cspwal Posted February 21, 2020 Share Posted February 21, 2020 (edited) So I drew up the new routes as I think they could run them and color-coded them Downtown detail: It's kind of hard to tell, but I had the uptown line go all the way to the HSR terminal. The IAH BRT line is on larger scale than any of the others, but it also has the fewest stations. I know that the main stretch down 45 is dependent on the NHHIP design choices, but they could have at least a stop at the rental center (like the light rail will) or something else between Greenspoint and the airport. If there's good connections at Greenspoint TC and there's some added stops along 45, I think it will be fine, but otherwise it might as well just be an express bus. It also is shown as terminating at the Theater district - I would prefer if it terminated at Central station main, so that you could more easily transfer from the Red line. The red line extensions don't appear to be on the phase 1 plans. I wonder what the timeline for phase 1, phase 2, etc are. The University Line (blue) is unclear how it gets from Wheeler to UH - the map implies it goes straight through TSU, but I drew it as going around the campus. There's a lot of connections to park and rides, and it hits almost every other transit line. This is going to be a key line, and I could see the stretch from West Chase to Wheeler getting packed at rush hour every day. The eastern section of it goes over multiple rail yards. Possibly elevated? The purple line only has one extra station before it gets to HOU; maybe they want this to be the express way to HOU from downtown? If so, I wonder if they will have bypass rails at some of the stations on Telephone RD so that the purple line can go to HOU faster, while the green line is a local train. I also wonder how they are going to handle the mess of rails at Griggs/Long/Mykawa. The Inner Katy BRT (pink) looks like it's going to share lanes and platforms with the street going purple/green trains. It will really increase the frequency going across downtown east/west I'm amused by the name "Lower Uptown" for the new transit center. I didn't draw out the express bus network, but I wonder how Metro will advertise it - with the MetroRail/Rapid system, or with seperate maps? Edit: Here's a link to an interactive map, where you can zoom in on the lines and stops https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/MetroNext_Phase_1/MgAYuARyHE Edited February 21, 2020 by cspwal 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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