JClark54 Posted March 3 Share Posted March 3 (edited) 10 hours ago, Triton said: Wow... wow... So we're willing to spend billions on highways by taking people's homes, demolishing massive multi-family complexes like Lofts at the Ballpark, and tearing down businesses but as soon as you mention rail, we can't do it guys! There's just no way! I'm telling you now, 40 years later, we'll be wishing we had made these investments now. The city is only growing denser by the month because people don't want to have to drive out an hour to their homes. And there comes a time where we can't have 30 lane highways coming into the city.... we will have needed to build commuter rail projects where suburban folk can park at a parking garage and hop on the train into the city. This is already done in other American cities and eventually we will have to do it here too. If the commuter rail entity plans to build its lines, I imagine the idea is more than plausible. If piggy-backing on existing rail infrastructure is the plan, I find it unlikely to gain traction for both legal and practical reasons. Legally, rail companies that control who uses their lines have recently shown reluctance to permit new players in the Houston complex. They are jointly suing to stop Canadian Pacific from gaining access to the complex through merging with KCS, which has trackage rights on the East Belt, West Belt, Galveston Sub, and Terminal Sub. They are also suing to block the expansion of Amtrak Sunset Limited service. In both suits, UP and BSNF claim they can't keep existing trains moving, so adding any more capacity would cause complex failure. Practically, using the one-time proposed Galveston County commuter line as an example, the congestion stated above would inhibit any sense of timely arrival. In that proposal, the UP Galveston subdivision was pitched as the route. It's ideal, connecting loosely to the Amtrak station and Galveston. Aside from a few double track sections, it's primarily single track. A train parked Wednesday on the Galveston Sub, from York to nearly Wayside, for 12 hours. All freight traffic in different areas of the subdivision also had to stop as a result. Assuming that line is used again, the commuter line would have to stop in those instances, too. Trains stopping in streets has grown incredibly in the last five years, and the railroads state they expect service demand to increase greatly in coming years. Without some change, stoppages will get worse. Any commuter rail would on them would be unreliable. Edited March 3 by JClark54 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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