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Everything posted by mfastx

  1. Railroads have always been granted eminent domain, this is nothing new or controversial.
  2. Do we know if anything will become of those huge parking lots in front?
  3. Too good to be true. I'll believe it once construction starts.
  4. I mean, everyone was apparently fine with building highways to no end that take up way more property/homes than a rail line ever would (and continue to take up more even after they are built!), so I see it as a bit hypocritical to be staunchly opposed to a rail line for these reasons.
  5. Perfect timing with another hurricane on the way..
  6. Quick, someone go ride this thing!
  7. This man (or lady) hindesky is the MVP of HAIF. Thanks!
  8. Wait, this actually happening? Trying not to get my hopes up lol.
  9. People want alternatives. All over the world, when given the option, HSR wins against airlines for distances such as Dallas - Houston. We already invest plenty in highways.
  10. Obviously BRT in a vacuum isn't as good as light rail (and by that same token, light rail isn't nearly as good as heavy rail), but it's still an improvement over what we have and given that Metro has apparently given up on building the University Line as rail, it wouldn't make as much sense to build a rail section on Post Oak without connecting it to the network.
  11. Honestly that doesn't look too bad for a storage facility...
  12. I've long maintained that Westheimer is the most suitable corridor in Houston for rail. Too bad it won't happen in my lifetime.
  13. Amazing. Had no idea how beautiful the original facade was underneath that awful cladding. Classic Houston.
  14. Obviously not surprising. LOL at pointing to weak ridership of the new light rail lines as evidence that the system shouldn't be expanded after essentially being responsible for the 2003 vision never being completed, which crippled potential ridership. Obviously the University line was by far the highest ridership and most rail worthy corridor in Houston after the original Red Line. This plan isn't perfect and it's a bummer that they gave up on rail on the west side of town, where it actually makes sense on some level. But there's lots of good things in the plan and Houston's transit could definitely stand to see major improvements. Unfortunately I probably see something similar happening to this plan as what happened in 2003, only a couple of projects end up happening in the end.
  15. I thought the timeline was sliding because of NIMBYs and lawsuits?
  16. Good to hear. I see the timeline is sliding a bit, hopefully they can actually start construction in 2020, and that it is successful and inspires other projects.
  17. That is unlikely, they will run a schedule similar to LRT. Sure there are plenty of successful BRT lines and it's a fine transit solution. I'm in favor of it as I said. But BRT was better served on the east side lines with lower density and ridership potential. The west side corridors can absolutely support LRT, and it's a shame it won't get built that way because transit ridership would be greater had it been. Yup I'm aware, but was disappointed in Metro not being able to figure out a solution. Also wouldn't that law that Culberson passed still apply to BRT? I thought he prohibited "fixed guide way transit" being constructed on Richmond. Anyway, now that he is out of the picture Metro has no excuse to not try and go for the rail solution as originally intended. Instead they are expanding two lines to Hobby and further north.
  18. I'm largely in agreement with most of your points but there's one thing I need to correct here: BRT is NOT as efficient or as good as LRT. It is significantly cheaper, sure. But on an operational basis, it generates less ridership, has less capacity and costs more per passenger to operate on top of all of that. It's an absolute failure of Metro to never have built the original University Line as LRT. It was promised to us in 2003 and was never built. It is by far the second best corridor for rail in Houston after the original Red Line. Just the University Line itself would have more ridership than the Red Line extension, Green and Purple Lines COMBINED. That was the one important line coming out of the 2003 referendum and they screwed it up. The original plan was to have the University and Uptown lines as rail and the east side lines as BRT. Now, all of that out of the way, despite my disappointment in the above, I would still vote yes on this plan. Reason being is that after 2003 it took nearly 20 years for Metro to develop another expansion plan. These projects won't all be completed until 2040 (assuming all projects get built which is quite doubtful). If this fails, who knows how long it will be until there is another opportunity to improve transit in Houston. While BRT for the west side lines is a disappointment, it is still a significant upgrade over what we have now. Rail to one of the airports is a win as well.
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