- BRT gets you more miles for the same money
True. However LRT is a step above BRT. BRT is great though and I'd love to see more BRT in Houston.
- We are unlikely to ever densify near to what LA has. It has geographic constraints and a strong desire by people to live near the coast. Houston will, for the most part, continue to spread out. Our core will densify to some extent, but nothing like LA.
I disagree. Inside the loop (where the proposed rail lines are) well most certainly densify enough to more than justify rail. Do you think that in 50 years the inner loop areas won't be as dense as LA is now?
- Main St. LRT has not transformed its immediate neighborhood (i.e. blocks on either side) after 8 years
Almost all of the neighborhoods that the light rail runs through were already established before light rail. Downtown, TMC, Museum District, all of those areas are well developed and have continued to improve after light rail.
Midtown was the one neighborhood that was not on par with the others... but as of now it is most certainly improving. Now whether you think light rail has anything to do with that or not, that's another story. But you can't deny that Midtown has become a better place to live after light rail was installed. Regardless, 8 years is not enough to judge an infrastructure investment. What about 20, 30, 40 years from now?
- The HOV investments we need involve connecting up other job centers (esp. Uptown, TMC) and making it a true network instead of pure downtown-centric. If we don't, employers will continue to leave the core and move to the suburbs, like Exxon is doing.
I agree with that, but let's be open minded and consider alternatives, not just P&R buses.
- Here's why commuter rail doesn't work in a city like Houston
I've read that. You don't know whether commuter rail would work or not. What you are proposing would be incredibly inefficient. While it would be great for commuters to have bus service and express lanes every which way into all employment centers, it would not only require huge capital cost to build your proposed system, but the buses wouldn't be even close to being full, as each bus would only cater to a handful of commuters.
It's more efficient to bring large amounts of commuters in to a hub in the core, and then disperse them every which way to wherever their job is using the local transit system. In other words, it's more efficient to have one line cater to all commuters going into town, than have many lines only cater to a few commuters.
I'm not sure you will get what I'm saying as it's hard for me to explain on a message board.
I'd like to add that if the local transit system is improved, many won't mind making an extra transfer, even if it adds a few minutes to their travel time.
- LRT connect major employment/activity centers: as the Universities line would have done, but the 3 lines under construction don't
I do agree with you there. But
, I still think that in the long run the LRT lines under construction will be well-utilized. I think that building these lines will improve the neighborhoods around it, and in the long run, people that work downtown will move close to light rail lines so that they can get to work reliably.
EDIT: Wow, I see that kdog08 has responded to each of your comments individually in a similar way I have.
You have a lot to respond to Mr. ToryGattis!!
Edited by mfastx, Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM.