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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Busways

This is only good news. People here are finally starting to realize that building highways without transit doesn't make congestion better, it makes it worse. The Hiawatha Light Rail line was hopefully only the beginning of a comprehensive transit network in this area.

We can have the Cedar Avenue busway, the Northwest busway, the Southwest busway/light rail line, the Seventh Street busway from St. Paul to the airport, a central corridor light rail line, and Northstar commuter rail. Minneapolis/St. Paul may finally grow up and be a real metropolis!

3 Comments:

At 8:26 PM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Luke Francl said...

Hear, hear!

The news that the Cedar Avenue busway has been funded is great.

I saw the Northstar video at the State Fair. It looks great.

What I'd like to see is Minneapolis and/or St. Paul use Tax Increment Financing to pay for intracity street car developments, like a downtown circulator, Uptown-LRT connector, or Grand Avenue circulator.

Portland has done this to redevelop an industrial zone to great effect. I saw a presentation on it, and the message was to pay for it all yourself if you can. Then you don't have to screw around with getting federal or state dollars.

 
At 8:25 AM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Steetcars...nothing like a 1930s solution to our 2005 traffic problems!

I'm a conservative, no doubt, but I say build rail lines from Minneapolis to Belle Plaine! In fact, let's not build any new roads for 10 years and only fund transit. Giddy up!

 
At 10:03 AM, September 02, 2005, Blogger Luke Francl said...

Maybe if we hadn't ripped up those 1930s street cars, our 2005 traffic problems wouldn't be so bad.

 

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