Scott County unhappy with busway station plans

  • Article by: David Peterson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 11:05 PM

Station locations planned for the rapid busway make little sense to residents, but they get schooled a bit as well.

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liberaleliteJul. 2, 13 9:14 PM

Scott and Carver: You've opted out of the regional CTIB tax to fund these investments. Your land use patterns are not conducive to transit other than express buses highly subsidized by "free" parking to lure riders. You don't get to have BRT.

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bvilwatchdogJul. 4, 13 8:33 AM

liberalelite is referring to the .25% transit improvement sales tax that the rest of the twin cities surrounding counties are collecting for mass transit.

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aarghmebuckoJul. 5, 13 7:50 AM

A couple of points: 1. The BRT route is highly duplicative of the SWLRT route starting with the Golden Triangle station and then points north and east. Is this an indication of Met Council moving away from LRT? 2. Who in their right mind would build a major housing/retail/business development in an area based on something as potentially fleeting as BRT? That's the problems with BRT - it functions best with preexisitng land use that can benefit from it, and is by its very nature, reactive instead of proactive. Sadly, reactive seems to be the primary planning approach used at the Met Council.

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ThegonagleJul. 6, 13 4:02 PM

BRT and LRT each have a place, but LRT is by far the better investment, IMO. Light rail can serve to stimulate development and redevelopment, because once it goes in, it won't go away any time soon. A bus stop can be there one day and gone the next. They don't stimulate development, but they can be good for serving an existing need cost-effectively. However, where there is little need, a bus serves little purpose.

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