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  1. Ridiculous. The event is being run by TAG, not TxDOT. That's like expecting any other NGO with a policy platform to pay to rent space and feed people from an NGO with the complete opposite policy position. It'd be no different than the DNC being forced to admit Republicans to an official event for free when all of their members paid a nominal admission. Or Planned Parenthood hosting a fundraiser and being required to admit anti-abortion activists for free. It may not be a "good look," as noted in the article (although that's quite the stretch for anyone but an entirely unserious person), but one would be entirely disingenuous if they said this was anything other than a routine annual event. From the article: "I think people are just now paying attention to the fact that we've done these things for the last 10 years," French said. "We cannot host a free event at the Omni, that's just not something we are able to do with our budget, certainly not several events a year. We have to charge something to cover the sheer cost of hosting a luncheon. I think there is a perception that we are bigger and wealthier than we are, and that's just not true. "I get it," French said. "I understand how the optics look." Spoiler alert: Anyone can buy tickets here, for the same price as everyone else. State of TxDOT 2021 | Oct. 21 - TAG Houston
  2. Well, Houston, I can tell this is extraordinarily important to you and I know *you think* you've answered the question. For the sanity of ourselves and everyone else, I'll throw you a bone and give you the "win" so you can chase the bone instead of your tail. There will, indeed, be a connection between the terminal and the garage. As noted by me in this thread, er, when, September 21? It's almost like you're talking about something completely, er, different. But I understand from observation that chasing tails leads to dizziness, which leads to confusion, disorientation, and lack of spatial awareness, so no judgment here. Even for those who don't need luggage carts . . .
  3. Houston if you cared to engage in an actual good faith conversation maybe you’d find out. Instead the underlying tone is “I’m right and you’ll see. Just look at the document dump that I can’t be bothered to refer to in any way myself other than to say ‘Look, it proves I’m right.’” Alrighty then. Yes there will be a link to the C East garage. I raised questions about (1) how average passengers would be able to find it, with a real possibility that they could park in C West, ergo having the same problems as being experienced today; and then (2) the larger question of passenger service levels. You seem to not know, or choose to ignore (1), and it’s obvious you don’t care about (2), even though walking distances are one of the most primary planning considerations for airport terminal design. You’re obviously in some sort of juvenile, one-way intellectual competition, Mr “I’m Right—You’ll See.” So let’s call this a draw. If there are articles after the new terminal opens citing walking distances as a major concern, I guess I’ll just lay a stake in the ground and say “You’ll just have to wait until it’s done to see that I was right all along.”
  4. Houston, you seem extraordinarily defensive and super sensitive. I suppose those qualities are typically correlated. No, but you could get from the elevator bank directly into the building, no? Yet you never bothered to point out where they were after I said I looked at them multiple times and said they were unclear. So I ask again, on what specific page of the original PDF linked is this information clearly labeled and noted? Another non-answer to a very specific question, yet you seem to be certain that it's a "temporary inconvenience," implying that the level of service will be restored. Oh the horror? How about oh the arrogance? Why do you have seem to have such poorly hidden disdain for members of the traveling public that aren't you? And may travel with more luggage? And may use a luggage cart? Do you seriously not think that architects and planners design such facilities to minimize changes in levels, walking distances, etc? Why so glib? If your stance is, "Well they did the best they could do with a constrained site," well, OK, I might be less inclined to react the way I am. But, no, this seems to be personal to you in some weird way that you aren't able to admit that anything isn't perfect. "Yes, it's bad, as with any construction project, but it'll be better when it's done, and anyone who disagrees can just, er, suck it." That seems to be the hill you're determined to die on. Another throwaway comment. Again, do you not believe that passenger-friendly facilities are designed to MINIMIZE the need for "passenger assistance transportation" (which I can only assume is a fancy name for a wheelchair). They have access to all of that except the garage today. Not sure who you are trying to impress to, or even talking to for that matter, in this seemingly never-ending one-way conversation. Indeed. It's so obvious you can't be bothered to point out exactly where. And you wait a week before directly addressing the questions. Simply BIZARRE. Are you saying DFW is a model to follow or something?! Or, "At least it's not DFW"? Aim for the stars there, buddy! Yes, I know, when the average walking distance is a mile and a half, your response will be, "Well, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs."
  5. Erm . . . great 2-way conversation! You remind me of a couple of others on here. I've been called arrogant many times before, and for good reason, but, hey . . . "I don't use luggage carts, so who cares about people who do?" "There may be some 'significant walking' and what I deem to be 'occasional minor inconveniences'" Spoken like a true engineer or planner . . . transfer your own preferences and perspectives on to others! In fact, the current inconvenience will become a new inconvenience, but que será, será. (Or, better said, may become a new inconvenience because I still don't understand the passenger flows or have answers to the questions I posed above. You, too, either do--or you don't--understand the flows. If you do because you're somehow involved with the project, well I'm not sure why answers to the above would necessarily be confidential, but OK. If you don't, well, I don't think you can represent anything as "fact" any more than I can. In any case, we'll see soon enough . . . )
  6. My apologies, I missed that as it was the last reply on the prior page. That said, I'm not sure that's the right metric compared to where it was before, but I don't know. That was never in dispute, of course there will be an arrivals curbside. But people getting picked up at the curb aren't the ones using the Subway now. Those are not "construction plans." Those are layout plans, and they are not detailed at all when it comes to passenger flows. Consider the following questions: -Will any parking be placed on top of the new "Central Processor"? I presume not, but am not sure. -Will the international arrivals lobby be bumped out to be part of the new Central Processor? If it stays where it is, it sure won't be a 10th of a mile to the C-East garage, or whatever it will be called then. Perhaps there will be an entirely new lobby if the bag claim area is expanded, which I know was part of the plan at one point. But I think it's inaccurate to claim the additional walking distance will be a 10th of a mile from what it was when the E garage was in place and passengers didn't have to leave the building to catch an elevator to the garage. -I don't believe (but don't know for sure . . . I never parked in the C garage because it was a fight even before the E garage was torn down) that the C-East garage has a separate entrance. Will it have a separate entrance with its own helix as part of this project? If not, and E passengers still enter through the C-West helixes, how will the average passenger know how to park in the garage closest to the terminal? If not, there will still be plenty of traffic between D/E and C. But maybe they'll just walk since they'll be farther west. -Will there be an underground pedestrian tunnel to the new Central Processor (maybe a modification of the existing Subway tunnel), or will the only two options be (1) to not change levels and cross 2 islands and 10 lanes of traffic (which I presume is what you mean by the 1/10 of a mile) then change levels in the garage; or (2) to change levels from the arrivals lobby and cross on the outdoor pedestrian bridge, which I think is a cute feature, but not exactly passenger friendly to older passengers with their Smart Cartes in August? -By how much will total average arrival passenger walking distances change once the D-West pier opens? Maybe I'm just dense but that PDF really doesn't speak to the above. I can't think of any major U.S. international gateways that are convenient for interline connections if you miss the bag recheck.
  7. I'd be happy to familiarize myself with the construction plans (and I'm sure others would, too) if you want to share them (or at the very least could describe them in a meaningful way with passenger flows and walking distances) . . . surely you can understand that'd be more helpful to the discussion than making a blanket statement that carts don't matter because "it's 2021" and "all suitcases have wheels now." And I guess in the meantime we can just hang a sign that says "SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, PLEASE DON'T COMPLAIN." Based on what (admittedly little) I know, I'm afraid this will only be an increasing headache as traffic returns. I certainly have changed my travel routine as a result of this.
  8. We're kind of all over the place here. (1) Wilcal said that the luggage carts were clogging the Subway/ITT because people having to take it from E to C because of the D/E garage closures. (2) You said that that is not accurate because the Subway/ITT is still open from E to C, entirely missing the point. (3) Then you said, "Short-term pain/long-term gain" and implying that there is no need for luggage carts anymore because, I guess, you have never used one. (4) I pointed out that there are plenty of people who still need them, and this situation will be with us in the long term because (as far as I can tell) there will be no replacement E garage. (5) Someone else said he actually uses them. (6) You implied (5) was lazy (or maybe not strong enough, or something, I dunno). Then you stated that luggage cart usage is down because most suitcases have wheels now. I do not see how this is germane at all to the discussion. If there were 5 passengers per hour before the garage closed trying to put a cart on the train and there are now 30, it is immaterial if SmartCarte rented 100,000 carts in 1990 and only 5,000 in 2021 . . . the cause of the bottleneck is the 5 becoming 30 overnight. So entirely missing the point, again. Or, stated differently, "talking past each other." I imagine many of the people trying to cram into the ITT are elderly and can't walk with carts to Terminal C. There are admittedly ways for passengers "in the know" to handle this, but that's not solution for people who often can't seem to follow signs to their gates. (7) I mentioned the elevators only as an example of how crowded they were at peak times. In fact, if you haven't noticed, they were so crowded that an additional bank of elevators were added to the E garage after it opened. They are now gone. My point remains: I don't see how this will necessarily get any better in the future--even after the terminal expansion is complete--as you are confident it will. It seems the only real improvement will be the fact that most international passengers do not park in garages during the duration of their trip, so when ecopark shuttles return to the international arrivals, that should help. Won't help meeters/greeters, though, but maybe the decreased roadway congestion will encourage people to wait and use the cell phone lot as the arrivals curbside traffic at the peak is atrocious. Unfortunately there's no elegant way to solve this, as the critical planning fault of IAH (dating to the 1960s and not addressed when Terminal C opened in 1980) was to sandwich the terminals between two relatively small roadways and then build concourses and apron immediately adjacent to it, preventing any opportunity for economical expansion. UA's support facilities to the east of Terminal D further limit what you can do. The roadways are the critical landside chokepoints of the airport, same as the two crossfield taxiways SF and NR are the airside chokepoints. To address the persistent roadway problem, the most recent master plan considered the development of a terminal for all airlines but UA on the south side of Will Clayton Parkway to remove ~50% of O&D traffic off of Terminal Road. I'm sure ITRP includes some elements to address the problem, but there's no way to fix the fundamental issue that IAH will be up against until it develops terminal facilities outside of the Central Terminal Area.
  9. Houston19514, suggest you go to Terminal E international arrivals between 1pm and 5pm . . . I think you'll see that the vast majority of passengers using them are VFR passengers arriving from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. And with way more than 2 bags (and usually multiple boxes!). Only one can fit in each car of the "Subway," and they clog the elevators as well. Pre-COVID that arrivals lobby could be jam-packed.
  10. If Allegiant's rationale for starting this route was BYU and UH joining the Big 12 Conference, well, then, they need new route planners.
  11. 🤔 hmmmm, not sure I follow, can people tweet their luggage to their cars now or something? Is it, though (at least from the perspective of passengers being affected as wilcal cites)? I admittedly have already failed at understanding the basics of the concept, but the D/E garages are gone forever, no? There may be better connections from the C-East garage to the new Terminal E, but still a lot of walking.
  12. The newsletter starts tomorrow with podcast "shortly thereafter." You can sign up with your e-mail at City Cast Houston — Daily podcast and newsletter. I'm Lisa Gray, your fellow Houstonian. I'm so excited to bring you City Cast Houston. Here's a bit about what it is, in listicle form, because why not? It's a newsletter to start. It’ll be a podcast too, as soon as my crew and I figure out how to make one. The main thing -- the core of the enterprise -- is this: We’re having a conversation about Houston. “We” means you. And me. And the smartest, funniest people we can get to talk about this fabulous mess of a city. Because Houston needs talking about. It’s the United States’ least understood place -- not just by outsiders (who have no idea), but even by people who live here. It’s hard to get your head around. First there’s our ginormity. Ever see those maps of Beltway 8 superimposed over London or San Francisco? Harris County alone has more people than all of Louisiana. If the Houston metro area seceded from Texas, we’d be the 15th most populous state. Layer on top of that our dizzying diversity -- the boba shops that sell mangonadas, the sausage kolaches spiked with jalapeños, the barbecue joints’ banh mi. Plus there’s the whiplash speed at which the place changes -- the way that we all drive around, lost on streets we know, asking, “What used to be there?” It’s a thrill ride, living here. Sometimes you’re not sure whether to be terrified or exhilarated. Let’s be exhilarated. Email me: lisa.gray@citycast.fm. Let me know what we should talk about, who you want to hear from, or the best thing you’ve eaten lately. Invite your friends. Get them to sign up for the newsletter here. Let’s figure out this place together. Let’s make it better. And let’s have a good time.
  13. Please forward idea! I am one of those without Facebook.
  14. This sounds like an excellent topic for an initial City Cast episode. Who knows Lisa Gray?!
  15. It's a stock photo, with the city not identified Here are some different angles if helpful City park with modern building background. (canstockphoto.com) City park with modern building background. | CanStock (canstockphoto.com) (thanks Google Images)
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