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According to Mark Fuhrman, Central Corridor Project Manager, a 10-12-hour “technical analysis” is required to compute the Cost-Effectiveness Index (CEI) for the proposed 11-mile LRT line. The CEI supposedly estimates the yearly cost of the LRT line/hour of travel time saved.
The proposed Central Corridor Project eliminates the parking lane on University Avenue. The parking lane is also used as a bus pullover lane. With no pullover lanes, the buses would block traffic at each stop. The traffic blockage would increase travel time for travelers in the corridor.
During the 10-12 hour “technical analysis,” how is the increase in travel time, caused by the buses blocking traffic at each stop, calculated?
The proposed 11-mile LRT line would pass through the intersection of Snelling and University Avenues. At that intersection, the volume of north-south traffic on Snelling is greater than the volume of east-west traffic on University Avenue.
During rush hours, the frequency of the proposed LRT service is every 7½ minutes in each direction. Assuming both the east bound and west bound trains would not arrive at the intersection at exactly the same time, during rush hours, a train would pass through the intersection, on average, every 3-4 minutes.
During rush hours, when trains would pass by every 3-4 minutes, traffic on Snelling Avenue would back up for a considerable distance, causing a considerable delay for motorists waiting to pass through the intersection.
Where in the 10-12-hour “technical analysis” is there an accurate calculation of the increased travel time for motorists traveling through the Snelling-University intersection?
The Route 16 bus line is the most frequent, most heavily-used, most cost-effective Metro Transit service. The proposed Central Corridor Project doubles the wait-time for a significant portion of the passengers on the Route 16 who do not board and exit the buses at the proposed LRT stops.
Where in the 10-12-hour “technical analysis” is there an accurate calculation of the increased travel time for current bus riders?
Questions and comments regarding the FEIS are due by July 27, 2009
For questions or comments regarding the FEIS, contact:
Kathryn O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-602-1927 or
Central Corridor LRT Project Office
540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 200
St. Paul, MN 55104