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  1. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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.
  2. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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
  3. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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
  4. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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.
  5. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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
  6. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    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.
  7. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    It's a question of recourses. There are only so many transportation dollars. How much can we afford to throw at expensive slow speed trains at the expense of more useful alternatives? Once those dollars are gone, they are gone. Houston is not the federal government where it can print its own money. The bigger question becomes, do you want to invest your limited dollars in old technology or the future? Trains are old technology. They just are. Those in the pro train debate should acknowledge that. Now, instead if we're talking about investing billions in a 200mph regional mag lev, or high speed train instead of a 30mph light rail then I could get on board with that. But investing billions in a technology that travels as fast at it did when it originally debuted powered by steam is a complete waste of tax payer money.
  8. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Voting for transit and riding transit are not the same thing. Just ask Los Angeles' metropolitan transit authority. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-metro-ridership-20180124-story.html The data is there. Light rail in America has just not lived up to the hype. Houston has a choice to make. Houston can be brave and cut it's loses or it can double down on more light rail, thinking light rail will be different in Houston if we just spend more billions and spend more time on it.
  9. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Because public transportation should primarily serve the citizens who need transportation, not people who worship trains. It would be a disservice to squander public transportation dollars, when buses can do the job just fine. A recent article on other cities who are saying enough with the rail already: https://www.azcentral.com/in-depth/news/local/phoenix/2018/12/20/ten-years-into-light-rail-continue-expand-metro-phoenix/2144400002/
  10. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Wondering if Metro should just scrap all rail plans? Nation wide auto sales actually increased in 2018 over 2017. https://www.marklines.com/en/statistics/flash_sales/salesfig_usa_2018 More people are purchasing more trucks and SUV's, if that's even possible. These are national wide numbers not Houston numbers, but generally mass transit numbers are plateauing or falling off nationwide and auto sales are increasing. So, why invest in rail, when buses are more flexible and economical? I think the data is speaking for itself. People in car cities, are riding public transportation only until they can afford to purchase a car, then they stop riding public transit. Which makes sense. Metro should stick to it's founding charter and focus on providing public transportation to people who cannot afford cars, and providing public transportation to people who are disabled.
  11. 102IAHexpress

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    The courthouse extension is the only thing that makes sense in this taxpayer boondoggle of a plan. The lack of access to the courthouse was a glaring oversite that I mentioned over three years ago in the Metro Rail East End/Southeast Line Downtown Construction pics and updates Thread. Also, I'm not sure why you think the CoH courthouse might be relocated or demolished? Absolutely zero chance for funding of a new a courthouse anytime soon.
  12. 102IAHexpress

    New Development on the University of Houston Campus

    Very happy for UH and the city on the new medical school. As to the location. I can see arguments for both. My wife is a professor of medicine at Northwestern. At NU the medical/business/law schools are in Chicago, but the main campus is up in Evanston. There are times when my wife will have to take the shuttle to Evanston to work on something, but 99% of the time she stays on the Chicago campus. Expansion is an issue here for the medical school. There is only so much real estate in this part of Chicago and construction costs are very high (it's basically like the Galleria (mag mile) and med center (NU med center) rolled into one very expensive area). However keeping talent and attracting top students in this part of Chicago is easy. Tons of amenities in this neighborhood. The concern for UH Medical would be if professors, researchers, post docs, etc. would want to commute/live in that part of Houston?
  13. 102IAHexpress

    CULBER-GONE!

    Not sure about a base but a Space Force Millitary Academy would have been a boon for the local economy and a boost in national reputation. Not going to happen now with Culberson gone. Oh well, citizens have a right to vote against their own interests if they want. That's democracy.
  14. 102IAHexpress

    CULBER-GONE!

    Would a waterway canal ststem be any less expensive than building new rail? We at least already have a bayou system in place, so some of the capital costs are accounted for. They are both centries old technologies. Zero emissions too. What other ancient technology can we spend billions on to “modernize” Houston?
  15. 102IAHexpress

    CULBER-GONE!

    19th century transportation technology v. 21st century space technology. Which would you rather your city be associated with? Houston will never become a world class city if it keeps shooting itself in the foot. Culberson was right about Metro and more importantly he is right about NASA. Science and space exploration are the future. After the party of science led by Obama gutted US human space exploration Trump has been bringing it back and that will only benefit Houston. Losing Culberson; Houston has lost it's best NASA ally and it's best hope to remain relevant in the future. Sad.