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Old 02-29-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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I am familiar with the construction of the three additional lines and the plans for an uptown/ university line, but are there any long-term plans to expand to other parts of the city? Not just to make commuter rail to the suburbs, but to expand inside the loop...

What about a Washington Avenue line to connect the new developments and nightlife together from Memorial Park to downtown and midtown? A Kirby line connecting Rice University / the Village to Upper Kirby? What other inner loop lines would be beneficial to the city?
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:54 AM
 
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I don't know about more inner loop lines, but connecting the airports to the current rail plan should be a priority.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:26 AM
 
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I don't know about more inner loop lines, but connecting the airports to the current rail plan should be a priority.
The question is ..... why something as obvious as that hasn't already been done?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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there's a line that you can see being built right now on Harrisburg Blvd going East from Minute Maid stadium and the new Dynamo stadium.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: East End/Eastwood, Houston, TX
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There was plans to put a streetcar line down Washington Avenue. Being that it's been a few years, I don't know if this is still the plan.

http://www.sn22.org/download/SN22_Tr...res_042710.pdf

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Old 03-01-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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The question is ..... why something as obvious as that hasn't already been done?
If it's that obvious (and it is), it has probably been considered and ruled out short-term for a reason, whether political (taxi lobby) or economic (the cost of an extension that long versus the ridership). There is probably a funding component that complicates it more (i.e., it may be hard-to-impossible to get federal funding to pay for an airport line, but they can get smaller lines that will eventually run out to the airports).
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The current light rail line as is should not go to IAH. It would take forever to get there. Hobby yes. IAH, hope for a commuter bus or heavy rail in the far future.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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It would make a lot of sense to get something down Washington avenue but you know Houston is so backward when it comes to things that make sense. I'd also like to see something going down memorial dr because that's probably the most scenic drive in Houston but theres not a lot of businesses to support it.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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I don't agree HOUSTON spending money to build rail out to surrounding cities (suburbs). We need to get Houston dense, connected, and feeling like a real urban center.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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The current light rail line as is should not go to IAH. It would take forever to get there. Hobby yes. IAH, hope for a commuter bus or heavy rail in the far future.
Why would it "take forever"?
do you know how fast that light rail is going to move?
you know that all lightrails don't move at the same speed?
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