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Old March 18th, 2015, 08:30 PM   #401
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Some Houston Metrorail photos from Lee Carlson


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Old March 21st, 2015, 10:49 PM   #402
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Old March 25th, 2015, 05:21 PM   #403
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The exact date in April is not yet determined. The original date of 2015.04.04 is apparently out the window due to being the day before Easter, according to Metro officials cited by local media.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...6085857.php#/3
Now delayed to May 2015 at the earliest:

http://thedailycougar.com/2015/03/24...ing-until-may/
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New rail lines open 2015.05.23


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The opening of two new rail lines on 2015.05.23 has been officially announced on the official website of Houston Metro. Given all the planned festivities, including a performance by world-famous R&B singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, it looks like this is for real and there will not be any more postponements. The opening day has been designated as RAILFEST 2015.




There will be free rides all day, plus the concert at the soccer stadium together with fireworks.



More info here: https://www.ridemetro.org/News/RAILFEST.aspx
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Old May 21st, 2015, 04:46 PM   #406
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Houston to revive commuter rail project
Wednesday, May 20, 2015



HOUSTON will restart planning for its first commuter rail line under an agreement signed on May 18 by Republican Senator for western Harris County Mr John Culberson and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) Mr Gilbert Garcia

The deal prioritises the development of the Southwest Rail Corridor (SWRC) along US Highway 90A west of Houston, which involves construction of a new 14.5km four-station line from Missouri City to the MetroRail light rail Red Line station at Fannin South. Planning work on this project was suspended in 2012 due to a reassessment of Metro's investment priorities

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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #408
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Didn't you just open a new line Houston?
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Didn't you just open a new line Houston?
Opened two Saturdays ago.
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Old June 8th, 2015, 05:35 AM   #410
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Here is an official map which includes the two new light rail lines.

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Old June 8th, 2015, 07:06 AM   #413
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It's amazing how much low density suburban neighborhoods this rail line runs through. There are places where there aren't even sidewalks!
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Old June 8th, 2015, 07:10 AM   #414
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It's amazing how much low density suburban neighborhoods this rail line runs through. There are places where there aren't even sidewalks!
Well that route also serves several major colleges such as the University of Houston and Texas Southern University so there should be plenty of ridership on that line. Anyways there is some redevelopment along that line and the city has been very active in installing new sidewalks throughout that city but particularly in neighborhoods that are adjacent to the new rail line.
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It's amazing how much low density suburban neighborhoods this rail line runs through. There are places where there aren't even sidewalks!
What were you expecting? There isn't many high density areas in Houston to begin with. You may see redevelopment as well in many of these neighborhoods.
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Interesting and interactive article about Houston's new, improved and efficient bus and light rail system: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/18/8056039...it-reimagining
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Second Quarter Ridership numbers for Houston

Houston / LRT - 49,000 (2015) : 21.59% +
Houston / Bus - 221,200 (2015) : -5.97%
Houston / Van Pool - 9,600 (2015) : -0.91%
Houston / Demand Response - 6,100 (2015) : -3.22%
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They "improved" the bus system but it seems to have seen a loss. Maybe its going to take a while?

I'm glad they streamlined the bus network and gave it more frequent routes inside the central part of the city. It now feels like a real mass transit system and not just a transportation welfare service.

However, there is still a critical need for that latter function I think. Houston has a lot of less wealthy areas that are in the suburbs and really spread out. Why don't transit agencies, not just in Houston, but all over the US, consider "point deviation" bus routes for skeleton service in low density but low income areas? Basically a point deviation bus route is where you have a few key stops that are guaranteed a bus at a certain time, but the path the bus takes and the stops in makes in between is flexible and depends on if someone requests a pick up or drop off. This is more practical today in 2015 because of gps, routing software, and even low income passengers likely have cell phones they can use to hail a ride.

Create a new brand for this transit and integrate with suburban county agencies. With this you could take the cuts to low ridership suburban conventional routes even further, and focus the most resources on the highest used lines. As that article above states, this creates a virtuous cycle where people discover that riding transit is convenient and will demand more of it.

Paratransit is such a waste when the government could just give money directly to counties or cities buy handicap vans and let volunteers(or people sentenced to community service) drive them. There would be a very lightly funded federal program for places in the sticks.
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They "improved" the bus system but it seems to have seen a loss. Maybe its going to take a while?

I'm glad they streamlined the bus network and gave it more frequent routes inside the central part of the city. It now feels like a real mass transit system and not just a transportation welfare service.

However, there is still a critical need for that latter function I think. Houston has a lot of less wealthy areas that are in the suburbs and really spread out. Why don't transit agencies, not just in Houston, but all over the US, consider "point deviation" bus routes for skeleton service in low density but low income areas? Basically a point deviation bus route is where you have a few key stops that are guaranteed a bus at a certain time, but the path the bus takes and the stops in makes in between is flexible and depends on if someone requests a pick up or drop off. This is more practical today in 2015 because of gps, routing software, and even low income passengers likely have cell phones they can use to hail a ride.

Create a new brand for this transit and integrate with suburban county agencies. With this you could take the cuts to low ridership suburban conventional routes even further, and focus the most resources on the highest used lines. As that article above states, this creates a virtuous cycle where people discover that riding transit is convenient and will demand more of it.

Paratransit is such a waste when the government could just give money directly to counties or cities buy handicap vans and let volunteers(or people sentenced to community service) drive them. There would be a very lightly funded federal program for places in the sticks.
Well it says the 2nd quarter. The new bus system routes went into affect in August so we probably won't find out about how well it was used until December or maybe January.
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Here is an official map which includes the two new light rail lines.

I just had a look at the central Stations in Google Earth and they are an entire Block apart. I get the separation of the directions (precious road space) but putting the stops of purple/green Line that far away from the red line stop is really inconvenient.
Seems to me like they almost wanted to make it less appealing to people
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