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  1. 1 vote for TxTag. Whereas the EzTag costs $15 and requires you to load $40 to start using it and automatically reloads a minimum of $40 when your balance dips below $10, the TxTag is free. You have to load $40 to start using it, but there's no minimum reload amount as long as you enroll in the automatic reload program.
  2. The City of Houston has actually been pretty responsive in fixing damaged signal equipment in a timely manner. When I report most traffic signal related issues to 311, they're fixed within 24 hours, unless it's a bigger issue that requires more work.
  3. Take into consideration that in a car centered city like Houston, driving is sometimes the only option in areas where transit is non existent or sparse. In that case, it's not a privilege when you're forced into it.
  4. They have them, but they operate in a flashing red mode to save power and operate for a few hours or days before going dark if power is not restored.
  5. The City of Houston maintains just about all traffic signals within the city limits, including those installed by TxDOT and those on TxDOT maintained roads like Westheimer, Almeda, and feeder roads. Exceptions would be ramp meter signals and HOV signals.
  6. People take the train to work there so it's not a wasted resource. The dealership pre-dates the light rail stop by decades. It was formerly Sam White Oldsmobile in the 1950s. It didn't become a Cadillac dealership (Don Massey) until the late 90s when Bland Cadillac shut down and was replaced by Lofts. There was some old school charm about having a dealer so close in town in a vintage building, a domestic dealer at that, imagining the old fintailed 88s and 98s on the showroom floor. San Francisco doesn't have a single domestic car dealership in its city limits. The last one closed in 2011. If you're rich enough to afford to live in SF, a domestic car is beneath you. We still have Knapp Chevy though, still rocking its Art Deco digs in the shadow of downtown, so that's a sign that central Houston isn't that unaffordable. . . yet. http://swamplot.com/your-next-best-bets-for-houstons-most-historic-car-dealership-building-once-1621-milam-gets-demolished/2018-10-25/
  7. The only original bridges over 288 to get a new coat of paint during this project were utility bridges. Go figure.
  8. I'm not an old timer, but the elevated 59 we know today didn't exist in 1962. In 1962, US 59 followed what's now Spur 527 and ran on Travis and Milam and picked up some east-west streets to connect to the Eastex portion of US 59. I think the routing was Jefferson and Pease to La Branch and Crawford to Franklin and Preston to the Eastex. The elevated part and the connection to the Eastex through downtown didn't open until 1974. Here's a 1962 street map of Houston. You can see how 59 followed street routes downtown to connect the Southwest Freeway with the Eastex. https://www.texasfreeway.com/Houston/historic/road_maps/images/1962_houston_american_highres.jpg
  9. Central Automotive Group owns it. They also own Central Houston Cadillac's current location on Main.
  10. The 288 mainlanes at Holmes Rd. are set to reopen tomorrow. That means no more detour/free ride on the toll lanes between Southmore and Beltway 8. https://abc13.com/sh-288-reopens-pavement-failure-safety-purposes-structural-damage/10874778/
  11. SH 130 is actually signed along I-410 from I-35 SW of Downtown San Antonio to I-10 east of Downtown San Antonio where it's signed on I-10 to the point where the tollroad picks up outside Seguin. The idea was that truck traffic on I-35 would see the SH 130 sign and bypass San Antonio on SH 130/I-410 and SH 130/I-10 to pick up the tollroad and bypass Austin.
  12. Luckily, Houston's skyline is full of post-modernity, and I don't think they'll be demolishing any of those buildings anytime soon. Hopefully they don't get any ideas from this: https://gothamist.com/news/270-park-avenue-quintessential-modernist-skyscraper-being-slowly-destroyed-chase-bank
  13. The City of Houston did a similar thing when they decided to reconstruct most of downtown's streets and underground utilities at the same time during 1998-2005. Lee Brown faced criticism for that and barely won re-election in 2001 even though he actually stretched out the timeline after he decided too much construction was going on. 15-20 years later, it was worth it. Our reconstructed streets downtown are in excellent condition compared to other cities.
  14. It was and the new ramp is, too. I drove on it on Tuesday and can confirm it's 2 lanes.
  15. I take it you don't live in the area. That area isn't wholly Midtown or Third Ward. It's a transition area that encompasses both communities.
  16. I wonder if removing the spires had anything to do with nearby helicopter pads?
  17. The all-white is pretty bland. They were originally painting the bridge in the TxDOT Wave Design Scheme like the rest of the new bridges, but they stopped and painted it all white instead. The renderings showed the bridges in the wave scheme and also showed the pedestrian bridges using a more throwback style rail similar to what they did on the new Homestead overpass. https://goo.gl/maps/cBajZyxT9jaK7FTj7
  18. That bend in Buffalo Bayou around the Police Officers' Memorial has been there since before the memorial was built. It's present in a 1915 topographic map. They recently did some channel work there, but the bayou wasn't redirected.
  19. I think there's one little sign that tells you the cost to access the Tollway direct connector as well as as FM518 and Hwy 6 from that point instead of a big green sign like the northbound side. Not sure why they did that instead of a big green sign.
  20. Or they'll be riding one of those rental scooters when they collide into it. I see more of them downtown now since vehicle and pedestrian traffic is lighter.
  21. I could see them doing that. Maybe somewhere along the NE Grand Parkway. Lots of undeveloped land out there. Not sure if it's cheap though.
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