The first RTD MetroRide buses are just about ready, and looking great at their assembly plant in Minnesota.
MetroRide will run on a special downtown Denver circulator route similar to the 16th Street MallRide shuttle, except it will only operate during commuting periods on weekday mornings and evenings.
Photo from RTD.
The stations are also visibly under construction.
Left: Bus stop construction photo from RTD. Right: Bus stop rendering from Krische Construction .
At 7:10 this evening, the California Zephyr Amtrak train bound for Chicago will quietly become the first train to use Denver Union Station’s new platforms, under the landmark white canopy. Following it, all Amtrak trains through Denver from now on will use Union Station instead of the temporary depot at 20th & Wewatta.
Although most of Union Station is still under construction, and not yet open to passengers, this marks the first major milestone in the opening of the station. For now Amtrak passengers will still use temporary facilities to wait, buy tickets, and retrieve luggage.
The underground bus terminal is expected to open in May, followed by the interior of the historic depot building in July. The first RTD trains aren’t scheduled to use the new platforms until 2016, when commuter rail begins service to the airport and other points north.
Sochi’s main Olympic Village is 20 miles southeast from downtown Sochi, near the city’s airport. It’s home to the athlete residences, stadiums for the indoor sports, a theme park, and a huge rail station. The venues for mountain sports are 35 miles inland, near Krasnaya Polyana.
Satellite view of Sochi’s Olympic Village. Original image from Google.
This map, from the American Intercity Bus Riders Association, attempts to show all the major intercity rail and bus routes in America. It includes Amtrak, Greyhound, and several other bus carriers.
Colorado may not have a Front Range passenger rail line yet, but it turns out you can actually travel to a lot of places without a car.
Map of Amtrak and intercity bus lines, from AIBRA.
It’s probably impossible for this kind of map to be 100% accurate all the time. In all likelihood there are some missing links, and missing carriers. But it’s still quite an impressive undertaking, and a useful tool to bookmark.
Every time it snows, vast sections of city streets remain covered by snow long after plows and moving cars have cleared the travel lanes. These leftover spaces are called “sneckdowns,” and they show where sidewalks or medians could replace roads without much loss to car drivers.
Photo by Anne G on flickr.
The term sneckdown is a portmanteau of “snow” and “neckdown,” the latter being another term for sidewalk curb extensions. So it literally means a sidewalk extension created by snow.
New York’s biggest urbanist blog, Streetsblog, put out a call for photos of sneckdowns in the wild earlier this winter. They’ve received plenty of responses.
Be on the lookout for these as winter continues to roll along.