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Old August 28th, 2013, 07:04 PM   #341
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Doesn't matter if the sign is standard or not, you will still see carloads of clueless Texans pulling their vehicles in front of the train (especially in the first year of operation).
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Old August 29th, 2013, 11:13 AM   #342
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521,761 per what unit of area?
Sorry bad choice of words.

I meant that currently 521,761 people live in the area within I-610 which is considered to be the inner city of Houston. The inner loop land area is 97 sq miles so that would mean the population density is at 5567 people per square mile.

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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
You can't really compare Houston with either Milwaukee or Philadelphia because those two cities are much older while Houston is still technically a young sunbelt city.

Anyways some neighborhoods such as Montrose and Gulfton already have a population density exceeding 9000 people per square mile, a number which is expected to grow as more residential infill and midrise apartment buildings get built.

http://www.city-data.com/zips/77006.html
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Old August 29th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #343
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August 25, 2013 // by Chrystal Grant
MetroRail construction continues, students get options

Construction continues around UH as Metro coordinates its next MetroRail project.

The MetroRail could ease the woes of distressed commuters, but not anytime soon.

“The rail will give students another option to move about. They can link to the existing Red Line, which connects patrons to 70-plus bus routes at or adjacent to the rail line, or transfer to the future Green Line and head East,” said Jerome Gray, senior press officer for Metro.

“Expanding the rail system gives the community more choices. Rather than get in a car and fight traffic, they can ride the rail, transfer to a bus and finish their trip on a bike — or whatever combination works for them — and let Metro do the driving.”

The project is expected to be completed in late 2014, said Metro spokeswoman Caroline Mendoza.

Mendoza said voters approved the Southeast Line in the 2003 referendum.

“It takes years to construct a project like this,” Gray said. ”The Southeast Line is a partially federal-funded line. So before ground is broken, there are a lot of milestones to be reached in the federal process, like environmental studies and clearances, preliminary engineering work, final design and more. Construction on the Southeast Line began (in) January 2010.”

The total cost of the Southeast Line is $823 million, he said.

Metro expects the expansion project to have a positive influence on businesses and plans to coordinate on several campaigns with the University to increase awareness for students and faculty, Gray said.

“This will give the public more commuting options to patronize business, schools, visit entertainment venues, go to medical appointments or connect to the other rail lines or to the bus network and explore the city further using transit,” Gray said.

Prospective UH graduate student Diandre Watford is looking forward to the University’s access to the rail and thinks it will be great for students and those that don’t have a vehicle.

“I plan to begin the MBA program in the spring, and I would rather ride the line than drive. It will save gas and time with traffic in Houston. My only concern is the safety, if the line will be running at night,” Watford said.

Safety information will be posted on the gometrorail.org under driver safety and construction safety. The scheduled times the MetroRail will run have not been set. Students may go to ridemetro.org for more details.

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The METRORail could ease the woes of distressed commuters, but not any time soon. In late 2014, students can look forward to riding The University Line, which will travel to universities all around Houston. The new line will also be able to connect commuters to the Uptown Light Rail Line, near The Galleria.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 05:00 AM   #344
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A video of the North Line (Red Line extension) which is projected to open in December.

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A video of the Southeast Line (Purple Line).

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Old September 7th, 2013, 05:01 AM   #346
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A recent video of construction progress on the East Line (Green Line).

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Old September 7th, 2013, 06:00 AM   #347
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Thanks, great vids. Looks like things are really coming along and the Red Line Ext has excellent stop spacing and ROW so it should be both accessible and fast.
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Old September 8th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #348
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Doesn't matter if the sign is standard or not, you will still see carloads of clueless Texans pulling their vehicles in front of the train (especially in the first year of operation).
Metro Rail- reducing Houston traffic, one car at a time.

On HAIF peeps are wondering about the function of the unusual three-track, dual island platform arrangement at Burnett station on the North Line. Does anyone here have any knowledge of that?
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Metro Rail- reducing Houston traffic, one car at a time.

On HAIF peeps are wondering about the function of the unusual three-track, dual island platform arrangement at Burnett station on the North Line. Does anyone here have any knowledge of that?
At one point they were going to build a new Amtrak/commuter rail station on that spot, so I guess that is why they built Burnett station with two dual platforms?
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Another East End Line Update with photos courtesy of oscarinhouston at SSP.













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Old September 17th, 2013, 04:26 PM   #351
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Some photos of METRO testing trains on the North Line.













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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:35 PM   #353
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It's not opened yet, right?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #354
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Well right now they are doing testing but the whole line extension should be open by December, 21.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #355
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Red Line extension is to be open tomorrow:

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Which of them? Magnolia Park or Palm Cneter or both?
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Which of them? Magnolia Park or Palm Cneter or both?
Green and Purple lines will open later. I'm talking about Red line extension from UH-Downtown to Northline
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Green and Purple lines will open later. I'm talking about Red line extension from UH-Downtown to Northline
My bad, I saw all red dotted lines marked as u/c and assumed those were the ones about to be opened.
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Redline extension opening. Pulled these pictures from Metros Facebook page. Looks like they were able to make it a decent celebration even with the crappy weather.
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