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Old March 5th, 2014, 01:45 AM   #81
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Updates of the East End Line undergoing testing from Metro.











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Old March 5th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #82
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Great video and picture update! At first I was going to say the train seems to run really slow but as I watched the rest of the video it seems to run only a little bit slower than cars on the street. Maybe I expected it to run much faster.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 06:41 AM   #83
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The distance between the proposed Central Station Main and the northbound platform of the Main Street Square station is only 200 meters; this could be by far the shortest distance between two stations in a North american light rail system. By comparison, the distance between the Central Station Main and the Main Street Square Station's southbound platform is 400 meters.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 07:18 PM   #84
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I was in Houston over the weekend but sadly didn't get to see the new lines in operation. I wonder why there isn't a plan on the table to get a line going down Westheimer or Richmond. Houston could really benefit from an extensive light rail system.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 01:39 AM   #85
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I was in Houston over the weekend but sadly didn't get to see the new lines in operation. I wonder why there isn't a plan on the table to get a line going down Westheimer or Richmond. Houston could really benefit from an extensive light rail system.
There was a plan to add light rail to Richmond but thanks to opposition from the Afton Oaks neighborhood and Tom Culberson it got derailed and it still up in limbo. Westheimer is too narrow and does not have the right of way needed to add light rail along that corridor.

Anyways the North Line (Red Line extension) is up and running and the other two should be operational by the end of this year.
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Old August 29th, 2014, 10:23 AM   #86
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71jLmaGFC2k

Purple line construction on 8/24/14 from HAIFer ricco67
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Old August 31st, 2014, 03:52 AM   #87
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Thanks for the vid.

By the way just for future reference to embed youtube videos here, just do the following.

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Basically take the code above and just add [youtube] to the beginning and end of the code (except add the / at the second [youtube] bracket).

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Old September 1st, 2014, 11:33 PM   #88
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Thanks!

Here's the Green Line:

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Old September 17th, 2014, 03:49 AM   #89
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Swamplot: The Latest Designs for Metro’s Big Harrisburg Blvd. Overpass in the East End





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METRO HAS POSTED the latest designs for the enormous Hughes St. overpass along Harrisburg Blvd. on the far-east segment of the East End rail line. The $27-to-$42-million bridge is meant to carry cars and Green Line passengers over the Union Pacific East Belt freight rail line that runs north-south just west of Hughes St., between the soon-to-open East End line’s between the future Altic and Cesar Chavez stations. The posted design concepts, Metro notes, combine a “garden” wall and a wall noting a few 4-digit numbers important in the history of the neighborhood with a ribbon of white LED lighting above and blue accent lighting underneath and along the columns:
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That overpass looks like a pretty effective solution. It's great seeing Texas cities expanding their public transit options. Does Houston light-rail have any underground segments?
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That overpass looks like a pretty effective solution. It's great seeing Texas cities expanding their public transit options. Does Houston light-rail have any underground segments?
Not at the moment no although there was a section of either the Uptown Line or University line that was proposed to be below grade until funding got scrapped.

Right now I would say that the light rail system is entirely at grade with two above ground segments on the new Red Line extension that go over active freight rail lines.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #92
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New rail lines delayed until 2015
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Old September 25th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #93
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Old October 15th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #94
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Can't believe they don't want to use the westpark tollway right of way to build a new line
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Old October 16th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #95
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Houston Public Media: Ridership Numbers Increase For Metro's Light Rail, Down For Buses

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Metro has released new numbers showing more people are riding Houston's light rail, but ridership is down slightly for buses.

Metro officials say there were 81 million boardings on its buses and trains from October 2013 to September 2014. That's an overall increase of 1.2% over the previous year.

The biggest jump in ridership was on the light rail system, with an increase of over 12%.

But what about the bus system?

There was a 4.8% increase in the number of boardings on park and ride buses, but ridership was down on local bus routes by 1.3%.

That's something Metro hopes to reverse through its bus reimagining plan. New bus routes will be unveiled next summer.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #96
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As the article points out, the bus numbers are probably low because the routes they run are outdated. After the system reimagining gets implemented they'll probably go back up
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Old October 31st, 2014, 10:41 PM   #97
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Can't believe they don't want to use the westpark tollway right of way to build a new line
I live at the end of the Westpark Tollway and it's a complete cluster-f to drive in the morning now the kids have gone back to school. I was told that right of way might be used to expand the Tollway rather than expand the light rail.

It's a shame to see the land laying there unused. Either uses would be great, JUST USE IT!

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Swamplot: Metro ponders how to spend a light rail surplus

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Should Metro do with the extra $39.9 million it’ll end up with after the Southeast and East End rail lines open in April (on the 11th, it now looks like)? If the money isn’t spent, it’ll have to go back to the Federal Transit Administration, reports Dug Begley. $24.9 million of that would have to be spent on projects related to the year-plus-old North Line extension (the Red line), and $14.5 million would be restricted to use on the Southeast Line (aka the Purple Line). Among the proposals: building an elevated walkway between the bus transit center and the rail line at Northline; putting in extra parking at Palm Center, at the end of the Purple Line; shelters for bus stops near stations; an additional station on the Purple Line between Elgin and Leeland; safety or operational improvements, such as a restroom for train operators at a station; a crossing arm on Texas Ave. near Chartres St. [Houston Chronicle] Photo of Burnett Station: Skyline Art Services.

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Old January 24th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #99
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A photo of the Purple Line/Green Line trains undergoing testing in Downtown Houston.

[IMG]http://i61.************/xc7o78.jpg[/IMG]

Photos courtesy of Nate99 over at HAIF.
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That's good! Hopefully transit officials can put it to some good use.
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