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Downtown Circulator Set to Start in May

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I received this news in the email I receive every quarter regarding downtown real-estate.

Downtown Circulator Set to Start in May

Free and convenient transportation is returning to downtown with a new bus service, GREENLINK, set to hit the streets in May 2012. Through a partnership between the Houston Downtown Management District, BG Group and Houston First Corporation, the downtown community can look forward to utilizing the environmentally friendly (CNG) buses to get them to popular downtown locations quickly. Seven buses will operate Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., approximately 7-10 minutes apart during peak hours. The route will span 2.5 miles with approximately 20 stops and will connect major office buildings along Smith and Louisiana streets to Metro transit, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Popular downtown destinations along the route include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Main Street Square, Discovery Green, Macy’s, Houston Pavilions, City Hall and the Central Library. Here's KUHF coverage.

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I just saw a trolley shuttle. It was like the ones from the 80s-90s, not a green link.

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I just saw a trolley shuttle. It was like the ones from the 80s-90s, not a green link.

Haha, I wonder if they are new ones or the actual ones they used in the 90's.

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Based on the tweet from the DMD; it's supposed to cover the court house, historic, and performing arts districts while intersecting with the northern leg of the GreenLink at Main (& Walker).

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http://downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/greenlink-goes-purple/

 

False Alarm.

 

07.25.13 at 10:40 a.m.
Lauren Covington 
Greenlink Goes Purple
 

Greenlink goes pruple with a special test route from July 27 through July 31 for the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Conference taking place at George R. Brown. The new route, the Purple Route, connects the Convention Center and Discovery Green to other popular areas in Downtown such as Minute Maid Park, the Historic DistrictTheater District, Main Street Square and GreenStreet.

The Purple Route will run Saturday and Sunday (July 27-28) from 7:30 am to 11 pm and Monday through Wednesday (July 29-31) from 6 pm to 11 pm, will run again for the American Legion Conference in August.

 

 

 

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GreenLink used to have a stop at the corner of Main and Capitol. This location made sense, and was convenient to people, and did not interfere with traffic.
Naturally, a few months ago METRO removed this stop (although, according to their app, it still exists).
There are no signs directing pedestrians to the closest stop, which is now four blocks further (Capitol and Austin). Going west, the next one is at Louisiana and Rusk. 
That's eight blocks without a stop. That's a long way for a route that's supposed to provide convenient service downtown.
I asked the driver why the stop had been removed. "The sign guy", was his enigmatic reply.
Excuse me...who's the sign guy?
"Someone who sits behind a desk and makes these decisions."

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