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  1. Looks like there are plans in the works for a 3-mile extension of Spur 5 from its existing terminus just south of UH campus. Extension would take it past I-610 down to Bellfort. Project includes 4 direct connectors between I-610 & Spur 5. Work wouldn’t start until 2025. Route won’t be redesignated as SH 35 until future extensions take it past the Beltway.



  2. On 9/19/2018 at 10:48 AM, rechlin said:

    SkylineView, "drag" it out of purgatory is literally correct!  All you have to do is drag it from that linked page and into the post editor and it will work.  Like this:



    I thought the bus lanes were supposed to feature a strip of grass down the center. Metro’s website shows the renderings/schematics with grass. They even refer to it as a “green guideway”. The photo above looks like it’s solid concrete.



  3. They've posted the schematics and some renderings that were presented at tonight's open house on the website.

    Clearly this is a flawed design. The express lanes go from 1 lane as it ramps up, to 2 lanes in the middle section, then back to 1 lane as it ramps down. It's going to bottleneck for sure. What a joke.

  4. I agree that the extent of the project is too short. On the northern terminus, it should at least go past the US 290 interchange.

    I wonder if there will be entrances/exits between these express lanes & the existing main lanes in between I-10 and I-69 terminus (like the Katy Freeway managed lanes). Or instead it will truly act as a West Loop bypass meaning that once you get on, you ride it the full stretch (like the elevated section of I-35 in Austin). I prefer the latter for better traffic flow.

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  5. I have and it robs the streetscape of light, and it's too cluttered. Elevated would be fine along Westheimer (west of the Galleria), but not Downtown. It's depressing, and gritty. Wouldn't make sense to be counter productive to the beautification and on going strive to make retail happen on our streets. Ontop of that, it will look like an elevated highway running through to middle of everything. You think Metro would seriously have some great designs to make it more appealing? Nope. Just concrete pillars. Beautiful.

    How about you visit under the Pierce elevated and let me know how it adds to the streets around it.

    Edit: Elevated would work if the Houston Center had panned out to its original renderings. Same effect on the street.

    Ok, I agree with you on the blocking of sunlight. But I don't agree that it would kill street life or development at grade. Your Pearce Elevated arguement doesn't apply. It's not meant to serve pedestrians, it's for vehicular traffic. If it was, people would be at grade walking underneath it to access stations. I can't speak for the entire Chicago system, but many of the areas I was in had lively activity at grade with coffee shops, restaurants, etc. and this wasn't necessarily right underneath a station but in between them. One reason why Houston is better suited for elevated rail is because of the flooding issue. A subway would be deemed useless during floods. Even the existing at-grade system can only operate in a few inches of water before they shut it down and runs busses instead.

  6. Took the green/purple line this morning to the Thanksgiving Day parade. Got on at EaDo Station and got off at Theatre District Station. Going there wasn't too bad as we left after the parade started. However, coming back was a nightmare. Everyone was trying to walk back to their cars and walking in the streets (and on the rails). Police were yelling at pedestrians to get off the rails. The trains couldn't proceed. It was so slow. I think I could've walked faster than the train was travelling between Theatre District Station and Convention District Station. Once we passed Convention District Station the train sped up to normal speed. I really think METRO blew it with this section within Downtown. This section should be elevated. Yeah I know its a cost issue but I'm just saying.

  7. Looks interesting. Wonder where the bike path will be.

    I guess they'll put in an intersection under the rail tracks at commerce and navigation?

    Hopefully they'll put in a bike path there, cause commerce (aside from crossing the rail tracks) is a great way to get into the city safely on a bike.


    Yes, that's my interpretation of it. The two underpasses will intersect below the RR tracks and feature either a traffic light or a stop sign. So if you're travelling on Commerce you could elect to take a left or right onto Navigation and vice versa.


    The bike paths & sidewalks I am assuming will be featured in the design of the underpasses. So pedestrians and bikers can avoid waiting for trains as well. The current Navigation underpass has no shoulder that I would consider for bikes & pedestrians.

  8. I don't think this has been discussed yet here on the boards. Since I live in the area, I recently received a flyer in the mail in regards to a project that the Gulf Coast Rail District is proposing. You can read the full details in the attached images, but the highlights include:

    • Reconstructing the Navigation underpass to include an intersection with a new Commerce underpass
    • New railroad underpass on York
    • Converting York and Sampson to 2-way traffic
    • Closing a number of current surface railroad crossings
    • New bike lanes & sidewalks

    Although not mentioned, since they are creating a RR quiet zone, I would assume that they would be installing tall concrete sound walls like they have along Houston-area freeways (i.e., Katy Freeway, I-610 in Bellaire, etc.) to protect adjacent neighborhoods from the noise. That would make sense since they're closing a number of current RR crossings and making new underpasses.


    What do you think of the project?



  9. But what kind of overpass?

    I heard they were going for the rail only option, then last night on the news, they approved a rail and traffic one.

    Board recommended overpass design with rail and one lane of vehicular traffic. Other vehicular lane will be at grade. METRO will negotiate with city council to aide with financials for this design. If by summer nothing has come to fruition, then METRO will proceed with overpass design with only rail (2 vehicular lanes at grade).

  10. no way it takes 31 months to design/build that bridge....bridge engineer here....are they going to run a separate train on the east portion?


    No plans for separate trains running on the east portion according to the Green Line office representative I spoke to. The rails and stations will sit there unused until the bridge is completed.

  11. I think we need to keep multiple transit agencies rather than one that has a monopoly on the region. I'd actually prefer if METRO spun off its light rail program to another agency and just focused on improving the Houston bus system. METRO is focusing too much on light rail and forgetting about the bus system. Let another agency handle the rail side.

  12. Why doesn't METRO split up the University Line into segments? Instead of trying to get the whole thing built at one time, build the eastern section from Eastwood TC to the Menil Station. This seems to be the uncontroversial segment. Then hopefully by the time it gets built, they should have the western segment routing all sorted. Building the eastern segment first works best anyways since it ties into the existing system.

  13. I think the East End Line could've been up and running this year too (up to the Hughes Underpass) if it weren't for the large amount of work needed on the downtown portion of the line on Capitol and Rusk.

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