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Old February 18th, 2012, 03:11 AM   #181
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #182
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Two hours and 3 buses to get home and people say living in big citys you have alot things to do !
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Old February 20th, 2012, 10:13 PM   #183
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I found the TV station's selection of that rider and his comments absurdly telling
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:52 AM   #184
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More progress on the Southeast Line.

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Old February 23rd, 2012, 12:00 AM   #186
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Is that an elevated station they're building?
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:13 AM   #187
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I assume Houston METRO has already put it's order in for S70 LRVs? Will the East and Southeast Lines use the same maintenance facility?

At-grade or not, this is going to be a sweet LRT system. Houstonites should grow more accustom to Light Rail as the system grows and Houston should lose it's 'Most dangerous LRT in the country' stigma in a decade or so like the Los Angeles Blue Line.
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Old February 24th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #188
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Is that an elevated station they're building?
No that is just the elevated viaduct, all stations will be at grade.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:58 AM   #189
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I assume Houston METRO has already put it's order in for S70 LRVs? ...
Houston has ordered 39 LRVs from CAF USA, which is a subsidiary of Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles. The CAF USA LRVs feature five segments riding on three bogies, and are entirely low-floor, which makes them quite different from any other LRVs presently in operation in the United States.

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Houston's original fleet consisted of 18 Siemens Avanto S70 light-rail vehicles. A further 19 were ordered prior to the contract with CAF USA.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #190
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Houston has ordered 39 LRVs from CAF USA, which is a subsidiary of Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles. The CAF USA LRVs feature five segments riding on three bogies, and are entirely low-floor, which makes them quite different from any other LRVs presently in operation in the United States.

http://www.cafusa.com/ingles/product...d=630&sec=desc



Houston's original fleet consisted of 18 Siemens Avanto S70 light-rail vehicles. A further 19 were ordered prior to the contract with CAF USA.
Argh....with these CAF USA LRVs...if they even should be called LRVs.....I have to concede....this is basically a European tram.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #191
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Those trams look sleek indeed
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Old February 25th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #192
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Argh....with these CAF USA LRVs...if they even should be called LRVs.....I have to concede....this is basically a European tram.
http://www.cafusa.com/ingles/product...=630&sec=prest

Maximum speed (Km/h): 70

70 Km/h = 43.5 mph

Yeah, it's a tram.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #193
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Maximum speed (Km/h): 70

70 Km/h = 43.5 mph

Yeah, it's a tram.
Vehicles itself can run faster it's just a normative.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #194
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I didn't know Houston was expanding its light rail system. This is good and I hope the expansions will get much more people to use the system.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #195
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Vehicles itself can run faster it's just a normative.
I suppose the maximum operational speed of 66 mph claimed for the Siemens S70s presently used in Houston is also a normative < http://www.mobility.siemens.com/shar...ouston_s70.pdf >. Given that the existing line runs on city streets, the S70s probably never exceed 45 mph in actual service. My guess is that the transit authority in Houston considered the configuration of the new and existing lines when they settled on vehicles with an advertised maximum speed of 43.5 mph.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #196
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Vehicles itself can run faster it's just a normative.
Normative or not, this is still a tram. Houston is basically building a European style tram system. I argued against this fact before, but these new vehicle just confirm it. You'd never catch a tram like this on an LRT system like Seattle, Los Angeles or Edmonton, just to name a few.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 06:43 AM   #197
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Normative or not, this is still a tram. Houston is basically building a European style tram system. I argued against this fact before, but these new vehicle just confirm it. You'd never catch a tram like this on an LRT system like Seattle, Los Angeles or Edmonton, just to name a few.
There is no difference between a light rail system and a tram system, they are essentially the same thing.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:28 AM   #198
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I haven't seen a map posted in this thread. Is this what Houston will have running by the end of 2012?

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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:49 AM   #199
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No, the latest estimate for the East End and Southeast line along with the extension of the Red Line has been pushed back to 2015.

As for the the University Line and Uptown Line, they still have not made it out of the planning process thanks to opposition from NIMBY groups.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #200
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No, the latest estimate for the East End and Southeast line along with the extension of the Red Line has been pushed back to 2015.

As for the the University Line and Uptown Line, they still have not made it out of the planning process thanks to opposition from NIMBY groups.
Sadly I got my hopes up after finding this map. I'm so disappointed in this country's ability to get public transit projects completed in a timely fashion especially after seeing Guangzhou and Shenzhen in 2010. They build their shit fast. The university line along Richmond to Hilcroft would be a great line to have today. Hell all of the lines with a line to the airports would be perfect.

At least the northern redline extension is in progress.

Here is another map I found....seems to represent the lines better:


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