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I like the way these actually try to interact with the street grid more than a median style transit route; the shepherd transit center is a good idea, but it would mean losing that Saltgrass steakhouse.

 

The studemont stop will be close to Kroger - I didn't even realize that before.  Could be a nice way to do a grocery run for downtown residents, depending on how well the transit center connects to it

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4 hours ago, cspwal said:

I like the way these actually try to interact with the street grid more than a median style transit route; the shepherd transit center is a good idea, but it would mean losing that Saltgrass steakhouse.

 

The studemont stop will be close to Kroger - I didn't even realize that before.  Could be a nice way to do a grocery run for downtown residents, depending on how well the transit center connects to it

This area has the potential for serious walkability but it sucks when you have a car wash going in just a few blocks away. Not against the car wash but we need wider sidewalks along Studemont to provide good pedestrian  activity. 

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On 2/2/2021 at 2:52 PM, JJxvi said:

The complete impossibility of connecting these two lines with Memorial Park annoys me.

 

On 2/2/2021 at 3:20 PM, Texasota said:

It's not impossible at all; it's just not part of the plan. Assuming this gets built as presented, an obvious future step (to me at least) would be to add an infill station where I-10 crosses Westcott/Washington. That would serve as a western Cottage Grove/Rice Military Station, but it would also provide easy access to Memorial Park. Direct access to the Memorial Park Loop and sports fields specifically.

Good news!  Metro is in discussions with the City and Memorial Park Conservancy exploring the possibility of adding a station at Memorial Park for the Inner Katy BRT.

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On 4/5/2021 at 5:33 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

This area has the potential for serious walkability but it sucks when you have a car wash going in just a few blocks away. Not against the car wash but we need wider sidewalks along Studemont to provide good pedestrian  activity. 

I would think that having wider sidewalks is a function of the size of the city owned right of way rather than what businesses are along the street.  Typically, the city owns property wider than the street itself so it can build whatever it wants along it's right of way.  So the question is how far past the curbs does the city own?

1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Good news!  Metro is in discussions with the City and Memorial Park Conservancy exploring the possibility of adding a station at Memorial Park for the Inner Katy BRT.

Seems like given the festivals and events that take place at memorial park it would have been part of the original plan.

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On 2/26/2021 at 12:10 PM, pablog said:

I vote for Option D because the above are atrocious:

 

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So, the way I read your proposal is that we drop nuclear weapons on the westbound frontage and main lanes, build third world quality buildings on the managed lanes and have people living on the the eastbound main lanes since they're too afraid to live in a ramshackle midrise?

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On 4/27/2021 at 4:59 PM, august948 said:

Typically, the city owns property wider than the street itself so it can build whatever it wants along it's right of way.  So the question is how far past the curbs does the city own?

 

IIRC from dealing with HCFCD during the Ardmore St bridge project, the ROW extends 16 1/2 ft from the back edge of the curb.

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9 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

IIRC from dealing with HCFCD during the Ardmore St bridge project, the ROW extends 16 1/2 ft from the back edge of the curb.

Yes. It can vary, but according to the Public Works website, the city's right-of-way extends "approximately 16 feet from the back of the curb."

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Yesterday, there was a Capital & Strategic Committee Mtg and a big portion of it was on Inner-Katy. As of now, looks like staff will recommend 3 stations - Memorial Park, Shepherd/Durham, and Studemont. I think not having a fourth station at Yale/Heights will be a huge miss as Studemont will not really connect to the Heights. Again, these can possibly change as options still remain open, but seems like this is the stance METRO is taking with stations. 

Design should start after August 2022 and they mentioned a 2027 opening as well. 

Meeting will be linked below:

https://ridemetro.granicus.com/player/clip/2263?view_id=5&redirect=true

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I was actually gonna mention that! Looks like you beat me to the punch :)

Also, they mentioned the downtown segment- they’re pushing for the Franklin/Bagby station, they’ll be using the Capitol/Rusk alignment, and they’ll have a station at EaDo/St Emmanuel. 
 

I was still sort of unclear on how they’ll use the LRT infrastructure - are they gonna be literally driving on the tracks? Or is it another separate lane?

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I like the idea of a Memorial Park station.  Then I can get from downtown to the park without having to drive. 

The Shepherd might have potential, but I'd have to see a map of the proposed alignment.

I don't know that a fourth station is needed, but I certainly think Yale/Heights would be better than Studemont.   More access to commercial space and higher density housing.  Unless the idea is to spur such development in the Studemont area. 

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On 3/20/2022 at 11:54 AM, editor said:

I like the idea of a Memorial Park station.  Then I can get from downtown to the park without having to drive. 

The Shepherd might have potential, but I'd have to see a map of the proposed alignment.

I don't know that a fourth station is needed, but I certainly think Yale/Heights would be better than Studemont.   More access to commercial space and higher density housing.  Unless the idea is to spur such development in the Studemont area. 

studemont has the new metro boost thing so I think they are trying to spur more medium/high density development along it, but I agree, yale/heights would make more sense IMO

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2 hours ago, pokemonizepic said:

studemont has the new metro boost thing so I think they are trying to spur more medium/high density development along it, but I agree, yale/heights would make more sense IMO

Yeah but Studemont def needs more density. It looks terrible right now.

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On 5/17/2022 at 4:38 PM, BEES?! said:

Wow... That was a lot of unnecessary hunting and clicking to get to that document.  Reminds me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

“But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'”

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