed freeway system for the Twin Cities metro area, from the Metropolitan Freeway System 2012 Congestion Report. The trend lines show the difficulties with extrapolation, as choosing different bases will produce widely different trends. The 10 year trend is essentially flat, projecting a […]

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Chart of the Day – Twin Cities Freeway Congestion

MnDOT publishes an annual congestion report, showing congestion on freeways in the greater Twin Cities area. MnDOT defines congestion as segments where speeds are below 45 MPH. N.B. The proximate supply-side cause of the congestion may be downstream bottlenecks, so this map is reflecting the effect, not necessarily the cause. The demand-side cause of the […]

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Lines On Our Map

The Twin Cities: A metropolitan region that certainly values idea of transit–in the abstract. It’s full of well-intentioned people (and politicians!) who travel to Chicago ~once a year and take the Blue Line into the city from O’Hare. And college graduates who spent a semester abroad in Hamburg and fashion themselves as folks who know […]

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MetroTransit Factbook Number Crunching

MetroTransit releases a factbook every year, and 2013 was just released (2012 here). The formatting makes this an attractive way to showcase the entirety of work that MetroTransit does for the community, from outreach to the U-Pass, the details add up to a trove of possible calculations begging to be analyzed, or just toyed with, […]

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Future Transit Map

Many of you have seen this Future Transit Map for the Twin Cities by Kyril Negoda, but it is still an admirable piece of work, putting to shame earlier official renderings, and deserving of mention. (Prints are available.) Cameron Booth, the arbiter of quality Transit Maps says: I’ve been following this project with interest for quite a […]

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Sunday Sketch – Sketching The Awesome Awfulness of Present-Day Landscapes.

Until the modern age, visual artists such as Rembrandt or Van Gogh had a relatively straightforward task when it came to painting or drawing landscapes; all they needed to do was paint what they saw just outside their front door or down the street. Today, the visual artist has to contend with a landscape cluttered […]

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Sunday Summary – March 2, 2014

The Sunday Summary is a quick guide to stories and features on streets.mn in the previous week. Regular features this week include the new Charts of the Day with three charts on three days illustrating work trip mode share information starting with Minnesota, zooming in to the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area and then Minneapolis.  Focusing by […]

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30 Days of Biking (video)

Registration is now open for 30 Days of Biking! 30 Days of Biking, whose fifth year begins April 1, has one rule: Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives and preserves the […]

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