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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:43 AM   #421
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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
There is or was supposed to be a super sized light rail stop at the center of downtown. It was the subject of an architectural design contest.

But then something happened and this fell through.

So I don't know if the configuration of stops there began as temporary and is now permanent, or what the deal is.
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3rd Quarter Ridership numbers for Houston

Houston / LRT - 57,800 (2015) : 35.12% +
Houston / Bus - 223,000 (2015) : 2.66%
Houston / Van Pool - 9,500 (2015) : -1.30%
Houston / Demand Response - 6,200 (2015) : -1.29%
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Old January 13th, 2016, 02:06 AM   #423
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3rd Quarter Ridership numbers for Houston

Houston / LRT - 57,800 (2015) : 35.12% +
Houston / Bus - 223,000 (2015) : 2.66%
Houston / Van Pool - 9,500 (2015) : -1.30%
Houston / Demand Response - 6,200 (2015) : -1.29%
And from the looks of it, the 4th quarter will show better numbers than the 3rd quarter.
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 07:10 AM   #424
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4th Quarter Ridership numbers for Houston

Houston / LRT - 60,600 (2015) : 37.85% +
Houston / Bus - 231,000 (2015) : 0.44%
Houston / Van Pool - 8,800 (2015) : -6.17%
Houston / Demand Response - 6,400 (2015) : 1.19%
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Old April 19th, 2016, 07:37 PM   #425
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Flooding in Houston.

That's a bus stop sign.



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Old May 27th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #426
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Houston Neighborhood Hit Hard By Flooding Gets New Bus Route

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Old July 12th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #427
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Post Oak Boulevard project starts first phase

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A rooted resident was evicted June 13, but it didn't have to move too far.

Uptown Houston unearthed a 75,000-pound, 30-foot southern live oak tree, previously anchored in the middle of a median near the Loop 610 feeder road and Post Oak Boulevard. Onlookers and media members watched as crews used backhoes, inflated tubes and giant metal contraptions to replant the towering tree across the street near two of its relocated old neighbors.

The ousted oak is part of the first phase of The Boulevard Project Ś a three-year rebuild of the street, which includes the addition of a controversial bus lane. Some trees needed to move before construction could officially start in July.

Costing about $121.5 million, the boulevard project aims to ease traffic congestion for around 80,000 employees en route to work, according to the Houston Chronicle. The boulevard will be widened by about 16 feet, and buses will be moved to the middle of the street.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #428
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1st Quarter Ridership numbers for Houston

Houston / LRT - 59,300 (2015) : 32.33% +
Houston / Bus - 223,800 (2015) : 4.79%
Houston / Van Pool - 9,200 (2015) : -7.23%
Houston / Demand Response - 6,400 (2015) : 4.27%
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Houston's bike share program expands to Texas Medical Center, several college campuses

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The expansion will be paid for by a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration and $880,000 from Houston Bike Share, the local nonprofit that administers the Houston B-cycle program. When completed, it will bring the total to 102 stations and 793 bikes around Houston.

The system currently has 31 stations, largely located in and around downtown, Midtown, Montrose, and the Heights, with 225 bikes.

The expansion will be paid for by a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration and $880,000 from Houston Bike Share, the local nonprofit that administers the Houston B-cycle program. When completed, it will bring the total to 102 stations and 793 bikes around Houston.

“The expansion of the B-cycle system will bring bike sharing into new neighborhoods and to new users,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “As I’ve said, we need a paradigm shift in transportation away from single-occupancy motor vehicles. Making cycling more accessible by building a strong bike sharing system is a critical component of that change.”

Houston B-cycle is a bike share program that provides a quick transportation alternative for getting around the city. With a base "membership fee'"of $5 daily, $15 weekly or $65 per year, bikes can be checked out from stations for free for the first 60 minutes and riders are charged $2 for each subsequent half-hour.

Since January 1, cyclists have made 73,577 trips and traveled 508,044 miles. Houston Bike Share CEO Carter Stern estimates Houstonians are on track to exceed 100,000 trips by the end of 2016..
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Houston Could Be Closer To Getting Its First Commuter Rail Line

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The 90A rail project is a proposed commuter line that would come in from Missouri City. It would hook up with the existing Red Line near NRG Stadium. The distance is about nine miles.

That effort was put on hold about four years ago, but Metro says it’s now ready to take the first step toward reviving the project.

Metro’s board has voted to ask the Federal Transit Administration to consider the 90A rail line for federal funding. Chairman Carin Patman says it’s something they’re prepared to do right now.

“I think we will get a request to the FTA hopefully within the next few days or a week,” says Patman. “And then from there we wait to hear back from them and supply additional information that they need and see what the next steps they require are going to be.”

Metro has already done studies on the project and Patman says they’ll submit that material.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 05:41 PM   #431
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New bus service launches in Texas with service to 5 cities

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Shofur, a luxury bus service, launched Monday in Texas with 12 daily trips serving Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Waco.

Unlike other bus services that own a fleet of coaches, Shofur works with more than 400 companies that operate the buses under the Shofur name, CEO Armir Harris said.

Riders using the Shofur app can buy tickets, check the status of a bus in real time and rate their driver just as they would with a ride-sharing app.

Tickets for travel through Aug. 28 have been sold out, but 10 buses will be added to the Texas fleet beginning Aug. 29, Harris said. Ticket prices will vary, with a ride from Austin to Houston costing $18-$30 and Houston to Dallas priced at $20-$40.
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Testing on Green Line eastern extension to Magnolia Park













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Testing on Harrisburg overpass. Green Line eastern extension to open by February 2017.



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Extension of Green Line from Altic to Magnolia Park opens tomorrow (2017.01.11).



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Updated urbanrail.net map:



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Nice, are these all the lines planned for Houston or will there be more?
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This is it for now. Voters approved several other lines in a 2003 referendum. But there's no funding for now. The uptown line which was approved in 2003 will be BRT. There is also talk of commuter rail to Missouri City. Nothing will be built any time soon.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...t-10846049.php

Photo of the new Magnolia Park Transit Center



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Old January 11th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #437
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Nice, are these all the lines planned for Houston or will there be more?


This was the original build out proposal. The Blue Line and Uptown Line are currently unfunded.
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I hope they build the Blue Line and Uptown line as rail. Texas isn't very transit friendly (except Dallas). Houston, a city that I lived in for a year, is very steamy and unexplainable. Houston needs more rail.

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The <urbanrail.net> map is wrong. There is no passenger train service from Houston to San Antonio. The only passenger train that runs thru Houston is the Sunset Limited, and it goes from New Orleans to LA without detouring thru S.A.
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The <urbanrail.net> map is wrong. There is no passenger train service from Houston to San Antonio. The only passenger train that runs thru Houston is the Sunset Limited, and it goes from New Orleans to LA without detouring thru S.A.
It does. Just look at the schedule: https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/699/212...ule-110616.pdf
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