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  1. At today's commission meeting, the commission decided to receive public comment on the removal of funding for NHHIP. Comment will be received starting July 9, and the plan is to have a decision at the August meeting (at the end of August). From the tone of comments from Chairman Bugg and Houston Commissioner Ryan, it sounds like they are ready to defund NHHIP. Public comment appears to be a necessary step before they can officially remove the projects (and their funding) from the UTP.
  2. In case you weren't aware, DFW builds more freeways and tollways than Houston and is better off economically than Houston. DFW has more job creation and more consistent job creation. In fact, they're almost always the #1 metro in the U.S. for job creation. Houston only ranks highly when oil prices are high. DFW has more population increase and attracts more domestic migrants (which is a sign that a city is attractive). DFW also has a more highly diversified economy including a much larger tech sector than Houston. DFW is often a viable candidate for national-level corporate expansions such as
  3. Now we'll need to await the response of the TxDOT commission. Will they leave the $5 billion funding commitment in place, or will the project funding be reallocated elsewhere? I'm not in a position to know anything, but there may be some clues. At the June 10 NCTCOG meeting (NCTCOG is the Dallas-Fort Worth equivalent of H-GAC), NCTCOG director Morris stated "We have a major push working with TxDOT headquarters to advance projects in Dallas-Fort Worth as other big projects in the rest of the state do not move forward. So, [name] and Mo and Carl and John and our office are working hard
  4. It's very unlikely this will have any effect on the Inner Katy BRT. The BRT will be on TxDOT right-of-way, but I don't think TxDOT will want to burn bridges with Metro, CoH and HGAC by causing delays. Also, it appears that (as of now) only Harris County is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against TxDOT. CoH and Metro are not suing TxDOT. Of course CoH and others (i.e. Link) may be glad to let Harris County do the dirty work.
  5. Driving on the new 610NB-69SB ramp High res This view shows the two ramps being demolished, 610NB-69SB in the foreground and 610SB-69NB in the background High res View of the old 610SB-69NB being demolished High res
  6. The Austin Business Journal recently (28-Jan-21) posted a report with a summary of downtown high-rise activity, including planned and rumored projects. There is no mention of this project, 98 Red River. This is what the article says about the tallest building in Austin This project is the closest mentioned to the site of 98 Red River It is quite mind-boggling to have 43 projects in this report, although of course many are planned and some won't happen. This boom is mostly because it is difficult, expensive and/or impossible to build adequate new housing in Silicon
  7. Here are some photos I took of the presentation board for the railroad realignment at the City of Houston meeting in September 2018. These maps don't suggest any improvement to Winter street, but that was more than two years ago. (I could not embed the image because the links are not https) This should be available somewhere on the CoH web site, possibly more up-to-date. http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180904-0013-2000.jpg http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180904-0012-2560.jpg
  8. I seem to recall that the original plan was to have the toll lanes connect into MacGregor, but there was substantial opposition so the MacGregor connection was nixed. The Holcombe exit was then proposed and was acceptable to the community. Good point about an exit to the main lanes where you suggest.
  9. The FM 1960 bridge over US 290 is now open! I don't know exactly when it opened, but Saturday a week ago (10/31) it was still closed, and crews were busy doing the final finishing tasks. It's nearly two years since the official opening ceremony on December 15, 2018. Regular closures for pavement texturing on the entire length of main lanes was ongoing until around Spring 2020 (and very annoying). There is still work needed to be done at ground level of the FM 1960 intersection, but the project could be finally, completely done by the end of this year or early 2021.
  10. That's interesting to know the Lodge rates poorly compared to peers. Big Bend Lodge is the only option in the park, and since the park is so big, it's a long way to any other options, Terlingua being the nearest. No competition, so they can get away with a mediocre property at a high price. The last time I looked into it several years ago, the Big Bend Lodge was booked far in advance during peak season, and was quite expensive. So I have never stayed at the Lodge. I have camped at Chisos Basin and Rio Grande Village, and I have stayed at a lower-tier property in Terlingua.
  11. The proposed toll road along Post Oak Road connecting the Fort Bend Parkway is not going to happen, at least not anytime in the foreseeable future. Today the commissioner's court approved a resolution to suspend any further study of it and cancel a consultant contract currently in progress. It is permanently dead? Probably. It appears that the new policy of Commissioner's Court is to end all future expansion of the toll road system, and only a few previous commitments will move forward, such as some ramps at 225 and the Sam Houston Tollway. See part 2 of the
  12. The North Texas proposal for the Hyperloop certification center was eliminated from contention this week. See item 6.1. https://www.nctcog.org/nctcg/media/Transportation/Committees/RTC/2020/agenda-packet-aug.pdf?ext=.pdf I expected this result because the North Texas proposal mostly aligned the test tubes on elevated structures along the SH 360 freeway, which of course makes construction much more difficult and also limits accessibility. I'm thinking the winner will have a plan which has the tubes on the ground, or has a clear, unobstructed corridor for easier construction and
  13. The final EIS was released Friday, and I compared the draft EIS schematic to the final EIS schematic. https://railroads.dot.gov/environmental-reviews/dallas-houston-high-speed-rail/dallas-houston-high-speed-rail-final Generally, changes are minimal. The document (ES 6.2.1 and ES 6.2.2) specifically mentions these changes in the Houston area See document F1 pages 303-304 for the proposed station plan. The plan shows West 18th turning toward the southwest just west of the US 290/IH 610 and connecting to Post Oak road. The existing West 18th appears to be abandoned
  14. The CoH request is just a collection of all the complaints of the project opposition. CoH didn't even think through the consequences or feasibility of their request and the net negative effect it will have on mobility. You will realize just how ridiculous the COH request is when your read this analysis. https://houstonstrategies.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-city-of-houstons-problematic.html Major points 1. Removal of the HOV lane has a major negative impact on existing mobility, and eliminates an incentive to carpool/vanpool 2. The BRT with stations in the freeway will d
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