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March 31 is the cutoff.

 

Thanks for posting by the way.

 

Apparently, the option you select on that page just creates a form letter, so if you select the wrong one, you just edit it to say what you want. For instance, I selected "I live near Richmond and support it" and change it from "I live near Richmond..." to "I live near the Eastwood Transit Center (the eastern terminus of the proposed University Line)..."

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It's kind of hard to accomplish great things when you are constantly under attack.

What if METRO hadn't been losing a quarter of its funding over all these years?

What if Lanier had not gone against the will of the voters and used rail money to expand park and rides and concrete pours to appease his wealthy builder/developer/engineering buddies?

What if federal matching funds hadn't been denied to the region?

METRO is a mess, but this shouldn't come as a surprise. It's hard to be anything but when its been surrounded by Lanier, Culberson, DeLay, and (insert the name of any of the long line of idiotic Harris County Commissioners here).

 

Not to mention all the people who have been programmed by talk radio to march around angrily repeating the same cliches over and over about "boondoggles" and "albatrosses" and "toy trains," etc., as though they would ever be satisfied by any transportation plan that wasn't 100% expanded roadway.

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Sources tell me that there are going to be some big steps forward with the University Line coming soon.  The current plan is to build it out to Greenway plaza (right to the line where it crosses John Culberson's Congressional district), and then watch Houstonians get mad until he caves.  Construction planned for 2014. 

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Sources tell me that there are going to be some big steps forward with the University Line coming soon.  The current plan is to build it out to Greenway plaza (right to the line where it crosses John Culberson's Congressional district), and then watch Houstonians get mad until he caves.  Construction planned for 2014. 

 

That'd be hilarious.

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Culberson's district goes to Shepherd. It would miss Greenway Plaza by a pretty good distance. Not to mention that tormenting Congressmen is not a very effective way of getting rail projects funded. This sounds like drunken wishful thinking.

 

If you think there's a way to get Culberson to support rail, I am all ears. He and Delay were the anti-rail tag team for years. It's purely ideological for Culberson.

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He is not God and he doesn't own his district. Over a decade of not building certainly hasn't changed his behavior at all. He's vehemently anti-rail regardless of whether construction starts or not, but it's not just his decision to make. Federal funding was issued despite his opposition and can be issued again.

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He is not God and he doesn't own his district. Over a decade of not building certainly hasn't changed his behavior at all. He's vehemently anti-rail regardless of whether construction starts or not, but it's not just his decision to make. Federal funding was issued despite his opposition and can be issued again.

 

Politically, I'd say he does "own" his district, especially since he does not need very many votes from inside the Loop to win, given the level of his support in the northern and western portions of his district.

 

I spoke with his Hou office chief of staff last week about the questionaire.

 

Her response was that Culberson wants some updated info from Richmond Ave only (not any other part of the line in his district that also affects his constituents) to share with Ted Cruz, Ted Poe, Steve Stockman.

 

She specifically mentioned those names.

 

Draw your own conclusion.

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Politically, I'd say he does "own" his district, especially since he does not need very many votes from inside the Loop to win, given the level of his support in the northern and western portions of his district.

 

I don't care if he goes on serving his district. That will happen regardless. Meanwhile, I would like to see our local officials proceed with building the rail. Being Congressman for a district doesn't give a person the right to build a moat around the district that no rail can cross. Those decisions are made by local officials, and funded by local money and state and federal allocations. He is one member of a Congress of 535.

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Sadly, I am in his district. Man, gerrymandering in this town is insane. 

 

I hope the University Line happens. It is CRUCIAL to the entire system to have an East-West line. However, my contacts at UH have indicated that METRO is no longer talking about taking land for the U-Line...

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Sadly, I am in his district. Man, gerrymandering in this town is insane. 

 

I hope the University Line happens. It is CRUCIAL to the entire system to have an East-West line. However, my contacts at UH have indicated that METRO is no longer talking about taking land for the U-Line...

 

 

me too. I'm 1 measly block from not being in his district! US59 separates us like a wide river from his base of support running from Afton Oaks to the northwest suburbs. we have different interests on our side in common with our own adjacent neighborhoods. gerrymander r us.

 

even worse, I'm that same measly block away from freedom from Dan Patrick.

 

and of course our state rep is West U lawyer Sarah Davis, who appears to be about 14 years old and cannot seem to decide in the legislation she offers or supports whether she's a Christian rightwing scold or a feminazi.

 

 

 

otherwise, it's a great neighborhood :D

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Sources tell me that there are going to be some big steps forward with the University Line coming soon.  The current plan is to build it out to Greenway plaza (right to the line where it crosses John Culberson's Congressional district), and then watch Houstonians get mad until he caves.  Construction planned for 2014. 

 

I heard something very similar. "METRO is going to do what it wants to do."

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Not stirring the pot, but how the hell does the Univ Line end at Shepherd & Richmond w/o METRO having to condemn a lot more property than planned for that site, and why would METRO want to do that? 

 

I'm pretty sure that "totheskies" was being sarcastic.  I highly doubt that any work on the University Line is planned anytime soon. 

 

And I don't think the scenario proposed here is realistic IMO.

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Not stirring the pot, but how the hell does the Univ Line end at Shepherd & Richmond w/o METRO having to condemn a lot more property than planned for that site, and why would METRO want to do that? 

 

Shepherd Square Plaza becomes our Grand Central Station? :)

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Sources tell me that there are going to be some big steps forward with the University Line coming soon.  The current plan is to build it out to Greenway plaza (right to the line where it crosses John Culberson's Congressional district), and then watch Houstonians get mad until he caves.  Construction planned for 2014. 

 

You had my hopes up with this post, but your attempt at sarcasm sucks when you're making it sound like this could be real.

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The source is pretty credible... though she's not on the METRO board, she has a lot of sway with them.  The other thing said was that the Uptown line would be converted to BRT. 

 

The BRT sounds believable since I believe there was news about uptown starting that up by itself without METRO.

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METRO is petitioning to the City of Houston to designate Richmond between Main and Greenway Plaza as a "transit street" on its Major Thoroughfare Plan. This is useful for planning/engineering and interagency coordination purposes, but it's a far cry from any portion of the line actually being built anytime soon. Especially since building any portion of the line will cost money and federal grant agreements that METRO simply does not have right now.

 

The next thing that's going to be built (after the three lines currently under construction are completed) is the Uptown BRT, provided funding can be secured. Uptown District is actually driving this project; METRO has simply agreed to provide service.

 

The U-line, I'm afraid, is at least a decade away at this point.

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METRO is petitioning to the City of Houston to designate Richmond between Main and Greenway Plaza as a "transit street" on its Major Thoroughfare Plan. This is useful for planning/engineering and interagency coordination purposes, but it's a far cry from any portion of the line actually being built anytime soon.

 

 

Thanks for the clarification. That actually makes sense rather than any claim that a piece of the Univ Line will be built before all of it is funded. It makes so much sense it's hard to believe METRO thought to do it...

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METRO is petitioning to the City of Houston to designate Richmond between Main and Greenway Plaza as a "transit street" on its Major Thoroughfare Plan. This is useful for planning/engineering and interagency coordination purposes, but it's a far cry from any portion of the line actually being built anytime soon. Especially since building any portion of the line will cost money and federal grant agreements that METRO simply does not have right now.

 

The next thing that's going to be built (after the three lines currently under construction are completed) is the Uptown BRT, provided funding can be secured. Uptown District is actually driving this project; METRO has simply agreed to provide service.

 

The U-line, I'm afraid, is at least a decade away at this point.

 

I think METRO is simply hoping that somehow they will get federal funds for this line. Without that I see no construction on the horizon either.

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I know, I talk to Council Member Costello.  He said the city, county, and METRO are talking to build the line without the government.  Dallas DART has now 90 miles of lights rail.  The most in the country.  They have to lowest ridership in the country.  I try it from empty downtown Dallas to Plano and it took 1 hours and forty minutes.  We just need light rail within the loop, and then connect to commuter rail to the suburbs. Maybe Qanell X my have an option!  :lol:

       

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Why is this in "Planes?"

 

LRT - A?

 

I'm pretty sure there will have to be a serious rethinking of the entire University Line EIS if the Line is going completely airborne

 

On the other hand, the people bitching the loudest about the need for grade separation will be very pleased

 

I can't really envision the connections to the Red Line at Wheeler Station, but then I'm not an engineer

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I know, I talk to Council Member Costello. He said the city, county, and METRO are talking to build the line without the government. Dallas DART has now 90 miles of lights rail. The most in the country. They have to lowest ridership in the country. I try it from empty downtown Dallas to Plano and it took 1 hours and forty minutes. We just need light rail within the loop, and then connect to commuter rail to the suburbs. Maybe Qanell X my have an option! :lol:

I took dart to Richardson from downtown took about 25 minutes, but that's closer to Plano. Someone posted a rumor on here that metro would build university line to the edge of Culberson's district anyway.

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