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  1. Since the Pierce Elevated thread is getting so long that this might not be noticed, and because this is important for us to do, I've decided to start a new thread for just the NHHIP Interactive Map which can found below in the link: http://mycity.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=15e9cd4512944ddb9b8f6b23fa9a68c6 If the link doesn't work then go to this link for the entire NHHIP (the link to the map on the website is a few scrolls down): http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nhhip/index.html Just click the box that says "Let's Comment" then click ok. Once there you will be dropped into the interactive map. Its actually a very comprehensive map. It will initially show just the areas effected, but to the right you will see layers which turn on the schematic drawings. On the left is a window with a template to write your comment. You just click on it and it will ask you to drop it on the map. After that it will ask for more specifics. They even ask for what kind of comment it is. At the bottom of the prompt to select various things is the section "extra comment". This is where you write your actual comment. It has to be brief though as it limits the number of characters. I believe you only get one comment (not sure about that, but its fair to have a limit of one...you know chaos and all that). I've already left a comment. My comment is about the Spur at 59. I've always thought it was awkward that the Spur wasn't part of the original scope. If they are going to focus more on communities with these comments then its worth while to reconsider adding the spur to the scope and submerge it to restitch Montrose and Midtown back together. Its a "once in a lifetime project", right? I encourage my fellow HAIF'ers to leave a comment as well. If this is an opportunity to make your voice heard than you should do so. This is a community that has been discussing this project at length, with ideas and opinions, for years now! Now it seems you will have the ability to act on those ideas and opinions. Of course, keep it civil and sensible. I read one comment about keeping the Pierce as a highway which defeats the purpose of the project which says the person making that comment doesn't understand the purpose of the project. @Urbannizer @Triton is it possible to make this a sticky post? Would appreciate it. Comment away!
  2. 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.
  3. The goal of this thread is collect and house everyone's recommendations, tweaks, alternations, alternatives, etc... that they would like to see to Metro Next. The current draft which was exhibited this past summer is below: http://ridemetro.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1651 Metro's call for further input on the draft prior to an upcoming referendum in 2019: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/11/23/312741/metro-moves-to-the-next-phase-in-developing-a-regional-transit-plan/ Whether planned or in response to the recent political shift (or both). The winds are changing and with that is a chance to broaden and enrich Metro's vision for their overall goals (2040 vision) and what could be achievable in the upcoming referendum (2019 referendum vision). I'm curious what the community here thinks is possible. This is without thinking about budgets or costs since we don't know what that could be. Assume for right now you can get what you want (within logical reason of course). What are your ideas or proposals? Light rail? regional rail? BRT? Links to HSR? Connections to Airports? Do you have an idea for an entire system and how it would work or do you just have idea for a small portion? Is this for the upcoming referendum or for what you want in Houston by 2040? Its open forum. Lets try to not stomp on any ideas. Later, if this is a successful thread we can have a thread where we get more critical. I'm partly doing this to get more engagement on this forum, tbh, lately its felt a bit stagnant (with the disappearance of the reaction buttons, etc...).
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    A public event will be held to kick off World Space Week at AIA Houston on the evening of Thursday, Oct 4 as part of the AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier think tank taking place in Houston between Oct 4-5, 2018. Expanding Houston’s reputation as Space City, USA, Ellington Airport’s conversion into the Houston Spaceport will reiterate the city’s role as a front-runner in the space race of the 21st Century. As the most urban-centered commercial spaceport to date – Houston Spaceport is within a 15-minute drive of the central business district – this development will serve as a detonator in making Houston the most cosmically connected city in the world. Because of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015, the commercial sector is now driving the industry, with private investment in commercial space companies reaching a record $3.9 billion worldwide in 2017. The implications this has on the city, its economy, and its lifestyle has not gone unnoticed, with the spaceport earning both the Houston Business Journal’s Economic Deal of the Year Award and Overall Business Deal of the Year Award in 2016. AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to ask how commercial space operations and spaceports will promote economic generation and disrupt urban development impact in the 21st century. PANELISTS The panel discussion will be composed of leading designers and thinkers from the commercial space industry and the architecture community, including: Chris Culbert, Center Chief Technologist at NASA Johnson Space Center Ken Gidlow, Technical Advisor at FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation at Houston Airport System Roger Soto, Director of Design at HOK Marcus Martinez, Urban Design Committee at AIA Houston will Moderate DATE Thursday, Oct 4 Doors Open 6:00PM Program Begins 6:15PM Free & Open to the Public LOCATION AIA Houston @ HOK HOK Design Lab 3200 Southwest Fwy #900 Houston, TX 77027 First-Come Seating AERIAL FUTURES is a non-profit organization and cultural platform exploring innovation in the architecture of flight, technology, and the broader urban mobility ecosystem.
  5. Metro Rail Ridership is now at 60,600 a day. Who says rail doesn't work in Houston. I believe rail ridership can be over 100,000 thousand if the University line, Uptown line, and Inner Katy line was built, maybe even more than that. Plus I definitely see opportunity for smaller extensions of light rail for instance : North Shepherd to Heights, Oak Forest, and Garden Oaks. Market Street East to Denver Harbor and Jacinto City, Galena Park. Up Hirsch Street to Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens, Trinity Gardens. Inner Katy can extend into Spring Branch/Kempwood & Blalock. Extend down Scott Street to Sunnyside and South Acres. Southwest side from Hillcroft Transit Center to Westbury. Extend to Hobby Airport too. Mobility can work in Houston. We are going to have to do something because all of our freeways are congested and we can't keep expanding them. We need another option to get around the city and that is RAIL !
  6. Anyone else going to the Cypress meeting? Just wondering who else is going. I know a few have already expressed interest. Location: Cypress April 23, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tin Hall 14800 Tin Hall Road Cypress, TX 77429
  7. Thought this was an interesting data graphic that I found on Arch Daily today and thought it was worth posting/discussing. What do y'all think? http://www.archdaily.com/591259/how-americans-get-to-work/
  8. http://blog.chron.com/thehighwayman/2014/10/despite-complaints-houston-best-texas-city-for-transit-access/
  9. Got this press release from Metro the other day. Interesting. But I wonder what the numbers will look like when it's summer. More Riders Combining Bicycles and METROBuses for Their Transit Needs The number of people using bikes to extend their bus trips (or vice versa) increased more than 47 percent jumping from 12,111 bike bus boardings in January 2013 to 17,859 in January this year, That's according to METRO figures which do not account for bikes taken onto light-rail trains. At the METRO Downtown Transit Center you'll find a bustling bike-share station, and at bus stops and train stations bikes ready to be loaded onto bike racks. Cyclists converge on the downtown area on a recent Bike to Work Day. "We are preparing for and trying to cultivate, these folks as repeat customers. We're doing that with bike racks on buses and at bike stands at bus stops. We've installed racks on our new trains and are working with the city to provide better infrastructure with bike lid storage at Park&Ride lots and B-Cycle facilities at our Downtown Transit Center," says METRO's Interim President & CEO Tom Lambert. Riders cross the Jackie Freeman hike and bike bridge at METRO's Kingsland Park & Ride. "The upward trend is gratifying. It's good exercise, gets cars off the road, relieves congestion and certainly cuts emissions that impact our air quality. We work with bus drivers to be more aware of cyclist needs and the rights of the road," Lambert continued. In October of 2013 METRO recorded, for the first time ever, more than 22,000 bike boardings on buses. That was 44 percent more than the previous year. METRO has encouraged bike ridership through collaboration with area agencies - advancing what was a grant for a three-station bike share start-up program to the 29 stations and 227 bikes it has today. Houston B-Cycle has registered more than 55,650 checkouts since opening - which comes to about 1,200 per week since the program expanded in March 2013. One of the most popular bike rental stations is located at METRO headquarters at 1900 Main St. METRO is also working on a Transit-Bike Connection study as well as partnering with Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) on a Bike and Ride Access Implementation plan. Meanwhile Rice University engineering students turned to METRO to work on their first project — the design of a rack to transport three bicycles at a time via bus. Their METRO-based project won this year’s Texas Department of Transportation’s College Challenge. That team was one of three finalists asked to develop concepts to help Texas mobility, connectivity and transportation safety issues. Students were motivated by a recent H-GAC study anticipating growth. The three-rack solution is one of several by Houston Action Research Team (HART) undergrads.
  10. I've seen this in Paris and a couple of other European cities. I know Chicago and a few other American cities are starting pilot projects this year. Now Houston is going to try this out, too. Linky When I lived in Downtown, I would have loved this as an idea. But I think I would only have really used it if one of the stations was located near my home. I'm not sure three bicycle stations is enough to really make this work since downtown's residential population is pretty scattered, and most own cars as well. Hopefully one of the bicycle stations will be near a light rail station. The last time I was in Saint Louis, I got there by Amtrak, hopped onto the local light rail to the big park, grabbed a bicycle and spent the day exploring the city's museums. Then back to the trains and back home. A successful daytrip, and a great experience.
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