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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #241
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Old March 30th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #242
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Old April 11th, 2012, 01:29 AM   #243
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:44 AM   #244
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If the units not share their immediate path with other transport, then how come the dual purpose of roadway to the tracks themselves?
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Old April 15th, 2012, 02:47 AM   #245
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Make an educated guess...
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Old April 15th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #246
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So we could have Metro's greatest hits vol 2
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Old April 15th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #247
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Nice, new light rail service to the Dynamos games?
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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #248
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Nice pictures, it looks like the East End line.
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Old June 11th, 2012, 05:04 AM   #249
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Some news on swamplot regarding a possible extension of the existing lightrail line to Missouri City.

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Missouri City Rail Route: To Bellfort or Not To Bellfort?
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A public meeting at the Together We Stand Christian Church tonight is the third of 4 Metro has scheduled to discuss the possible route of a new 9-mile light-rail leg connecting Missouri City to the southernmost stop on the existing light-rail line, roughly paralleling US Route 90A. Metro isn’t anticipating construction of the extension before 2017, but there are a couple of kinks to consider: The main difference between the 2 route alternatives being considered is the northeast end of the journey. The first alternative (above) jogs off 90A to follow Bellfort into the existing Fannin South rail station, while the second (below) takes the Holmes Rd. route in:
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Old June 11th, 2012, 05:06 AM   #250
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Looks like a commuter rail?
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Old June 12th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #252
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Looks like a commuter rail?
Well it was originally going to be commuter rail, however it appears that METRO decided in favor of just extending the existing light rail line along this alignment.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #253
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Well it was originally going to be commuter rail, however it appears that METRO decided in favor of just extending the existing light rail line along this alignment.
So was that to be the extent of the line, or was it supposed to go further? Reliant Stadium seems like a weird terminus to me.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #254
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So was that to be the extent of the line, or was it supposed to go further? Reliant Stadium seems like a weird terminus to me.
The line's main purpose is basically supposed to connect the rapidly growing southwest suburbs with the existing light rail line in a setup similar to the Denton A-Train near Dallas.

Now you could say why not just extend the existing light rail line that way, however between Missouri City and Reliant Stadium there is very little development and most buildings there are centered around industrial uses (which would have very little ridership) so having a commuter rail line might make more sense.

Anyways I am guessing the only reason METRO is looking at this option is to eventually extend this line even further into Missouri City eventually serving the suburbs of Sugar Land and Richmond as well.

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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #255
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Yeah, I agree... the lack of development along 90A (had to use Google Maps to see what you were saying) just screams "commuter rail!"

Unless, of course, they're planning to redevelop along that corridor.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 03:24 AM   #256
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Suburb-to-suburb commuter rail has been implemented in Beaverton, OR and Denton, TX, so why not Missouri City?
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Old June 16th, 2012, 03:20 AM   #257
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Suburb-to-suburb commuter rail has been implemented in Beaverton, OR and Denton, TX, so why not Missouri City?
In my opinion just having a line that stops at the edge of Missouri City in my opinion isn't going to cut it since there is very little residential out there near the line, for this line to be effective and gain more ridership it will have to be extended even further thru Missouri City to Sugar Land and Richmond to make it more convenient to commuters since those two suburbs have a sizable concentration of people who commute to the TMC, and therefore would be more likely to use this line if the stops were more conveniently located.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #258
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Some recent construction pics of the North, East, and Southeast lines from Skyscraperpage.





























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Old July 7th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #259
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What about monorails? Above ground rail is ok, but at-grade light-rail is an underperforming solution. It is the transit equivalent of having some traffic lights or roundabouts on Kate Freeway.
There are good reasons that there exist only very few functioning examples of that. Unless you have extreme geographical conditions like in Chongqing for example I see little reason for choosing monorail if you want to have a serious mass transportation system. The largest catch there is that you are caught with proprietary systems.

Light rail all depends on the platforms and traffic lights. If demand justifies you can give high enough priority to trains that they do not even have to stop anymore at crossings but just always get their way of right already in time. A light rail can be upgraded to very substantial capacities if need be.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #260
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Signal priority can wreck road traffic and multiply congestion if the light rail has a lot of train traffic, something (fortunately!) that authorities can't get away with in Houston.
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