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  1. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Interesting data. Looks to be from 2000, and I assume it is mileage by lane so Houston has had a lot of expansion since then. The stats I find most interesting which I've never come across before are "% of Travel Served by Freeways" and "Daily Vehicle Miles Per Capita". The % of travel i assume is % of car/bus vehicle travel (based on the NYC and SF numbers, can't be all modes of travel). Any thoughts on the Daily vehicle travel of 36.9 miles per capita for Houston, and if that number has gone up or down?
  2. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Its not their data. and no one has highly accurate data, just studies and surveys that point to a trend- things are getting worse. new study from HomeArea.com A recent survey by the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows Houston-area residents continue to assert that traffic congestion is getting worse, and in an area that adds nearly 100,000 people annually, that’s probably no surprise. Solo drivers take 25.8 minutes to reach the office, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press.
  3. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    1. Houston commute times relative to other cities is not relative to my argument and I know we have to look at other models to compare, but what is important is Houston's commute times relative to 10 years ago and what to expect 10 years from now. 2. Chron article from 2018 states "Houston drivers traveled an average of 27.3 minutes to work" and from 2015 a Chron article states "Solo drivers take 25.8 minutes to reach the office". An almost 6% increase in 3 years. Of course I wouldn't count this as evidence, as they are two different studies and they likely use variables which could be altered to give you very different numbers, or they surveyed some ridiculous sample size like 100 people which is just as good as my "anecdotal evidence" which includes how all the real Houstonians I know that live and work around the city have been impacted by transportation and traffic. 3. If you have the actual source data from your visualcapitalist commute data that would be interesting, but I can't find anything. I don't think any facts have actually been presented in this discussion.
  4. 95.7 The Spot plays them on occasion. but they play hits from the 70s 80s 90s 00s. 00s? is that acceptable?
  5. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    posting a story about the most densely populated region in the country and their subway woes is misleading. And one graphic based on some census sample that's not defined is misleading too. My further discussion was what life is like getting around Houston and how congested and slow things have gotten in the last decade. LA is a better example, and I feel like that now - rush 'hour' has expanded and the reverse commute has faded. No matter where you are or what direction you're going between 3-8pm its crowded and slow and I would like more options.
  6. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    I don't see the value of comparing Houston and NYC. we've been down that path many times on this forum and nothing really comes out of it. I know I did respond as such, i couldn't help it... But when i used to spend a lot of time in new york, i only took the subway to get to certain special destinations, day to day stuff everything i could possibly need was within a 10-15 minute walk. To your question on taking a private vehicle and the advantages - yes i do like having that option in Houston. But I would like other options as well. I used to live in Montrose and would bike everywhere. Being able to take the bayou downtown and feel safe doing so even with my toddlers in a trailer was amazing. Walking to the red line and taking it to Reliant and not having to worry about parking, being able to have a few beers, and get out with no traffic was amazing. Walking to Dallas St and taking a single bus to an Astros game with my kid who loves to ride was amazing. I only drove to work (Clear Lake, the park and ride would have taken 1+ hour to go against traffic and I would still have needed my bike when I got to Bay Area) and it was amazing. BTW when I did live by work and was taking grad school classes at UH I did take the park and ride and walked to campus twice a week, for that 4-5:30 class. Coming back was much nicer in a bus where i could read and not have to worry about the gulf freeway. now we moved to Bellaire, still inside the loop. To get downtown on a single bus to the med center, then the train would take an hour. To go 8 miles. And I picked a destination right on the rail line. 40 minutes to get to Reliant, 4.5 miles away. There are better ways to move around more efficiently, and it will take a combination of smart methods that should ideally relieve traffic and congestion, reduce emissions, and provide multiple options for residents.
  7. skwatra

    Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    you could make the same slideshow called "Tales of Highway Hell" in Houston and have equivalent scenes and stats.
  8. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    We're talking 21 year olds. Interns and co-ops that were supposed to start and had no where to report, no longer getting credit and too late to enroll in classes. Yes I'm sure it will all be worked out and yes we got paid (by the way its really surprising how many well paid people- even older ones - live paycheck to paycheck, it baffles me). Young people that were lost, all drive gone and coming back to a zero morale environment. I work with these people and the psychological component is evident. Obviously private sector has risks and you can apply all the logical arguments you want but the emotional components are real and there is an impact.
  9. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    NASA federal employees got back pay (partial checks) yesterday and today. Had one good young engineer paying student loans and a car payment who was 2 days away from being evicted... was surprised how quickly they cut these checks but was glad to see it. Long term impacts: he has friends graduating in May who now have no interest to work for NASA or any other government agency now and have turned their eyes to the private sector.
  10. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    I hope wherever august reads HAIF is clean, that's a lot of rolling around on the floor....
  11. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    what's your point? many in Congress including Republicans think a national emergency at the southern border today is a non-starter. the point is, if the precedent is set to attempt to use the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to push campaign promises, lots of issues could be declared 'emergencies' in the future by various administrations.
  12. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    Don't forget a national emergency on gun control. my vote would be environmental laws as that is a world emergency.
  13. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    I can verify that. And that's the few part-time federal employees working excepted work, and contractors.
  14. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    Back to the shut down and impacts, several of the smaller JSC contracts have furloughed high percentages of their employees, one furloughed 80% starting this week. And unlike civil servants, they have no guarantee of back pay. The bigger contracts (Boeing, Jacobs) are covered through late February. Office of Personal Mgmt also sent out a second furlough letter to federal employees which is required every 30 days...
  15. skwatra

    Day 18 of Government shut down

    That picture is obvious an extreme example, but what this president has brought out is the worst in people. both sides. There is data that supports that, and I have felt it. I don't think its a coincidence that I have gotten the "get out of my country" type hate in various cities in the US several times between September 2001-2002, and 2017-2018. NOT ONCE in the 15 years between.