BigFootsSocks Posted September 15, 2015 Share Posted September 15, 2015 According to my civil engineering father (worked in Houston for 35+ years), it's not so much the sea level issue, as it is the soil. I'm paraphrasing from a conversation I had years ago, so I'm not exactly sure if I get it all right, but it has something to do with the heavy clay/sand soil that makes it a bit more difficult (read: costly) to create a subway system so close to the Gulf in our swampy city. Sea level does have a part in why it's not as easy to build a subway here; it rains a crazy amount of days per year here; somewhere around 150 a year. All of that water obviously has to be drained to the gulf someway. If a subway system were to be built, it would need a costly and insanely designed drainage system that is capable of pumping out millions of gallons of water for a 100+mile subway system (assuming full build out). It honestly comes just comes down to cost. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.