Tag Archives: passenger rail

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National Links: Fast Trains, Bad Sidewalks and Rezoning Miami

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]

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The Minnesota Intercity Passenger Rail Plan – Getting Back On Track?

Public transportation policy and funding in Minnesota over the past several years – if not decades – has focused on roads, bridges and airports.  As Minnesota’s population changes, these modes alone cannot satisfy all of our transportation needs.  The time has come for investment in a truly multi-modal transportation system.   Many Midwestern states have invested […]

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Will Target Field Station Ever be a Rail Hub?

St. Paul Union Depot is a natural choice as a regional and intercity rail hub for St. Paul as the station is already in use and there’s plenty of room to expand when needed. However, Minneapolis is a different story. Amtrak doesn’t directly serve Minneapolis, but Target Field Station does have the Northstar Line providing […]

Map Monday: Fantasy Eastern US Rail Network

Here’s a map from erstwhile rail and transit blogger, Alon Levy, with a proposed “high-speed” / low-speed rail network that would connect to Minnesota. First, the map itself: For Levy’s proposal, the Chicago-to-Minneapolis travel time would be 2 hours and 30 minutes. There would also be connection north to Duluth. Here’s what Levy writes about […]

Sunday Summary – November 6, 2016

Did you turn your clock back?  Daylight Savings Time ended early this morning and there might be a few devices in your life which don’t automatically reset themselves. It is also time to vote: You can vote tomorrow or go to the polls on Election Day this Tuesday, but please vote!  streets.mn does not endorse […]

Sunday Summary – October 9, 2016

Heading for mid-October, streets.mn has a variety of posts this past week from a podcast with a local Council candidate (less than a month until the General Election!), to close looks at particular places in the metro area, and other good stuff.  Here’s the week:   Cars and trains Why Aren’t There More Crashes at […]

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Lessons from Norway for Minnesota Passenger Rail

When talking about expanding passenger train service in Minnesota and other parts of the U.S., it’s common to be told that our area of the country has cities that are too small and spread out for it to ever work. Supposedly, only the Northeast and a few other heavily-populated areas have the population and travel […]