Nov 29 2012, 06:00 PM
While I support the argument for running new light rail lines through densely populated areas to tap those ridership generators, there are benefits to running via less populated areas as well. For one, the LRT can run faster since it does not have stops as close together... which speeds up the ride for those travelling through the area. Being on its own right-of-way sure helps.
A good example is Hoboken, where the HBLRT ended up following an old freight right-of-way around the west side of the city instead of through the main part of the city. That route generated its own ridership as transit-oriented development sprung up around the new stations. For Metro Transit, this may not be entirely possible as the interviewed resident pointed out, as it is considered to be green park space.
But light rail should not be passed up. Since Bottineau will be an extension of the Blue Line (currently Hiawatha) northwest of Target Field (station to be The Interchange), these people would have a one seat ride to both the MSP International Airport and the Mall of America.
Dec 5 2012, 01:55 PM
The Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council called hundreds of community members about the Bottineau Transitway project and found that 57% of survey participants would support light rail. View the full article
Dec 19 2012, 10:58 AM
"Yes, houses would be displaced, but there are more houses," Schumacher said. "But there isn't more parkland to be taken up."
Experience has shown that those displaced usually end up in better circumstances.