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4 hours ago, rechlin said:

 

LEDs are good but not that good.  With equal brightness on lights that you'd typically see for lighting (the equivalent of 15 to 150 watt incandescent bulbs), you normally see about 1/6 to 1/7 the electricity usage for LEDs.  Not "almost nothing", but still a large savings.  That's because incandescent bulbs are typically around 15 lumens per watt, whereas LEDs are typically closer to 100 lumens per watt.

 

Now, I realize you are talking about lower wattage decorative lights, which can be a bit more efficient in LED form, but in my experience, bulbs like the 0.1 watt C9 ones you linked are quite a bit dimmer than the 7 watt incandescent C9s when you get the wattage that low.  C9 LED bulbs of brightness comparable to that of 7 watt incandescents still use over half a watt and sometimes closer to a watt, which is again approaching 1/7 (but perhaps a bit better) of what incandescents use.

 

I just assumed that the C9s were equal, so if there is that much of a difference, then that would be understandable. 

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From that article:

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I wonder how wheelchairs and bikes will work on this bus - will it be like a local bus where there's outside bike racks and a wheelchair is a huge deal?  Or will it be roll-on, roll-off like the light rail trains?

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22 minutes ago, cspwal said:

From that article:

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I wonder how wheelchairs and bikes will work on this bus - will it be like a local bus where there's outside bike racks and a wheelchair is a huge deal?  Or will it be roll-on, roll-off like the light rail trains?

 

Pretty sure it will be roll-on/roll-off, just like light rail. 

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On 12/3/2019 at 10:48 AM, Luminare said:

 

The one thing that was kind of annoying see those trees at night is that the lights fade in and out. I don't know if that was them testing the trees? It did look really nice when they weren't flashing on and off though.

 

that must have been the testing or a glitch because since thanksgiving and still last night all the ones i see are doing a whole light show...maybe 10 to 20 total designs/patterns/light dances so it does fade in and out to patterns and colors and in most cases flashes... but i love it (especially the moment when the tree looks green with ornaments in an abstract way...think more disney light show than lights flashing) (and this is coming from someone that doesn't usually like those usual rotating color lit displays as seen in tacky pools and hot tubs ;) 

 

OH and one tip...when you drive down Post Oak Blvd be sure to have your radio on 99.1 for continuous Christmas music or your favorite Christmas music playing...it adds alot 🎅🌲‼️

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Is that the transit center?  Is it going to have parking? Or interior waiting areas?

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7 hours ago, cspwal said:

Is that the transit center?  Is it going to have parking? Or interior waiting areas?

 

That's the transit center on Westpark. I've heard the upper floors are parking but I'm not sure if that's accurate.  

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They didn't paint them like that because unified liveries are not Metro's style apparently

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On 12/13/2019 at 9:01 AM, cspwal said:

Is that the transit center?  Is it going to have parking? Or interior waiting areas?

 

On 12/13/2019 at 4:13 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

That's the transit center on Westpark. I've heard the upper floors are parking but I'm not sure if that's accurate.  

 

1st floor is  for buses (BRT and buses coming from and going to Westpark).  Third floor is for buses coming from and going to Southwest Freeway.

 

Second floor is park and ride parking.

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It's smart to have parking right above the transit center.  Large open parking lots are wastes of space and potentially require so much walking from the edges to the bus or train platform that it dissuades people from using transit.

 

How similar is the Gold Line BRT route to the defunct University Line rail line?

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Does anyone know when the big circular street signs hanging in the middle of the major intersections along Post Oak will make their reappearance? Or are they not coming back?

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Haven't seen in mentioned, but they've pushed testing back until at least July I believe. Who knows when it'll open :(

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They might have pushed the timeline so that they can test the whole route (including going to the transit center) at once, and then open after that, since they won't see good ridership anytime soon.

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2 hours ago, cspwal said:

They might have pushed the timeline so that they can test the whole route (including going to the transit center) at once, and then open after that, since they won't see good ridership anytime soon.

 

Not sure which Transit Center you are referring to.  Hopefully they are not waiting for the entire route to be done, since the portion from Richmond south to the new Uptown Transit Center is apparently not scheduled to be done until 2022.

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I saw this article today:

https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/transportation/2020/05/13/metro-begins-test-runs-for-rapid-transit-service-through-uptown-district/

saying testing began a couple of weeks ago but revenue/rides wont begin until August.

i even got a notice a couple of weeks ago from my condo mgmt company (located on mccue 3 buildings north of westheimer) saying to make sure we stay off the median/bus pathways due to the testing...

currently there are tons of people daily now walking, jogging, biking and even skateboarding and rollerskating along post oak in that middle section of the road...they are in for a big shock when they see or don't see a bus coming their way...

(i am puzzled by so many using this area anyway seeing that we have large sidewalks on each side of Post Oak Blvd now but whatever...)

 

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On 5/12/2020 at 3:05 PM, Houston19514 said:

 

Not sure which Transit Center you are referring to.  Hopefully they are not waiting for the entire route to be done, since the portion from Richmond south to the new Uptown Transit Center is apparently not scheduled to be done until 2022.

I was talking about the Uptown transit center; didn't realize it wasn't going to be done until 2022

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Went out to eat (for the first time in what feels like forever) in Uptown at True Food Kitchen, got to see the Boulevard. I have to admit, it's turning out really well, love how sharp everything looks, it will be exciting to see them testing the BRT line in the next couple months.

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3 hours ago, CaptainJilliams said:

Went out to eat (for the first time in what feels like forever) in Uptown at True Food Kitchen, got to see the Boulevard. I have to admit, it's turning out really well, love how sharp everything looks, it will be exciting to see them testing the BRT line in the next couple months.

 

Drove down Post Oak this morning and it really looked great. Saw about  a dozen different cyclists utilizing the BRT lane as a bike lane, too. 

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On 5/13/2020 at 11:27 AM, gene said:

I saw this article today:

https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/transportation/2020/05/13/metro-begins-test-runs-for-rapid-transit-service-through-uptown-district/

saying testing began a couple of weeks ago but revenue/rides wont begin until August.

i even got a notice a couple of weeks ago from my condo mgmt company (located on mccue 3 buildings north of westheimer) saying to make sure we stay off the median/bus pathways due to the testing...

currently there are tons of people daily now walking, jogging, biking and even skateboarding and rollerskating along post oak in that middle section of the road...they are in for a big shock when they see or don't see a bus coming their way...

(i am puzzled by so many using this area anyway seeing that we have large sidewalks on each side of Post Oak Blvd now but whatever...)

 

I didn't know how to link you to my comment Gene, so I thought I'd use your recent comment to tag you. I took a drive down to Post Oak today and I was so impressed with the level of walkability in this area that it honestly blew me away. NOW for a bit of discouraging news. So I decided to also take a trip down Richmond. I was surprised for the most part that a good amount of the road had been repaved and nice wider sidewalks were installed for a few blocks. And as I traveled further down I noticed the city diverted from fully repaved sidewalks to patching existing ones which was a bit discouraging because it ended at Chimney Rock. Some south to north streets still had no sidewalks as well and it doesn't help when property owners keep their sidewalks under-maintained or when certain areas are sinking and filled with dirt. It's been 7 years since I ventured out along this side of Richmond, and to see not much really change had be wondering when the city was going to prioritize pedestrians in this part of town. This entire area isn't far from Post Oak. What's strange is that the areas around Westheimer this far west are much better in terms of pedestrian infrastructure. Gene, since you live in the area, do you know of any further improvements for the area. I tried checking Rebuild Houston and they didn't have the Richmond repairs on their map?

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12 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I didn't know how to link you to my comment Gene, so I thought I'd use your recent comment to tag you. I took a drive down to Post Oak today and I was so impressed with the level of walkability in this area that it honestly blew me away. NOW for a bit of discouraging news. So I decided to also take a trip down Richmond. I was surprised for the most part that a good amount of the road had been repaved and nice wider sidewalks were installed for a few blocks. And as I traveled further down I noticed the city diverted from fully repaved sidewalks to patching existing ones which was a bit discouraging because it ended at Chimney Rock. Some south to north streets still had no sidewalks as well and it doesn't help when property owners keep their sidewalks under-maintained or when certain areas are sinking and filled with dirt. It's been 7 years since I ventured out along this side of Richmond, and to see not much really change had be wondering when the city was going to prioritize pedestrians in this part of town. This entire area isn't far from Post Oak. What's strange is that the areas around Westheimer this far west are much better in terms of pedestrian infrastructure. Gene, since you live in the area, do you know of any further improvements for the area. I tried checking Rebuild Houston and they didn't have the Richmond repairs on their map?

 

 

Hi! Man i miss the days of the Uptown area of Richmond being a cool place to hang! I think I read at one point that some new restaurant/bars were going to be building/opening along Richmond so maybe as revitalization happens more westward they will continue the road work that direction...

The only info i could find talks about what is now completed i believe:

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Houston-roadwork-on-Richmond-Avenue-wrapping-up-14843306.php

 

and yes, I love Post Oak Blvd and bike it every day! 

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Posted (edited)

Just rode by on my bike and construction foreman said Willie G’s Post Oak Blvd will be a Salt Grass Steakhouse opening very soon! 

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Posted (edited)

Hope they aren't headed to Post Oak Blvd...if so, i just saw lots of people that are about to be mowed down....

i still don't get it...why aren't all these crazy people using the awesome new sidewalks instead of the middle bus lanes!?

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7 hours ago, gene said:

Hope they aren't headed to Post Oak Blvd...if so, i just saw lots of people that are about to be mowed down....

i still don't get it...why aren't all these crazy people using the awesome new sidewalks instead of the middle bus lanes!?

Oh they’ll get it soon enough. When a bus comes flying down at 30mph straight at their head. 

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Opening might be Aug. 13, but we'll have to wait for further information according to this tweet from Houston Chronicle Transportation writer. 

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