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  1. And the tax is only on imported barrels. I do think Texas should raise the gas tax to pay for roads while prices are low.
  2. Have been in DFW for the past few days and have been on some of the freeways with speed increases. I 20 in Tarrant County went from 60 to 70, and I have to say that traffic is flowing better on it now. More people naturally stay to the right since people are going 70 there. I assume it is the same on other roadways. I saw a cop when I was driving and going about 72. At first I thought "damn, I better slow down" but then I remembered. Must be nice knowing you can go the speed most everyone drives, somewhere in the low to mid 70s, and not worry about some BS 15 over ticket. One of my old friends was saying that he sets his cruise to 75 now with no worries. I'm calling up the TxDot division in Houston tomorrow to see what's up. We gotta change some of these limits in Houston back to the old days. 70 outside of Highway 6/1960, 65 outside the Loop (for most freeways). Keep Houston Moving!
  3. Estimates are fun and all, but sometimes way off. I remember Dallas proper was suppose to have fast growth last decade, but ended up only growing by 0.8 percent (iirc) when the actuals came out. The density increase in Dallas proper is happening but that doesn't mean it is growing faster than SA. It's density just increases faster due to the smaller size. I highly doubt it will pass SA. That city is growing both ways, with room for even more suburban development inside.
  4. Why does this matter? Are you saying Republicans don't care for equal rights? I would agree with you for the most part. It is unfortunate it wasn't brought up then and we instead had a president who tried working with the other side and it just bit him in the ass.
  5. How are you so sure of this? There are commercial areas behind a small buffer zone along these freeways in a lot of these areas. Not to mention in places like the Northeast, there is usually a nice tree buffer between the freeways and homes instead of just a sound wall.
  6. There are so many areas in Houston where there are neighborhoods and apartment complexes right on the feeder road, which is right next to the freeway. I would say that is worse. The problem with traffic in Cinco is that the east west streets are only four lanes instead of six. Also, the GP is only four lanes. There is enough space in between the mainlanes to widen it to 8, which would be enough. But, that will probably be a new toll in the future. I like the look the no feeders give in CR.
  7. You get this in Houston WITH the feeders. There is just bad traffic sometimes. My friend from LA was saying the feeders along the Katy are like two freeways. People fly 60-70 down them. When you exit you often have to go that fast to make it to the right lane. I've seen some dumb shit happen with people exiting and needing to make it across. I think we would have been better off building without feeders and pushing the local commercial traffic away from the freeway and to arterial streets. It is too late for most areas now, but I hate that they added feeders to I 10 near the Heights, along parts of 288 in Pearland, some parts of the new Grand Parkway.
  8. Anyone remember that one rendering a while back that had the UT school being built out in Pearland. I think I remember seeing it in the older Shadow Creek Ranch renderings.
  9. I drove past the Bing car on Cullen and 45 near UH and then drove past the Google car on Mason in Katy. Must be a really chill job.
  10. Can Munoz convince the board move the HQ or operational HQ back to Houston?
  11. They added sidewalks to Westgreen and soon Franz and have been putting in more landscaping.
  12. It has gotten pretty bad. Enough to where I am planning a move just in case it gets worse. I wish Houston would diversify more. Not fighting harder and smarter for companies like United or luring others in like Toyota is coming back to bite us in the ass.My friends in Dallas and LA are posting photos of the falling gas prices on Facebook. One friend in Dallas posted a sign that had gas under two dollars. Most of the nation is very happy to see these falling prices and it is having positive effects in other parts of those area's economy. In Houston, it is almost bittersweet seeing falling prices.
  13. It wouldn't be in the City of Katy if it was off of 99 somewhere. Many people in "Katy" don't realize they don't actually live in Katy, so they say things like that. It is the same reason why the new football stadium was built in the City of Katy and then people living south of 10 complained. There will be road improvements too, so no need to worry there. I doubt a waterpark creates a big traffic nightmare here. It isn't like it would be year round either.
  14. I stayed at the lofts for a year (a year too long I say) and decided to move to Cambridge Oaks to finish out my last year. Basically had everything I needed or wanted at Cambridge Oaks, plus a private balcony. The Lofts are very overrated and since the Vue opened, has lost some residents. Though I will say, taking that elevator up to my room or sky lobby in the lofts impressed some dates . Was only a matter of time before they moved onto the Quads. Hopefully the new dorms are made more affordable.
  15. Yeah, I'm surprised at the investment in the Bay Area after the 89 earthquake...
  16. Little York is the longest if you exclude name changes. Clay/West 43rd/Crosstimbers is longer if you don't.
  17. The Energy Corridor is what will fuel the growth out that way. There has been an increase in office development west of the energy corridor too. Most of it is springing up along the Grand Parkway (mostly north of I-10) and between Mason and Katy-Ft. Bend road along I-10.
  18. Which is just crazy. You look at the Canadian versions of Houston (Calgary and Edmonton), and they have no problems getting rail and the citizens there vote for expansions. I will never understand why the politicians are so anti rail in Houston. It is really frustrating and holding the city back. Nevermind that early 1980s plan (which would be great for Houston currently), if the 2000 light rail plan that was approved by voters did not reach so much opposition, the inner loop lines would all be complete right now. Instead, we get the half assed version and nothing better for the next decade at least.And lets not forget either, part of the reason the rail runs in the streets without many grade separations is because Metro did not receive help from politicians who blocked funding. Could have been much better without so much corruption and delays.
  19. Why did nobody quote this man before he edited out his inside scoop?
  20. Disagree. 610 West Loop backs up because it is in a high volume area near large employment centers. It is still just a 3 or 4 mile stretch. If what you are saying were true, then the Katy freeway wouldn't have bad traffic because there are multiple side streets to take, but that freeway still backs up. Even in non rush hour traffic it backs up (and both directions too).
  21. It is such an easy ramp to navigate. When traffic is slow, the grade going up is so steep that you do not even have to use your brakes (like pretty much all ramps). I don't understand why people have so much trouble with it.
  22. Expansion talk for Segment E of the Grand Parkway already starting. New section getting 80,000 vehicles per day. Pretty busy during rush hour now. http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/katy/grand-parkway-paves-the-way-for-growth/
  23. Trae

    METRORail Green Line

    Saw them on campus yesterday at UH (sorry, no pics). All those students hoping the rail tracks trying to make a shortcut are going to have to find another way pretty soon. With the way people drive around UH, there will be many accidents unfortunately.
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