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  1. That's like saying, lets build this skyscraper right the first time and make it 100 floors instead of 35. The busway "track" is just surface road. There is no disruption in rapid bus service during light rail conversion because the bus, is still a bus, and it can just drive around that section of rail construction. Not that hard.
  2. Indeed it is not part of it. People can still take the 82 Westheimer and tons of other buses. The "system" is one of local buses, commuter buses and light rail. Our bus system is one the most successful in the country. But even with our successful bus system, the green and purple lines have not been able to leverage that success relative to the buses they replaced.
  3. The red line is proof that if high ridership bus routes between the med center and downtown are converted to a light rail line, it will remain high ridership route, but at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. The green and purple lines are proof that if existing low ridership bus routes are converted to light rail, they will remain low ridership light rail routes but at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  4. Your sample size is too big which is why it seems like a great investment. Objectively, the additional train trips that the purple and green lines take now compared to the buses they replaced has -not- yielded compounded results in ridership/revenue. Why should an extension to Hobby be any different, this time, to every inaccurate Metro projection from the past? If your projections are correct why not just start off with a rapid bus line extension? If the numbers hold up, expand to light rail.
  5. Not sure I would call it a joke. It's public transportation. What are you expecting? It's a bus. A pretty reliable one that I've taken many times to Hobby. Usually takes me less than an hour or about an hour. But I hear you. Buses "suck" and trains don't "suck." But in my opinion, building light rail at a cost of almost a billion dollars to shave 20 minutes off the bus time (if we're lucky), is not a good use of taxpayer money.
  6. I agree. But we don't need to speculate too much. We have data already. Public transportation exists and is in use to/from Hobby. All of the types of travelers you mention in your post have already rejected public transportation at the airport. The real question is, how will light rail (at a significant higher cost) be more attractive than the current bus service?
  7. Outside of Hobby Airport workers, who would actually use this light rail route? Families? No. Single travelers with large suitcases? No. Business travelers who can expense a taxi? No. I'm thinking only budget minded travelers who are traveling to downtown. Not a huge a market. If I was in charge, (which i'm not) and I had to yield to the mob that wants this boondoggle. I would incorporate park and ride stations along the route, with over night parking available (at your own risk). Park for free or just a couple of bucks, take the light rail to the airport. Kind of like the Smith Lands station. Med Center employees park at the station and ride to the Med Center (also inflates the ridership numbers, but that's for another thread). But I'm not in charge, so that means Metro will double down on stupid and think that if they build it, riders will just come.
  8. Good article in today's WSJ regarding why high speed rail has failed to materialize in the US. Illinois is shown as the example of why it has failed to take off. Governments are realizing that European/Chinese like high speed rail is not feasible in the US. However, higher speed rail is more feasible (up to 110/mph). The article remains open minded about investor backed high speed rail projects like the ones in Texas and Florida. https://www.wsj.com/articles/high-speed-rail-in-the-u-s-remains-elusive-illinois-shows-why-11551713342
  9. Not sure if this belongs here. Mods can move if you want. Saw this in today's WSJ. Renovations on the Rothko Chapel. Full article with some cool pictures... https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-push-to-preserve-a-rothko-masterpiece-11551283796
  10. Whatever hope of new rail infrastructure being built with federal tax dollars, just took a huge hit because of California's boondoggle of a high speed train fiasco. If anything, the feds may want to get money back on wasted train investments! I can see the feds spending money on rebuilding/repairing -existing- rail infrastructure though.
  11. This is a very old table from the feds. But i'm just amazed at how -few- highway miles Houston has. I would like to see more recent statistics. But the case could be made that Houston should add more highway miles. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/onh2p11.htm Urbanized Area Location Prime State Location Other State(s) Estd. Urbanized Population (1,000) Federal-Aid Urbanized Land Area (Sq. Miles) Persons per Square Mile Total Highway Mileage Total & Expressway Mileage Total Freeway Miles per Urbanized Population Total Highway Vehicle Miles (000) Total Freeway Vehicle Miles (000) Daily Vehicle Miles Per Capita % of Travel Served by Freeways Average AADT on Freeways New York Northeastern NJ NY NJ 17,089 3,962 4,313 37,623 1,130 66.1 263,905 101,299 15.4 38.4 89,639 Los Angeles CA 12,384 2,231 5,551 26,949 652 52.7 280,793 126,498 22.7 45.1 193,875 Chicago - Northwestern IN 1/ IL IN 7,702 2,730 2,821 23,764 477 62.0 158,240 48,276 20.5 30.5 101,167 Philadelphia 1/ PA NJ 4,068 1,347 3,020 13,417 347 85.4 77,005 24,483 18.9 31.8 70,457 San Francisco - Oakland CA 4,022 1,203 3,343 9,316 330 82.0 90,277 47,982 22.4 53.1 145,461 Detroit MI 3,836 1,304 2,942 13,808 283 73.8 92,359 31,125 24.1 33.7 109,882 Dallas - Ft. Worth TX 3,746 1,712 2,188 17,830 594 158.5 116,548 49,197 31.1 42.2 82,872 Washington DC MD, VA 3,617 999 3,621 10,329 306 84.6 82,959 34,533 22.9 41.6 112,852 Atlanta GA 2,977 1,757 1,694 13,145 306 102.9 100,693 42,488 33.8 42.2 138,701 Boston MA 2,917 1,138 2,563 10,148 211 72.3 59,361 22,890 20.3 38.6 108,468 San Diego CA 2,653 733 3,619 5,965 246 92.8 62,809 33,745 23.7 53.7 137,029 Houston TX 2,487 1,537 1,618 15,251 368 148.0 91,883 39,195 36.9 42.7 106,458
  12. NYC also has the biggest, fastest, most frequent, heavily used, train system in America. It's supposed to be the "best." Funny, I thought more trains=less congestion. No matter how you slice it, Houston's congestion is not that bad. Congestion should be measured by not only automobile congestion but the combined congestion of automobile and public transportation congestion. Because as we can see, standing, waiting for your NYC subway train is a real thing. But fine, if you want to only include automobile congestion then INRIX traffic analectics is the best source in my opinion. Even there, Houston is not even in the top ten most congested cities in America for automobile traffic. http://inrix.com/scorecard-city/?city=Houston%2C TX&index=77 http://inrix.com/scorecard/ I stopped reading after you said Chron article. Wikipedia is more accurate than chron.com
  13. You are entitled to your anecdotal evidence. And I'm not suggesting you should ignore your personal observations. However, the fact is Houston's commute time relative to other cities, has actually gotten faster not slower. If you have facts that suggest otherwise, then please post them.
  14. You could. But it would be misleading. NYC commuters have the longest commute time in the Country. Houston does not. But nice try. A nice visual aid of the facts: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/average-commute-time-by-state.html
  15. Tales of Subway Hell: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/11/nyregion/mta-subway-tweets.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage And this from the only city in America where rail makes economic sense.
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