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Old May 4th, 2013, 01:39 AM   #321
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Where is the underpass project ? In Downtown ?
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Old May 4th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #322
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Where is the underpass project ? In Downtown ?
It's here, a bit east of downtown.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #323
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I see, thank you.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #324
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Here is a fun graphic of Houston's sprawl heritage


http://blog.chron.com/thetexican/201...rawl/?cmpid=ns
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Old July 13th, 2013, 05:38 AM   #325
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Some photos of the North Line. Right now they are testing the trains and the East End Line, Southeast Line, and the North Line are expected to be open to the public by December of this year.

Some photos of the North Line. Right now they are testing the trains and the East End Line, Southeast Line, and the North Line are expected to be open to the public by December.



































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Old July 13th, 2013, 05:53 AM   #328
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Some photos of the various rail segments being constructed in Downtown.

























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Old July 14th, 2013, 11:19 AM   #329
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Here is a PDF with a big map of the existing, u/c and planned lines: http://www.gometrorail.org/clients/2491/473439.pdf

here the status of Southeast line:
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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #330
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Good updates from Houston
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Old July 18th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #331
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This is such an awesome development for Houston. I can't wait to see the day all large cities in the U.S. have local rail lines that rival the old streetcar systems.

It surprises me that an Oil city like Houston is doing this. It's only a good thing and would love to see it expand more.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 03:28 AM   #332
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Source: Houston Press (http://www.houstonpress.com/slidesho...m--40056901/#1)





























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Old August 17th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #333
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Houston Chronicle
http://blog.chron.com/thehighwayman/...-for-december/

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North Line testing continues on track for December
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The first train to ride along the new North Line under its own power will do so early next month, Metropolitan Transit Agency officials said.

Work on the line, the first of three new ones opening in the next 17 months, is nearly complete and on pace to carry riders in December, said David Couch, Metro’s vice-president of capital projects.

Trains will be pulled along the tracks next week so officials can test clearance issues along the 5.3-mile extension and at stations. The North Line connects University of Houston Downtown with the Northline Transit Center north of Loop 610 near Interstate 45.

Power along the line will be turned on and tested, and eventually a train sometime in early September will trudge north of the downtown campus, across White Oak Bayou and north along Main and Fulton streets.

Work on the line started about four years ago, and was at one point risked by Metro’s use of a Spanish company to build 39 of its incoming rail cars. Washington and local officials rectified the problem in 2011, inking a $900 million agreement to use Federal Transit Administration funds to build the North Line and Southeast Line, still under construction.

Combined, the two lines will cost $1.6 billion.

So far, Metro has received $523.7 million of the federal money. Another $189 million was approved and expected in the next 30 days, Metro officials said this week. The remaining $187.3 million is expected to come next year, officials said, shortly before the Southeast Line opens in late 2014.


Crews pulled a Metro train along the new North Line in May. Photo: Karen Warren/ Houston Chronicle
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #334
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Some new construction photos of the North Line, which at this point mostly consists of artwork installation and finishing touches being added to the stations. Trains are currently being tested along this line segment.















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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #336
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On my recent trip to Mexico City we had to transfer at Houston and I got beautiful views of the Houston areas including the downtown.

Outside the core towers I could hardly believe my eyes ............ it looked like endless sprawl with almost no development or population between the core and the original ring road. I'm glad to see Houston embracing transit but it makes me wonder how these lines will get ridership in such an incredible spread out city with little inner city population. This is made worse by the fact that the city's freeway system is massive and getting bigger with an unbelievable 3rd ring road.

I certainly hope I'm wrong.
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Old August 27th, 2013, 05:31 AM   #337
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On my recent trip to Mexico City we had to transfer at Houston and I got beautiful views of the Houston areas including the downtown.

Outside the core towers I could hardly believe my eyes ............ it looked like endless sprawl with almost no development or population between the core and the original ring road. I'm glad to see Houston embracing transit but it makes me wonder how these lines will get ridership in such an incredible spread out city with little inner city population. This is made worse by the fact that the city's freeway system is massive and getting bigger with an unbelievable 3rd ring road.

I certainly hope I'm wrong.
You have to keep in mind that there are still several large nodes/employment districts within the loop (aka I-610) such as Downtown, the Texas Medical Center (which is larger than several US downtowns such as Dallas), and the University of Houston so that alone will ensure that these new light rail lines will be well used (and in fact the current 7.5 mile line already has the second highest ridership per track mile of all light rail systems in the US). If the University Line gets built that will further add new ridership numbers as it will connect to Greenway Plaza and the Galleria which is a major employment/shopping destination in it's own right.

Also if you check the Houston development thread, you can see for yourself that Houston is going through more infill residential development especially in Downtown, Midtown, Montrose, and the Galleria area in addition to places such as Gulfton which have a high concentration of apartment complexes so inner-city population should not be a factor in determining ridership numbers (by the way the population density within I-610 which is considered to be the "inner city of Houston" is already roughly 521,761 so I would hardly say it is sparsely populated).

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(by the way the population density within I-610 which is considered to be the "inner city of Houston" is already roughly 521,761 so I would hardly say it is sparsely populated).
521,761 per what unit of area?
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Old August 28th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #339
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A population of 521,761 in 90 sq miles isn't that impressive. That's only 5,797/sq mile or 2,428/sq km.

The entire city of Milwaukee and Philadelphia, not just the inner cities, are better than that. Santa Clara, California, is about equal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population
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