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  1. Well, that's not entirely true. Pittsburgh is a good example of a bus corridor (the East Busway) that's at least correlated with a successful corridor. Most major cities in this country haven't implemented true, high-quality BRT lines, so it's hard to really predict what kind of impacts Metro's plan will have. I linked the article earlier because it suggested that what really matters is less any particular transit technology, and more the support (financial, regulatory, and otherwise) of as many local agencies, authorities, non-profits, public-private partnerships etc as possible. Given how Metro seems to be approaching this, the direction the Planning Department has been moving, the mayor's public statements, and the City's recent hiring of a Chief Transportation Planner, I am *genuinely hopeful* that transit and TOD will get that support.
  2. Well you haven't given any examples (except for the stations locations of this potential railroad), so it's hard to craft much of a response...
  3. I don't think price per square foot is the only measure of success, but considering that we currently have light rail but not true BRT (at least not operating yet), I'm not sure there's a useful comparison to make right now. But also, some of the best mixed-use developments in the city are nowhere near the light rail. Montrose, the Heights, and everything in between have the obvious examples - think about the various massive developments being built along Allen Parkway. Or even smaller (not technically mixed-use, but less auto-oriented at least) developments like what replaced the Heights Post Office - that was going to be a strip mall but got pushback from the Historic Commission so ended up a lot better.
  4. It's a few years old, but this is an interesting piece on TOD: https://www.citylab.com/life/2013/09/surprising-key-making-transit-oriented-development-work/6992/ TLDR: TOD success comes more from municipal/agency support and incentives than from any particular transit type. Example BRT lines from Cleveland and Pittsburgh are given as success and failures.
  5. I'm sorry, but a beer garden should not provide parking. The literal purpose of the place is to sit and drink.
  6. I mean, we haven't seen any final drawings (nor do they exist yet) or anything, but that's the idea. Part of the reason for using Richmond is that it has plenty of right of way to use for dedicated lanes.
  7. Yeah, I really think there needs to be a BRT station west of Shepherd. To me, the obvious location is where Washington goes under I-10. I don't think you'd want a station that *only* serves Memorial Park, but this would provide access to the park, relatively dense residential neighborhoods, and an area that just in general is redeveloping pretty rapidly.
  8. Most of the length of Muni's lines are at grade, similar to (or worse than) Houston's LRT. Only central sections are subways. It would actually be a decent point of comparison for this plan. BART is somewhat of a different animal (it has a 3rd rail so CANNOT be at grade without being fenced off), but most of its length is not subway - it's fenced at grade or elevated, generally in freeway ROW.
  9. It's a boondoggle to them because they can't imagine ever using it. But rather than just say "I'm against this because I don't think it will benefit me personally," they're looking for terms they think will scare people. "boondoggle" "taxpayer bailout" etc
  10. A small (emphasis on small) coffee shop wouldn't need much parking, even subject to the City's absurd requirements. Something like dedicated timed on-street parking *might* just pass muster with the Planning Commission. That said, I of course agree with expanding the market based parking area. I'm still annoyed that SE midtown/inner/lower/west? 3rd ward got carved out.
  11. Well, it wouldn't need parking. It might be interesting if the developer could implement time limits on street parking around the block - that would provide plenty of parking that would really only be useful for someone stopping to get coffee. But generally speaking - this neighborhood is dense enough that a coffee shop (of all places) could do just fine without dedicated parking.
  12. Yep, I think that's it. It looks like it's only a 1' buffer and a 5' lane, and that's with 10' car lanes. moo, not my favorite compromise, but probably fine for this street.
  13. Just reverse it so that the the buffer is between the parking and the bike lane. The buffer is also where you would put out trash cans. That's how these lanes are set up elsewhere, even on other sections of Hutchins. My assumption is that the city has a minimum width requirement for the lane and buffer combined for parking protected lanes that they didn't feel they could manage on this section.
  14. Not a fan of this reverse parking protected layout. This is fine for this street probably given its relatively low volumes I suppose. I wonder why it was done like this.
  15. Yeah the baseball field seems fine. The massive surface parking on the other hand...
  16. To be fair to the rurals, I think many of them fully realize that it won't be for them, and that's why they don't like it. Of course, the weird compromise "university" station that isn't actually in College Station or Huntsville is kinda effectively also a "rural" station.
  17. This is contemporary high-speed rail. Brand new, newly designed trains running over 200mph. This is forward-thinking today.
  18. Except it's not really wholesome. It's deeply inefficient, subsidized by downtown and central neighborhoods, contributing to climate change and future flooding, etc.
  19. I don't understand the idea that this is a "vanity project." It's high-speed transit that cuts travel time between Houston and Dallas to an hour and a half. And it has real potential to function as a proof of concept that makes additional routes less of a nightmare to get built. I get that plenty of people will still drive, but this would completely eliminate any reason to ever fly between Houston and Dallas as far as I'm concerned. A flight is only about 15 minutes quicker, and that's not counting getting through security, so time-wise it's a wash at worst. The difference in comfort between a train seat and a plane seat is so far beyond night and day.
  20. Different line. This one was also planned as light rail, but it goes up and down Post Oak.
  21. Fantastic. This would be a huge improvement, and I really like the idea of the City pushing against TXDOT's biases here.
  22. I'll happily take a dingbat on this site.
  23. It's a weirdly unreliable website, but the Park Service posts an updated list every Friday: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/weekly-list.htm Today is not showing up right now though.
  24. Battelstein's was just listed in the National Register of Historic Places. That seems like a *very* good sign, and might also explain the delay.
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