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  1. Trains coming south from the Northline Transit Center (the planned terminus of the first extension) not be able to continue onto the existing Main St. line as currently planned and complete their trip at the Fannin South Park and Ride. People going between the north side and Medical Center will have to transfer trains. And, with a new technology, that means probably another expensive train barn and maintenance facility will have to be built, or major modifications will have to be made to the train barn at Fannin South, along with a connector line between it and the "new technology" lines. That just adds to the cost of extending the system.
  2. March 27, 2005, 10:12PM BUS STOP Medical Center transit center to get escalators Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Bus riders transferring to trains at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center will no longer have to walk up and down stairs to make the connection. ADVERTISEMENT The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Directors approved a contract Thursday with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction to install escalators at the transit center's skybridge, which connects bus loading areas with the rail station in the center of Fannin. Metro had planned to modify the skybridge in future years but said heavy ridership through the medical center justifies moving the escalator installation to this year. The $2.6 million project, 80 percent of which will be reimbursed by the federal government, is scheduled for completion in October. This contract also includes modifying the rail station to accommodate three-car trains. The Main Street line was built to handle only two-car trains because the short block lengths downtown will not accommodate anything longer. Bryan Pennington, Metro's vice president of planning, engineering and construction, said it makes sense to modify the rail platforms now rather than having to do another retrofit should three-car shuttle trains ever be considered. Metro bus passes available through online RideStore No more need to stand in line at the grocery store to buy your Metro bus pass. The transit authority has opened an online RideStore at www.ridemetro.org. Riders may purchase monthly and yearly passes plus Stored Value Cards. Payment is by Visa, MasterCard or Discover, and passes are mailed out within one business day. There is a $1 surcharge to cover shipping costs and processing. Monthly and yearly passes are valid on light rail trains, but customers who only ride the train should not buy them online because they must first be validated on a bus. Metro's new fare-payment system
  3. Any remodels or upgrades planned? I know this is very busy during Rodeo times. https://www.ridemetro.org/pages/TC-WestLoop.aspx
  4. https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/TC-FanninSouth.aspx Notice of Variance Request spotted today.
  5. METRO Considers Moving Transit Center From Bellaire to Gulfton http://realtynewsreport.com/2019/05/14/metro-considers-moving-transit-center-from-bellaire-to-gulfton/
  6. TxDOT maps for the 69/610 intersection rebuild project show dedicated bus lane flyovers connecting from Richmond to Westpark to get to the Uptown Transit Center. I think on the north end, the dedicated bus lanes will end/begin on North Post Oak Road, from where it is a short drive into the Northwest Transit Center.
  7. I actually drew out a preliminary light rail going NW, starting from the Northwest Transit Center (the terminus of the Uptown line) to Fairfield (that relatively new outlet mall area). Another line I drew out roughly followed the M-K-T and went through the Heights, but the area is extremely suburban and would upset the residents.
  8. Burnett Station site. So, I think something else is going on.
  9. So according to this page: link, a express bus service from downtown to iah will start in august. any more information about this? "Express bus service from Downtown Transit Center to Intercontinental Airport starts in August. Looking at this map, I hope that it will have a few stops added in 2012
  10. A : For the 402 Quickline, we will survey passengers periodically to gain their opinion of the service and will monitor ridership as a measure of success. This new route will also provide a faster trip to the Texas Medical Center complex, one of the fastest growing employment locations in the Houston region. The next component of Signature Service will be installed on Holcombe Blvd. and OST, again serving the Texas Medical Center from the Southeast Transit Center. Q : What is a reasonable time-frame we might expect to see additional Quickline service put in place? Within the next year? 2 years? 5 years? A : We expect to add Quickline service east of the Texas Medical Center to the Southeast Transit Center in early 2009 and from the Tidwell Transit Center to the Northline Transit Center in late 2009.
  11. University Corridor update: So far I have seen what everyone has seen. Just maps or renderings of where the line will connect to the EW Transit Center. As you know it will come from the U of H main campus or rather along Elgin. If your familiar with this area you know that historically the underpass going under the 45 frwy floods. It has had improvements but the rail will have to be elevated somewhat due to the area being an incline. It will be very interesting to see the construction in this area. http://metrosolutions.org/go/doc/1068/112145/
  12. Does anybody know why the US59 Southbound onramp that leads directly from Wheeler Station is still closed? This fast way to get on US59 southbound was open only a couple weeks nearly 5 months ago and hasn't been re-opened since. Right now, all the Metro buses have to go up to Richmond, and go under the Spur and then on to it's US59 soutbound on-ramp, but it would be MUCH easier and faster to get on directly from Wheeler Station. Any clues anyone? Kevin
  13. From the Magnolia Transit center it was supposed to go down 75th/Garland to Woodridge. That street is so full of traffic now removing lanes to support train tracks would just be a traffic nightmare for us drivers that use the intersection daily.
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