Central Corridor LRT

Green Line, green lights

Suppose you have a train moving along (parallel to) an East-West (EW) signalized arterial.

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Green Line signal priority Q&A

As the Green Line opened on June 14th, most of us were just excited to finally have a new service plying the busy Central Corridor area, but many were keeping an eye on their clocks and watches, checking its speed against the schedules that had been posted a couple of weeks earlier. On opening weekend, many trains were taking more than an hour to make it from end to end. The signal priority system that’s necessary for trains to operate smoothly just wasn’t working right. But hey, it was opening weekend, when 107,000 people turned out for free rides over two days—things were bound to be worse than normal.

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Happy times on the Green Line spurs business, beer

I crossed University Avenue to get on the Green Line at the Raymond Avenue station with a friend the other day. We were catching a downtown Minneapolis bar's happy hour. During the twenty minute ride to the Warehouse District, we chatted, not worrying about stop lights, reckless drivers or navigation errors.

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Three more Green Line station gripes

On the most recent streets.mn podcast, I interviewed fellow streets.mn writer David Levinson about transit and transportation while we rode the Green Line westward from end to end. Of course we had a fascination discussion all about the LRT and its costs, its foibles, and ways to improve it.

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The Green Line is wonderful but a challenge to access on foot

Cruising high above the Mississippi River on my first Green Line light rail ride was something I may never forget. It felt so…right. Some may find it absurd to hear me say it is worth the billion dollars just to ride it across the Mississippi.

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Revisiting "The Amazing Race:” LRT versus Car

I’m not an unquestioning LRT lackey. Some questions about LRT strike me as very fair.

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Some local businesses hurt after Green Line construction, despite efforts to prevent customer loss

About a week before large crowds gathered to celebrate the opening of the Green Line light rail, one business along the train filed for bankruptcy.

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A first ride on the Green Line – random thoughts

Like some 45,000 passengers, my family took the Green Line yesterday. Since there were 5 of us, we made up and we went both ways, and assume everyone else did too, we were in fact 1/4500 of all passengers (sounds a lot less impressive).

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A chance to look forward on transit

The opening of the Central Corridor provides an opportunity to celebrate the two LRT lines that now provide service between St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the airport. It’s important to remember that ridership for Hiawatha (Blue Line) has blown past projected ridership for 2020. The Blue Line averaged 31,000 weekday riders in the 3rd quarter of 2013, significantly above the 2020 projections of 24,800 riders. It succeeded because it connected major centers of activity and is surrounded by areas of relative density.

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Green Line grand opening at Union Station

Our best intentions to walk and take the train from downtown St Paul to Minneapolis and back again were derailed when the rain hit. Once the rain came at us horizontally, staying local made more sense. That was OK since there were plenty of activities at Union Station to keep up hopping!

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