Originally Posted by bcp
is this corridor and small extension possibly the most over-wrought analysis of all time? it's been going on for over 10 years...and this 150 page study results in no preferred-alternative...more analysis to come. (unless i totally missed it...?)
alternative 2 would be good for AS...the extensions just seem kinda silly, and the twists and turns of the NWSS extension? my god what a painful ride that would be...
from the study...
"How long would it take to travel from 38th/Blake to the Convention Center?
The traffic and travel modeling conducted for this project estimated that a one-way trip from
the 38th/Blake station to the Convention Center would take approximately 24 minutes."
anybody see a problem here?
i'm being a curmudgeon on this one...but gotta call a spade a spade here i think.
Alt. #1 was rejected
Alt. #2 was rejected also
"This option was also rejected by the project team (after consultation with stakeholders) because it would result in delays and operational inefficiencies in the downtown loop since there is no pocket track for CRE operations, which also affects user convenience and impacts the downtown traffic signal network."
Sounds like to me that they have settled on Alternative 3A or 3B, both of which will have to be studied again to determine which they are going with. Basically adds a station at the front of the convention center and some extra siding track at 14th and stout to allow more trains through downtown. Those two options aren't all that different from each other, so one would hope that they could be decided on fairly quickly. There is no funding at this time either, so maybe it doesn't really matter if they decide that quickly.
I also found it interesting that the wheel chair ramps are being converted to modular, so that they can be moved around or even eliminated easily in the future....because it looks like they are seriously considering low floor cars!