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Old December 23rd, 2013, 03:41 AM   #361
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 06:27 AM   #362
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Good work Houston.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 05:51 PM   #363
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Looks promising for the future. I hope that some transit-oriented developments will appear around the tram-line.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:21 AM   #364
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:42 AM   #365
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Looks awesome!
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Old March 6th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #367
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:06 PM   #368
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So what does this list mean? Can METRO begin working on the University Line?
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Old May 13th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #369
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Pretty incredible. Houston is working with transportation planner Jarrett Walker to dramatically improve bus service in Houston in a completely revenue-neutral plan. By approaching bus service holistically for the first time in decades, the plan seeks to decentralize the bus system away from the CBD and more toward Houston's multiple activity centers. Pretty amazing when you see the maps.

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Yesterday, Houston Metro began seeking public comment on what may be most transformative transit plan in its history. I'm honored to have been a part of it, as the network design lead* on the consulting team. Read all about it, in as much detail as you want. Explore the detailed map.

The plan shows that without increasing operating cost, Houston's frequent network -- the network of services where the bus or train is always coming when you need it -- could grow.

How on earth could we grow a network that much without new money? There are two answers:

1. That's how much waste there was in the existing system. Waste in the form of duplicative routes, and due to slow meandering routes created due to a few people's demands.

2. Hard choices are proposed about expensive service to very small numbers of people. The plan devotes 80% of Metro's resources to maximizing ridership, which all of these frequent lines do, and only 20% to providing access to people living in expensive to serve places. Currently only about 50-60% of resources are devoted to services where high ridership is a likely outcome. (See here for my paper on this analysis method.) This shift in focus will have negative impacts on small numbers of riders who rely on those services, but these were small numbers indeed . (About 0.5% of existing riders end up over 1/4 mile of service, and most of them are just over that threshold. Often, their longer walk is to a better service, a tradeoff that most people are willing to make in practice.)
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Old May 16th, 2014, 04:11 PM   #370
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From the pics above the trains certainly look nice but it seems most of the routes traverse low density areas and ware house districts without any pedestrian activity at all.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #371
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The idea is probably: "Build the transit and transit oriented development will follow"
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 09:01 PM   #372
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Any chances on extending the LRT to Washington Avenue?
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 08:02 AM   #373
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Any chances on extending the LRT to Washington Avenue?
Not anytime soon. METRO had released a future system map a while back that showed a line running along Washington Avenue from Downtown to the Northwest Transit Center. But this was planning for beyond the initial 5 line system, which don't yet have. I don't see us getting a Washington Avenue line until the University and Uptown lines are completed. The future system map also showed the Southeast Line extended to Hobby Airport and the Red Line extended to IAH. Plus, it had a commuter line running down US 90A to Missouri City. Just a pipe dream.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 07:00 AM   #374
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I know this would be considered a pipedream, but what would anyone think if a heavy rail transit system had been developed in Houston instead of the light rail system we have now?
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Old August 7th, 2014, 08:15 AM   #375
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A heavy rail system on par with Atlanta's MARTA or DC's Metro is unlikely because of cost concerns (plus it would have to be above ground because of flooding concerns and soil conditions). That being said the density in a few areas such as Downtown, TMC, and The Galleria area could feasibly support two heavy rail lines connecting those areas.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #376
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Oh, sorry, In my last post, I forgot to mention the fact that Houston would have obviously had to develop any heavy rail system overground due to the high groundwater level int he Houston area and the potential for flooding.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #377
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Nice to see that LRT/Tramway finally has left off in Houston.
Energy-efficient travel is the way to go.
Have been following this thread with my former account, with the second & third line finished ridership made A few steps in the right direction.

Sensible of the government to approve financial means to the 4th line as well.

(Special thanx to diablo234, Desertpunk, Woonsocket54 and Dimlys1994, who've made this tread to what it currently is.)
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Oh, sorry, In my last post, I forgot to mention the fact that Houston would have obviously had to develop any heavy rail system overground due to the high groundwater level int he Houston area and the potential for flooding.
That actually would be fine. Would be cheaper than a subway, right? Have it all elevated.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #379
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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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