Author Archive | Brendon Slotterback

Chart of the day: Car2Go Pilot Performance in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis has a pilot program for a number of car-sharing providers to use on-street spaces. The pilot ends in February of 2016. The City posts results of the pilots. I’ve built some comparisons over time from those results for Car2Go. The chart above is total miles drive and number of trip starts. […]

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Upstream Impacts of Electric Vehicles Depend on Kicking Coal

In a previous post on my blog, comparing the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of electric and fossil-powered vehicles generated a number of comments (via social media and the blog) to the effect of: “Power plants may be dirty, but you’re leaving out the upstream impact of refining the fossil fuels to power an internal combustion engine (ICE) […]

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Map of the day: Residential Water Use Per Capita, 2005

The Metropolitan Council is now accepting comments on their Master Water Supply Plan. Above is a map you’ll be hard pressed to find in the document, but comes from data published at Data Finder. Numbers in parentheses are residential gallons per capita, per day. 2005 is the most recent year for which they say they […]

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Seven Things That Could Make Transit Planning Better

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Council approved a “slimmed down” southwest light rail (Green Line Extension) project, the cost of which is now just shy of what planners projected in 2009 the Uptown (3C) route would have cost. At the time, 3C was considered too expensive to pass federal cost-effectiveness tests, even though ridership on 3C […]

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Chart of the Day: Land Use Requirements for Solar Energy

This chart shows the land area required to provide 100 percent of US electricity requirements in 2050, compared with other land uses in our great nation. Read this for a longer discussion of the land use impacts of low-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear. Some local land use conflicts have arisen in Minnesota recently […]

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Southwest LRT Planners Resolve Final Lawsuit by Eliminating Last 15 Stations

Planners at the Metropolitan Council say they have solved the latest, and hopefully final, lawsuit over the planned Southwest LRT transit line by eliminating all but the first three stations of the line. The line will now begin at Mitchell Station and end at Eden Prairie Town Center Station. “We’ve talked with all the stakeholders and local […]

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Map of the Day: Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zipcode

Today’s map shows an estimate of a household’s carbon footprint based on consumption of various goods and services.  You can explore the map here.  The maps and data come from the CoolClimate Network at the University of California Berkeley.  One thing that becomes clear as you explore the map: the carbon emissions from goods and […]

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Traffic in downtown Minneapolis. CC licensed by flickr user Drew Geraets

Creating a Low-Carbon Transportation System for MSP: Part One, Baselining

Thrive MSP 2040, the new regional plan for the 7-county metro adopted by the Metropolitan Council, includes moderately strong language about addressing climate change.  But the main implementation tool we’ve seen so far from the Council, the Draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan, doesn’t go nearly far enough.  In fact, it doesn’t even start where it should, with a […]

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Chart of the Day: Lane Miles Per Estimated Market Value

Today’s chart of the day is the second in a series.  Although Ramsey and Hennepin counties have far fewer lane miles per capita, they appear to make far more productive use out of each mile.  This chart shows lane miles per $100 million of estimated market value of assessed property.  This data comes from MNDOT and […]

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Chart of the day: Lanes Miles of Metro Counties Per 10,000 People

You may have heard that the Metropolitan Council delayed their decision on the new Transportation Policy Plan in the face of criticism from the five suburban counties.  These counties are concerned about the lack of investment in suburban highways, among other issues.  This chart shows how many total lane miles of roads each county has […]

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