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  1. Instead of dredging up old topics, i thought i'd share these photos here...I found these while browsing through some older volumes of the Houston review: IAH sky taxi: the trailblazer (tested at arrowhead park): a downtown rendering: The Houston review of history and culture University of Houston. Center for Public History Published by the Houston Public Library Board, 1979-97
  2. I guess that could be considered a monorail. I have not had very good experiences on that thing.
  3. I know this has been discussed in a grouping of other Monorails in previous Threads but after reading them all there is still no resolution on this particular one. I remember the others but this one had a totally different design. Several posts were from those who visited the site as I did many times. Its a curiousity to me.
  4. The other end of the monorail, which never connected to the arrowhead park end, was on main, just west of fondred. I used to walk up the rail and play in the ruins of the car in about 1965. It was an interesting experience-smashed plexiglass windows and weeds growing in the ruins of something too futuristic for houston at the time
  5. I couldn't find any information about it. Here is the picture and caption from that monorail site: http://www.monorails.org/webpix/1956.jpg Now my question is what was "Arrowhead Park"? Was this an amusement park? I couldn't find it on a map of Houston from the mid-1950s.
  6. Hello everyone, this is my first post/topic on HAIF and hopefully you guys like it. I have been living in Houston for the past 8 years and one of the main things Houston has a problem with is lack of public transportation (rail) and traffic. For as long as I have lived here I always hoped they would build a "west/East" line in west Houston, which is where most people live. And I think it would help so much in easing heavy traffic on Wesheimer, Richmond, and San Felipe. In my opinion, I think the best and most effective transit line for west Houston would be a monorail, although it may costs much more than light rail, it's much easier to build, doesn't disturb vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and it will attract many people to ride it since it's elevated and will have nice views of Houston's skylines (Downtown, Medical Center, Greenway, Uptown, Westchase, and the energy corridor). I think the best first monorail in Houston should start from the south east line under construction located on Scott st. and Elgin st. intersection, going towards west Houston until it reaches "West Oaks Mall" Around 19.7 miles long. All the stations are elevated. The "Galleria station" and "West Oaks Mall Station" would have both a street and a bridge connection to the malls. The "Westchase I Station" is marked major because of the existing and future office/hotel development. Pros: - Help many students at UH, TSU, UST, and HCC. - Ease traffic on many streets/freeways. - Increase development on Westheimer. - Help the city in attracting more events and tourists. - Easy and super fast construction using columns and beams. Dig a hole, drop in column, connect with beams, all pre-made in factory. - Doesn't affect vehicle or pedestrian traffic like light rail does. - Environment friendly - Makes more profit than light rail. - No worries about accidents with cars or stopping for signals. - Very reliable Cons: -Very expensive, may cost from $10 million to $90 million per mile, the longer the cheaper. Here is the picture I made showing the line and stations: (Click to enlarge) Some Pictures I found online: How its going to look in Houston: What do you guys think of the "West Houston" Line???
  7. Yesterday my dad was talking about that he heard somewhere that there is a rumor about a possible monorail from McAllen to Brownsville. I was just thinking if it would be a good idea to have one or if the Rio Grande Valley is ready for such a thing. Then is the question of where to build this monorail and if this project will ever get the greenlight. Please write any comments or opinions about this. If I can I'll gather information about this.
  8. This guy always wanted his own monorail so he built one in his backyard! http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/NMT01.html
  9. This would be really cool. Elevating the rail would be a good idea. I know monorail is something diffrent, but this is a picture of monrail in Houston. I found it here: http://www.livablehouston.com/
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