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Since FLIXBUS has come into town with routes to San Antonio, New Orleans, etc... Thought I'd start a dedicated thread on FLIXBUS in Houston and routes that it currently has online, proposing, or planning to implement. FLIXBUS was a big part of my experience while in Europe. Great service, cheap, but at the same time its an excellent run company. There business model is like a JetBlue for airlines where they try to streamline business costs as much as possible in order to keep prices as low as possible. They also avoid owning any real estate or property with terminals to maintain flexibility. Here are available routes right now: Texas - Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio ($0.99 fare) Louisiana - Baton Rouge, New Orleans ($4.99 fare) Mississippi - Biloxi ($4.99 fare) In recent news, FLIXBUS is looking to start a route from Houston to Galveston. More in the article: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/transportation/2019/06/26/337548/officials-look-at-a-new-option-for-houston-to-galveston-bus-service/ I image this will also be a $0.99 fare. The Houston location hasn't been decided yet. Galveston location will be 25th Street near the Cruise Terminals and The Strand.
Just read a write up of a mass transit idea some one in Boston came up with. It's an elevated train, but the track is much less physically imposing than typical (Chicago "L") style. The supports almost look like the decorative arches in Uptown. The guy's goal would be to replace all trains AND buses with this - basically any major road would have one of these lines over it. It could be partially funded by selling bus depots, transit centers, etc. He's quite vague on pricing though, and it is just a rough concept. Wired article: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/far-fetched-plan-for-mass-transit-is-intriguing-at-least/#slide-1 Design firm's website: http://jacob-innovations.com/cTrain.html
HAIF transit enthusiasts, I bring to you this morning the most awesome thing ever! I give you the TRAVIC - Transit Visualization Client! http://tracker.geops.ch/ You can pretty much go to most cities and countries and just watch the movement of transit in a very slick visualization format. If it sees very slow thats because its actually working on realtime. The best way to really visualize it though is to speed it up x15 or x30. What is jarring is when you compare a city like New York, London, Paris, etc.... with transit in Houston and just how different and quite frankly dead it is. Whats even cooler is that its not just a fancy visual. You can click on any of the moving dots and it will show you the stops on the line itself and where it is heading.