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Metro Light Rail Southeast (Purple) Line - Latest news on construction

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Here is the latest.   It should be live in about 30 minutes or so, okay...maybe an hour......  Currently working on the East Line video.

 

 

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I was by uh recenty that station looks nice

 

Yep.  Around UH it looks (to the untrained eye) ready to go.  Stations are in, concrete and track laid, wires up.

 

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Thanks for the video, ricco.  There's a lot of choppiness and pixels in the video for me, is that something wrong on my end? 

 

EDIT: looks fine now, nevermind. 

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wow. This video sucks.

 

That's what I get for turning off the steadycam option. 

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Haha it's a little shaky but the effort is much appreciated ricco! 

 

 

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I also really appreciate your real-time videos, ricco. I notice you are really good at timing the traffic lights too. Some people dash from one red light to the next abusing their cars more than necessary. Maybe they should take the train.  :)

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Haha it's a little shaky but the effort is much appreciated ricco! 

 

 

Well the actual video is no where near as shakey and it's driving me a bit crazy.  Last time I used the camera, I used it to try some time lapse which required me to turn off the steadycam option. I prepared for a LITTLE shakiness, but wow!

 

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Thanks for the videos.  I'm a little confused the East Line Downtown goes westbound on Capitol and Purple Line goes eastbound on Rusk?  So from Downtown if you want to take the East Line you take the Purple Line and transfer at the BBVA Stadium?  The bad thing is cars will share the track that is not good! 

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Both Green and Purple go east on Rusk and west on Capitol through downtown, and then take their separate ways at BBVA.  

 

There will be green or purple squares on the car end destination board, just as there is a red square displayed on those currently running.  The destination signs will also state where they are going - that's why such signs exist.

 

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It's not rocket science.  

 

Shared tracking exists on other systems, and people seem to deal with it just fine.  Likewise, there's a mix of cars and light rail in the Medical Center here:

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and in other cities throughout the world without the outbreak of utter mayhem.

 

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Thanks for the videos.  I'm a little confused the East Line Downtown goes westbound on Capitol and Purple Line goes eastbound on Rusk?  So from Downtown if you want to take the East Line you take the Purple Line and transfer at the BBVA Stadium?  The bad thing is cars will share the track that is not good! 

 

They'll both use the same track downtown, I imagine it will be noted at the station whether it's purple or green train that is coming to the station. kind of like when a bus stop shares with other buses. the signage says the bus numbers that will stop there, and the bus number is prominent on the bus. In places where they have sophisticated systems announcing the rail, they will have LED boards that show the next N number of trains to arrive at that station/stop, which line they belong to, and approximately how long before they arrive. As soon as a train comes/goes that one bumps off the list and the list gets updated.

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It looks like it will be a white stripe downtown, not even armadillos like in other places - which makes sense, what with turning traffic, parking garage entrances/exits, etc.  

 

Other cities manage it without massive carnage; shoot, once upon a time, so did we...

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Other cities manage it without massive carnage; shoot, once upon a time, so did we...

 

But people drive nutty in Houston these days. Like they own the road and everyone else is in their way.

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But people drive nutty in Houston these days. Like they own the road and everyone else is in their way.

 

It's not a 'these days' kind of thing, people have been driving like they own the roads in Houston since the city was founded over 200 years ago.

 

To be fair though, I mean, technically we all own the road, so why not drive like you own it?

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Houstonians have most likely been "out there" drivers for as long as there have been cars.  Before we had various Merges of Death, we had things like this: 

 

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Sorry about that, didn't realize my error until it was too late. It's currently processing, so it should be available in the next hour or so.  If the mods can delete my previous post, I'd appreciate it.

 

http://youtu.be/TpUxCXUD5Ls

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Okay, actually had the time to make sure the vid was processed. 

 

NOW it should be done.......again, if the mods can delete the previous two screw ups, I'd appreciate it.  Really, it works this time.

 

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