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Old April 14th, 2015, 09:06 AM   #381
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Here is the Dallas Morning News article with videos about the first day of operation for the Union Station-Oak Cliff streetcar.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/commu...ous-riders.ece
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Old April 15th, 2015, 01:11 AM   #382
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Looks like the more useful tram lines currently being built across the US. But what is the deal with the connection to St. Paul station? Is that work in progress? Because the whole line makes only limited sense without it.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 03:43 AM   #383
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For some reason I think.... Guinea Pig.... Not in the "experimental" sense. More that the train itself looks like one for some reason.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 08:39 AM   #384
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This streetcar seems like it's covering the downtown core mostly? It's looking good! I'm assuming they could run longer trains if the ridership levels warrant it, over time...

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Old April 15th, 2015, 11:12 PM   #385
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How can one live in Dallas without a car ? Is that possible ? It's confortable ? It's on par with San Francisco, Seattle, or other progressist cities ?
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Old April 15th, 2015, 11:14 PM   #386
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Old April 16th, 2015, 12:21 AM   #387
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F**** no very few people would want to live in Dallas without a car by choice. Don't get me wrong Dallas has come a long way but it would suck. It would be inconvenient there are definitely people who live that way but that's because they have to.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:32 AM   #388
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How can one live in Dallas without a car ? Is that possible ? It's confortable ? It's on par with San Francisco, Seattle, or other progressist cities ?
While Dallas has made some great strides in improving it's mass transit network, you would still need a car to get around and take advantage of everything the city has to offer like most US cities since the public transit network only covers so much area (plus the Dallas-Ft. Worth area itself is very spread out and some suburbs don't even have any transit access). The only cities in the US where it would actually be feasible to live without a car in my opinion would be either NYC, Chicago, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, or San Francisco.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:32 AM   #389
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I doubt it be possible to live in cities like Dallas car-free. Too much of the urban environment is built around the cars.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #390
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While Dallas has made some great strides in improving it's mass transit network, you would still need a car to get around and take advantage of everything the city has to offer like most US cities since the public transit network only covers so much area (plus the Dallas-Ft. Worth area itself is very spread out and some suburbs don't even have any transit access). The only cities in the US where it would actually be feasible to live without a car in my opinion would be either NYC, Chicago, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, or San Francisco.
Portland, and Seattle are rapidly elbowing their way onto that list. And many cities are making the same rapid improvements to their transit networks. We spent 50 years with a car culture in the US, its probably going to take another 50 to change it back.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #391
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I've lived in Dallas for 3 years and have been car-free for all but the first month. It is do-able. But, I had the opportunity to move there and pick my home specifically near a rail station and chose my job location based specifically on reasonable rail and trolley access. Sold second car and just have a primary car for the spousal unitess and 3 kids for their broader travels. It's not for everyone, though and a hopelessly daunting task more-so for those outside transit coverage areas.

Anyway, just below are some more pictures I took of the modern streetcar opening day and also an event a few days prior. I run this facebook page below where the mobile phone photos are located :

https://www.facebook.com/Dallas.Stre...51775361519856

https://www.facebook.com/Dallas.Stre...53883144642411

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Old April 18th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #392
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So any time your spouse travels somewhere with your children, you can't come along?
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Old April 29th, 2015, 05:21 PM   #393
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From Rail Journal:

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Stadler wins Tex Rail DMU order
Wednesday, April 29, 2015



FORTH WORTH Transportation Authority board of directors has approved a decision to award Stadler a contract to supply eight DMUs for the 43.5km Tex Rail commuter rail line, which will link Fort Worth city centre with Grapevine and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Terminal B

Final assembly of the vehicles will be carried out in Texas and the contract includes options for up to 24 additional trains

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Old April 29th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #394
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These "final assembly" jobs look just an enormous waste of money. It means an interruption on the industrial process of manufacturing trains, it introduces a lot of overhead in transporting semi-finished units across the oceans and then having another facility finish the job.

It sounds (like usual "Buy American" provisions in transport) a rather short-sighted policy. If they want to create a domestic train industry, then fine, demand the whole trains to be manufactured there and, more importantly, create enough demand to allow scaling of orders. Else, it just makes thin transit system saddled with higher capital costs.

The jobs created in this process in USA are likely very expensive. It would be much cheaper, hypothetically, just to pay everyone that would work in such firms their wages to stay home and then give extra money for ripple effects on American suppliers. Of course this is not feasible, but this is how stupid this policy is.

No train manufacturing plant is viable with a handful of small orders here and there, especially as states somehow extort "local state" facility promises from bidders.

This would be like, say, the Swiss governments demanding that airplanes bought by Swiss airlines need to have their final assembly in Swiss territory.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 06:51 PM   #395
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These "final assembly" jobs look just an enormous waste of money. It means an interruption on the industrial process of manufacturing trains, it introduces a lot of overhead in transporting semi-finished units across the oceans and then having another facility finish the job.

It sounds (like usual "Buy American" provisions in transport) a rather short-sighted policy. If they want to create a domestic train industry, then fine, demand the whole trains to be manufactured there and, more importantly, create enough demand to allow scaling of orders. Else, it just makes thin transit system saddled with higher capital costs.

The jobs created in this process in USA are likely very expensive. It would be much cheaper, hypothetically, just to pay everyone that would work in such firms their wages to stay home and then give extra money for ripple effects on American suppliers. Of course this is not feasible, but this is how stupid this policy is.
I disagree strongly. Very few manufactured products made in America today are 100% American. Take autos for examples, transmissions made in Mexico are added to engines made in Michigan all controlled by electronics made in Japan which are assembled in American plants. We live in a world wide economy, parts come from everywhere. Another example are Boeing jetliners, the latest 787 models have parts made from over 50 different countries. It's the final assembly where all the parts are put together that's important.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #396
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T ready to buy TEX Rail cars for Fort Worth commuter line

The northwest corner of Loop 820 and Iron Horse Boulevard, in North Richland Hills, is one spot where The T plans to build a TEX Rail station . | Rodger Mallison Star-Telegram



By Gordon Dickson

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Efforts to start the proposed TEX Rail commuter train service by 2018 are gathering steam.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority board members recently approved the purchase of eight self-propelled diesel rail cars to operate on the proposed 27-mile rail line and agreed to enter into several contracts that will help get the project underway. The rail would carry an estimated 10,000 or more passengers per day from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and Dallas/ Fort Worth Airport’s Terminal B.

The T agreed to a contract with a firm to handle preparations for TEX Rail construction, which could begin next year, approved the purchase of several properties to make way for the project, and OK’d a final design contract for two stations in North Richland Hills.

“This is really the first major milestone for the project,” said Bob Baulsir, the T’s vice president of TEX Rail and procurement.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...#storylink=cpy
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About the discussion at the beginning of this page (19), Dallas is a car/auto-centric community. With a light-rail network as extensive as Dallas's, that light rail system will only have a daily ridership of one-tenth of the city proper's population at the most. I think this can practically apply to any US city with an extensive light rail system.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #398
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It's light rail. It's not a metro. It only carries a modest percentage of the region's commuters, yet the system already carries as many trains per hour as it can manage through the downtown area.
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That was in Dallas:
http://www.mata.org/trolleysocial.html

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Is it legal to carry guns on public transport in Texas?
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