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Feedback sought on Cedar Avenue transit plans

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: February 2, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Discussions on how to improve transit on the Cedar Avenue continue this week with open houses that will allow stakeholders to provide input.

The Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority and its partner agencies (MnDOT,the Met Council and MVTA among them)  is conducting a review of transit service along the south metro corridor, specifically the Metro Red Line. The Red Line is the area's first bus rapid transit line, which runs 11 miles along Cedar Avenue from the Mall of America to Apple Valley Transit Station.

The Cedar Avenue Transitway Implementation Plan will look at current and future transit needs. The scope of the project includes:

  • Future station locations and design
  • Where buses will run on the roadway
  • Potential bus service improvements
  • Estimated costs for planned capital investments
  • Estimated costs for planned operations
  • Estimated future ridership levels for existing and planned transit service in the area
  • Prioritization for expansion of service and facilities

At open houses Monday and Wednesday, the public can talk with project staff and offer input on what it thinks is needed.

The meetings are from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Cedar Grove Transit Station, 4035 Nicols Road, Eagan, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Apple Valley Transit Station, 15450 Cedar Avenue S., Apple Valley.

Here is a link to the project's website.





9 a.m. update: Rush hour wrap up

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 19, 2015 - 9:02 AM

With Monday being Martin Luther King Day, lots of people had the day off work and that was evident on the roads.  Traffic moved at lightening speed all across the metro without much in the way of delays or crashes.

At present, there is one wreck on the system. A left-lane blocking crash on westbound I-494 approaching West Bush Lake Road in Bloomington is bringing traffic to a crawl.


Earlier the State Patrol responded to a rollover crash on eastbound I-94 at Hwy. 61. That occurred just before 5 a.m.  The only other crash of note was a vehicle that got caught up in a center median barrier on southbound 35W at County 23 in Lino Lakes.

Later today, look for possible traffic disruptions on University Avenue from Snelling Avenue to the State Capitol. Black Lives Matter has a march planned for 1 p.m.

Keeping tabs on Friday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 16, 2015 - 5:22 AM

Good morning, commuters!

The Friday rush hour begins with some police activity on the shoulder of eastbound I-394 at the I-94 interchange.

In St. Paul, be on the look out for a wreck on northbound Hwy. 52 at the exits to I-94. Two cars are involved.

We've also got a car in the ditch on the ramp from westbound I-94 to Weaver Lake Road in Maple Grove.

With temperatures just below the freezing mark, there could be some icy spots due to refreezing that occurred over night.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

Keeping tabs on Tuesday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 13, 2015 - 5:23 AM

Good morning, commuters!

It's another frigid morning, cold enough for black ice to form, so use caution as you move around the metro.

One place where it's really hot is on northbound I-35W at 95th Avenue in Blaine. That's where a fully-engulfed car fire is in progress.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

9 a.m. update: Rush hour wrap up

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Monday's morning commute was marred by crashes that occurred in bunches on Cedar Avenue and I-35W in the south metro, and on southbound 35W, 35E and Hwy. 169 in the north and west metro.

That resulted in long commute times for those on the roads between 7 and 9 a.m. 

The rash of crashes started just after 6 a.m. on southbound 35E at County Road 96. The left lane blocker led to a back up of nearly 3 miles to County Road 14 and a more than 40 minute drive to downtown St. Paul. That route has improved dramatically, but do look for some congestion approaching downtown St. Paul.

On Cedar Avenue, wrecks at McAndrews Road and 127th Street just after 7 set the tone for the day for driver in Apple Valley. Bumper to bumper traffic persisted all the way up to the Crosstown. Drive times were double what they should be for that trip.

The State Patrol is handling crashes on southbound 35W at County Road I and Stinson Blvd at the present, just one of at least five on the freeway between Lexington Avenue and Hwy. 280 this morning.  The current crash has traffic at a near standstill from Hwy. 280 and westbound Hwy. 36 slows at Fairview Avenue.

It was a mess on Hwy. 169 in both directions between Crosstown and Bass Lake Road. A northbound crash at Excelsior Blvd. and another at 7th Street had drivers sitting in traffic between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. while a left-lane blocker just south of 394 had southbound traffic crawling for more than an hour from Medicine Lake Road past a crash at 22nd Street.

In Bloomington and Burnsville, the stretch between Hwy. 13 and the 94th Street produced a trio of accidents, including one in which a pickup was facing the wrong direction in the HOT lane. Those crashes are long gone, but travel time at present is still 32 minutes from the Burnsville split into downtown Minneapolis.


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