Minneapolis council committee doesn’t like either proposed transit route
There are two choices for a new mass transit route through north Minneapolis, and on Tuesday, City Council committee members selected the route they don’t like, as opposed to the route they really don’t like.
The council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee is reviewing plans for the Bottineau Transitway Proposal, which is about to enter the draft stage of its Environmental Impact Statement.
The key question concerns how much either route wil replica watches uk l serve north Minneapolis, rather than just letting suburban riders pass through on their way into the city.
“We need to restore the streetcars that were on West Broadway,” said Council Member Don Samuels, who represents the area.
Agreeing, Council Member Robert Lilligren said: “We need this part of the city to be better served by transit. None of these altern replica watches uk atives serve north Minneapolis very well.”
The route council members really don’t like would come down Penn Avenue for a mile and would require acquisition of all the single family homes on the west side of the street. Also, e West Broadway, where there are hopes of economic development, would be reduced from four lanes to two lanes.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has drafted a letter to be discussed today that would approve the route that would take the houses on Penn. The letter says that would be less disruptive to area park land.
Plastic yard waste bagsCome April 9, Minneapolis residents will have to pack their yard waste in paper or compostable plastic bags, just like everyone else in the state. The city also will pick up yard waste in 33 g replica watches uk allon reusable plastic bins.
The changes come at a time when many people still have plastic bags of leaves left over from last fall, when pick up service ended before some people stopped raking leaves.
“This will cause surprise among our residents,” said Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy. “We were given extra time [by the state] because of the size and complications of our system.”
Educational efforts are in the works. Residents should look for information in their mailboxes and for tags placed on garbage cans. Residents also should get those leftover bags to the curb as soon as the city begins yard waste collection to beat the April 9 deadline.
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Note that the Bottineau Policy replica watches uk Advisory Committee (PAC) ignored countless hours of community engagement and a survey by the Northside Transportation Network to pick the D2 c option (the one that destroys Penn Ave.) over the much more reasonable D2 a, D2 b (the community’s preference for a D2 alignment), D2 d and D2 w.
There is some speculation that the PAC picked D2 c in order to make D1 more palatable.
Nor mater which alignment is picked, we absolutely need a modern streetcar on West Broadway. None of the alignments serve W. Broadway east of Penn Ave. and D1 doesn’t serve it at all.