flyingember wrote:The I-29 bridge on N. Oak isn't high enough. Need 16 feet clearance and it's not. Getting the train past Vivion Rd will be the first barrier going north let alone traveling all the way to the airport
Given NKC passed a TDD in 2008 and is moving forward with Burlington corridor biking improvements with rail in mind, I would expect it's up the next easiest line to build.
A N-S spine crossing the river will connect the four major jobs centers all in a row: NKC, downtown, midtown, Plaza and dozens of bus lines will have a one transfer connection to it. This primes the system for heading into suburban neighborhoods like the east side by giving them a place to ride to.
Agreed, the HoA is overkill for use and there is an existing rail corridor through NKC. After the initial survey I believe the conclusion was not sufficient density to support a bridge crossing plus TDD.
Perhaps we have met/past the tipping point? There are a ton of low rise industrial and several promising vacant lots along Burlington alignment. However, many of those land owners may feel a streetcar would impact their bottom line and perhaps result in them being displaced. This would make them money in selling their land to a developer, so I guess it's a trade off.
I didn't consider the 29 bridge. It would add significant cost to lower the roadbed about a foot or so, but perhaps not that bad in the grand scheme of that proposed project. We might need some type of Seattle style ST-3 regional funding scheme to make the whole project feasible.