12-21-16: It's been an entire year... still no answer to our now ONE question:
How can this new route possibly cost 62% less than the already built $112 million dollar Red Line Corridor in Apple Valley? It has the same number of stations, yet the Red Rock corridor will be over twice the length (13 vs 30 miles)? see link for why this is the one question:
Red Rock Corridor Faces Delays as 7 Facts Become Undeniable
10-26-16 Open House: A tax payer who attended, printed out this article and asked the County Staff at the event to answer the one Question from the Original 3 we asked in December 2015. The corridor planner at the event, Lyssa Leitner, did not know the answer. She put him in contact with the contracted planner who stated they were not familiar with the Red Line. Which still does not answer the question about the ridiculous low cost estimate of the project.
8-16 update: We still had no response so we asked again on the 15th and Commissioner Greene responded "With your blessing I'd like to run a little interference for Lyssa Leitner. With all the back-and-forth, and then the permanent state of flux caused by the legislative session, and the lack of a special legislative session, she has really had her hands full - and will for the foreseeable future."
This is of course a disturbing response from an elected official so we responded to all 40 leaders asking why one question can not be answered. See the email: "8 months to respond to one serious Red Rock Corridor Q is not time enough?"
7-16 update: We didn't get a response so we brought it down to just one question. How can this new route possibly cost 62% less than the already built $112 million dollar Red Line Corridor in Apple Valley, have the same number of stations, yet be over twice the length (13 vs 30 miles)?
3-16 update: still no answers despite Commissioner Greene of Hennepin County trying to help. So we emailed her that if the six questions were too pressing than how about at least these two questions. She agreed to try to get one of the 40+ leaders to get answers:
"two unanswered questions that even supporters of the project are very interested to know:
This post is part 3 on the coverage of the now approved Red Rock Corridor (RRC) route change that has doubled the number of station stops from 6 to 12, among other changes. The planners call it "The Implementation Plan".
Part 1 began with the following post in December 2015 how Washington County Refuses to Disclose Latest Red Rock Corridor Cost Analysis.
Part 2 in January 2016 revealed Proof Washington County Mislead us all about the Red Rock Corridor.
The RRC Commission was unphased and on January 28th 2016 they approved the route change while the public had no access to the study data they based their decision on. On February 26th, the Implementation plan data was finally posted for the public.
I reviewed the Implementation Plan data and emailed my interpretation to the same 40+ decision makers and also received no reply.
In the Implementation plan data I found the huge cuts in costs were from apparently making up new costs from their previous studies with decreases in expense estimates on not only quantity but also unit costs... even for the same previously studied 6 stop BRT route.
|Red Rock Corridor Staff:|
Lyssa Leitner, Washington County Red Rock Corridor Chief Planner, Lyssa.Leitner@co.
Hally Turner, Washington County Transportation Planner, hally.turner@co.
Jan Lucke, Washington County Transportation Planning Manager, jan.lucke@co.
Don Theisen, Washington County Director of Public Works, Don.Theisen@co.
Matt Parent, Dakota County Transit Specialist, matthew.parent@co.
Laura Kearns, Washington County Office Specialist, laura.kearns@co.
Washington County Commissioners:
Hastings City Council Members:
Mayor Paul Hicks, mayorhicks@hastingsmn.
Lori Braucks, lbraucks@hastingsmn.
Mark Vaughan, mvaughan@hastingsmn.
Anthony Alongi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Balsanek, JBalsanek@
Tony Nelson, email@example.com
Danna Elling Schultz, DEllingschultz@
St. Paul Park City Council Members:
mayor Keith Franke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandi Dingle, email@example.com
Jeff Swenson, jswenson@stpaulpark.
Tim Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jennifer Cheesman, jcheesman@
Cottage Grove City Council:
Mayor Myron Bailey, email@example.com
Jen Peterson, councilmemberjen@
David Thiede, firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Olsen, email@example.com
Newport City Council:
Mayor Tim Geraghty, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Sumner, sumner.newport@gmail.
Tom Ingemann email@example.com
Tracy Rahm, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Lund, email@example.com
Adam Duininck, Chair of Met Council, Adam.Duininck@metc.
Other decision makers on Red Rock Corridor Commission who were not mentioned previously:
Marion Greene, Hennepin County Commissioner, marion.greene@
Janice Rettman, Ramsey County Commissioner, janice.rettman@
Mike Slavik, Dakota County Commissioner, mike.slavik@co.
Cam Gordon, Minneapolis City Councilor, cam.gordon@
Jim Mcdonough, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority member, jim.mcdonough@co.
Kevin Roggenbuck, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority member, kevin.roggenbuck@co.
Others involved in decision making:
Lynne Bly from MDOT, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related County Corridor Articles:
Red Rock Corridor Plan Falls Apart Now Wants to be Called Route 363
Gateway Corridor vs Metro Transit: How State's $9 million Route Upgrade Could Replace the Gateway Corridor
At Her Own Crossroads: Will Representative Fenton Lead or Appease