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  1. Any HSR or hyperloop that is built along the I35 corridor will likely pass Austin to the east.... along SH130. I always imagined a stop at or ~ the Austin Airport.
  2. The Texas project is also ~ 1/2 the length of the California system as well. That helps a lot.
  3. No one is in the booth. I've been in enough bumper to bumper traffic on 59 to look at that booth between Kirby and Buff. Sp. and know no human has occupied that in a long time. Ever since they opened the HOV for HOT, it made enforcement virtually impossible. 1.) How does a Metro police officer know if you've paid the toll via driving the in the HOT lane or used the HOV lane.... during hours both are allowed? 2a.) Are they really going to pull someone over during peak usage? That's going to hamper traffic A LOT more than a single illegal HOV user. 2b.) They can only really enforce if you're exiting, or trying to enter the HOV lane. So...… unless they park a cop at every entrance and exit, its really impossible. 3.) Are the penalties of using the HOV strict enough to actually dissuade use. You have to figure that a ticket will cost you ~ $200-300. A HOT toll can be upwards of 6.5. 3-4 weeks of using the HOT lane illegally essentially makes up for any ticket you get.
  4. Instead of building a concurrently running toll road and tie-in to the stub, I've got some ideas: 1.) Use the powerline ROW (like I said earlier) - but probably won't work / the neighborhood that it would run through would reject it.... even more than they're going to reject the tollroad running along Post Oak. In addition, the direct connect tying into 610 would require home demo. 2.) Build direct connectors at 610 for the existing Alt 90. - This would require a lot less $ than a new toll-road. There would be ROW purchase.... but a lot less $ I would think. As far as the 90 corridor as a whole, I think a lot of thought should be given to: 1.) Extending a tollway along Holmes road to tie into the 288's tollway / 610 east. This would actually make 90 alt an almost complete alternative to taking 59 into downtown and the medical center (the medical center is less of a need it is really already accessible via 90. But this does split / provide an alternative path to the medical center). In addition, it almost makes for a new east/west way of traversing Houston that can help in moving goods / products / people in Houston. It kind of provides a pseudo-tie from Southwest Houston to the Ship Channel.... and tying one area of heavily industrial Houston (South of Reliant / Almeda corridor) to another (Ship Channel / Petrochemical 225 complex) However, you'd have to expand the sections of 90 between Chimney Rock and the Mainstreet. But you would necessarily have to build a completely separate road. My guess is that the section would have to be upgraded to more of a interstate quality with better traffic management via separate frontage roads and on/off ramps to S. Post Oak. 2.) Completely rebuild the S. Post Oak and 90 overpasses / bridges. Grade is way to steep. It slows down traffic. S. Post oak should be an underpass under the railroad. Then the main 90 traffic can be at a more gradual grade seeing as it no longer needs to be such a high bridge.
  5. Oof. Karen is the worst. Of everyone who attended this meeting, what percentage of them do you think own a MAGA hat? No need to answer. I've tabulated the results and present to you the Venn diagram:
  6. Solar Energy: Wind Energy: Heavy lift Rocket for manned space flight Rural Broadband Internet
  7. . This is key. Not only population, but workforce concentration. It's a great location for getting to a large % of the white collar jobs in Houston. Remember, business folks can easily expense an uber and the station is 10-20 minutes to Uptown, Downtown, or the Energy corridor. The only real misses are that it isn't convenient to the two large education institutions in the city and that the medical center (a huge employer and economic driver for the city) isn't easily accessible from the location.
  8. This is the kind of forward thinking that helped win WWII and put a man on the moon.
  9. It doesn't even seem like they've started building the new westbound span of 610. I don't know how this project is going to be done in 3/4 of a year like the last projection I saw (3rd quarter 2020). Or is 3rd quarter only when the 288 stuff is going to be finished... meaning that the 610 work is even later?
  10. Curious that I've never seen a proposal to use the High voltage ROW for the extension.....
  11. Just make one large surface parking lot. No shade to worry about and no basket of deplorable renters.
  12. I guess that's why my argument is that in a climate like this.... maybe having these areas represented by a more local / more accountable municipality could hold this decline off or incentivize the developers to stem the tide. My original argument here, which I think is being lost, is that a development like the grid would not have happened at its location in an area surrounded by the housing stock / tax base around it without the fact that it was in a different city than the COH. That's it. Stafford wanted this for the sales tax $... even if it is a little out of place. It's still close enough to Sugar Land in their estimations (developers) to make this work. I looked at Dallas / the metroplex and its development to see if that might be a better model. Somehow I was told that I didn't know what I was talking about.
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