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Old 12-31-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Houston
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That, southeast, and Uptown are the most important and will have the biggest impact on rail within the city. The east line just feels like such a waste.
How exactly is the East Line a waste? Have you ever driven down Harrisburg? The people in that part of town would actually use that line daily to get to and from work daily as well as use it to run daily errands. Put the line in a yuppie district and the only rider ship you will get is people using it to get to sporting events.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Why should they have held off on the east end line? The did studies and put rail where they would likely have ridership. The expansion of the Katy Freeway at one time included leaving space for a future rail line but I think that got killed.
I didn't mean it in a way to permanently shelve it. But I think it should have been the last line built in the proposals. Meaning the University line should have had a much higher priority. I know the problems Metro was going through with the anti rail folks. But that U line will probably see higher riderahip than the SE Line and East End lime combined.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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How exactly is the East Line a waste? Have you ever driven down Harrisburg? The people in that part of town would actually use that line daily to get to and from work daily as well as use it to run daily errands. Put the line in a yuppie district and the only rider ship you will get is people using it to get to sporting events.
Its significance to ridership will be less impactful compared to the other lines.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Its significance to ridership will be less impactful compared to the other lines.
What makes you think this? Have you driven down Harrisburg and noticed a lack of people in the area? I drive down Harrisburg at least once a week and the bus rider ship looks pretty heavy. It will be nice not getting stuck behind all those buses once the line opens. The people that live along Harrisburg are less likely to have cars of their own compared to those along the other proposed lines. I think the impact will be pretty big for those living in proximity to Harrisburg.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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What makes you think this? Have you driven down Harrisburg and noticed a lack of people in the area? I drive down Harrisburg at least once a week and the bus rider ship looks pretty heavy. It will be nice not getting stuck behind all those buses once the line opens. The people that live along Harrisburg are less likely to have cars of their own compared to those along the other proposed lines. I think the impact will be pretty big for those living in proximity to Harrisburg.
Yes I've driven down Harrisburg; many times actually. Nothing about the areas makes me thinks it would be a great spot for rail. I just think it shouldn't be top priority at the moment.
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I just want to know one thing...
when in the h... are we going to have a light rail to Galveston?
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Westbury
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as soon as the casinos come in
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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If the city officals were smart they would turn the HOV freeway lane into rail lines
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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A rail line to IAH and/or Hobby from downtown would be awesome. I've ridden the Metro bus a couple of times ($1 to $1.50 for the ride can't be beat) but found it took too long through the Greenspoint area (too many stops), didn't have anywhere to store luggage (which isn't a problem if the bus isn't crowded) and was less than convenient if flying something other than Continental.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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A rail line to IAH and/or Hobby from downtown would be awesome.
In my utopia imaginary World...
there would be a light rail going around downtown to the main spots and lines going to IAH and Hobby.

But that would make too much sense... so we can't do it.
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