Questions for Steering Committee Meeting June 9, 2010

2020 PARTNERS

 

Process

Who is the developer of the Interchange project?

What is the role of the developer?

We’ve talked a lot about public-private partnerships.  Is the Interchange envisioned as a public-private partnership?  If so, who are the partners and what are their specific roles?

How do you see the role of 2020 Partners?

What is the expected timeline, phasing and milestones for the project between now and 2014? 

How will you be working with stakeholders to develop this project?

What is the next step in the process?

Vision

For the past two years 2020 Partners has provided a table at which stakeholders could meet to collaborate and create a vision of the entire North Loop transportation hub and connections to the neighborhoods.  This comprehensive approach to city building has been one of 2020‘s fundamental purposes.  How does the proposed Interchange follow this approach?

The 5th Street Bridge was called out in 2020 Partner’s first working plan as an element in need of refinement.  The split bridge frustrates connections at many different levels.  Would you be willing to step back and create a vision that addresses some of the problems created by the split bridge?

Funding

Has a sources and uses of funds for the project been put together?  If so, what are summary numbers?

Why are we talking about building another expensive parking ramp when Target Field operations to date have shown the area already has sufficient parking?

Rail and Platform Alignment

What is the expected function of the proposed second platform? 

  • There is only one track eastbound from Target Field Station, and only one train at a time can be on that one track. The queuing on the ballpark promenade seems to work fine on game days, and the platform is just not that crowded at any other time that even with more users the volume couldn’t be accommodated with the existing platform. We must be talking about game days, because I don’t think we’re planning to add second platforms at other downtown stations. If the reason for the second platform is volume on game days, why not pull the second platform farther away from the first platform and allow riders to enter and exit the ballpark at the home plate entrance. Wayfinding can be accomplished with signage (Chicago, NYC) rather than more space. 

How much track length is needed for all the switching which needs to take place? 

How much track length is required for train storage?

What is the cost differential of tearing out existing tracks and elevating the new tracks and plaza vs. tearing out existing tracks, lowering the bridge, re-aligning tracks and placing the trains in the middle of 5th Street and 6th Avenue?

Is there a planned Bottineau maintenance / service spur on 5th Street?  How would the Bottineau trains get to this alignment?

What criteria were used as a guide to make decisions as the trains move through this part of downtown?

Will you explore other options besides the raised track option?

Will you conduct a cost-benefit analysis of each reasonable option?

Based on the County proposal, does the neighborhood want/need another 2 acre plaza, who wants another 550 car parking ramp, and who would catch the bus at the HERC station? Are we building for 85 game days a year or 365?


HERC

Why so much emphasis on garbage trucks crossing train tracks?  It would appear trains weigh much more than trucks.  Also, the majority of garbage trucks come from the 94 direction, which implies they would only be crossing at grade tracks when they leave HERC, and the only traffic back up would be on HERC property at the HERC stop light.

I thought HERC was a good thing and now we want to cover it up behind a wall?  What about the plans to improve the building and showcase it as the great green future looking power house providing for the area?


Urban Design

The DAG 360 design principles were adopted by City, County, and Implementation Committee. Those principles have provided the template for development in this area. How does the proposed interchange further those principles?

One of the roles of 2020 Partners is to promote creating connections within the neighborhood and to adjacent neighborhoods – how does this proposal fulfill this objective?

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