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Old 07-23-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Don't try to translate your Atlanta experience to Houston. 1st, understand that Harris County is as big as Dekalb, Fulton, Cobb, Clayton and Gwinnet put together. Local bus service has been tried in some of the far out suburbs and nobody rides it. Houston is not obsessed with race the way Atlanta is. Its much more integrated. And the city and suburbs get along VASTLY better than in Atlanta. They get along vastly better than Dallas for that matter. A big part of it is simply that the city of Houston is so much bigger a part of the metro area.

Even San Francisco didn't have rail to its airport until about 15 years ago. Dallas has 72 miles of rail and doesn't have DFW connected yet. Atlanta is unusual in getting the feds to build MARTA heavy rail in the 60s.

Houston had a plan in 1982 and wisely turned it down. They had another plan in 1989 and approved it, but Bob Lanier wisely killed it when they studied and it didn't make sense. I did vote for both of those plans, but in retrospect it was good they failed-for various reasons. They've now got a plan that mostly makes sense and it fits a city that in many ways is quite different from 1982. Not sure if it will be fast enough on the University and Post Oak lines, but it will be a while before those get built.
1. During my time in Atlanta I was highly frustrated and annoyed with the city-suburb fighting. I see a little less of it here, but I am not encouraged by the fight over the general mobility funding. The compromise being proposed by Mayor Parker is excellent and the suburbs would do well to stop whining and get on board.

2. Even the "liberal" and "progressive" Bay Area has its share of city-suburban infighting (the suburbs tend to be more conservative) which is one reason why BART took so long to expand. I am originally from Oakland, and as a kid I was frustrated BART at that time didn't serve SFO. Made no sense.

3. Phoenix, which is also a different city today than it was in 1982, had a couple of failed votes on mass transit before the current light rail was approved. Sometimes it takes demographic change to get things done to benefit the entire area, sadly.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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What's the MAIN difference between light rail and heavy rail?
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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What's the MAIN difference between light rail and heavy rail?
Light rail doesn't hold as many people and travels slower.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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METRORail East Line construction - YouTube
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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Houston Metro Rail North line Construction as of 1/1/2012 - YouTube

North Line Construction - YouTube
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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I know y'all don't like answering my questions, but I've read that Houston is considering a commuter rail. Any updates on the commuter rail?

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Old 07-23-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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South East Line construction as of 1/1/2012 - YouTube
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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UH, Metro come to terms on rail line route - Houston Chronicle
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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If you lived in the dense party of the city where these lines are suggested to go, and ask most anyone they will say they don't want it. Foot traffic is a joke, anyone that says foot traffic increase will help your business doesn't own a business or owns a kiosk in some mall. This isn't NYC this is Houston. Any 'government program to help your business' during a time of another government funded program that hurts your business doesn't work and when you consider the ultimate goal it's ridiculous to even chance. You liberals have the fantasy that this will make Houston cool. HOUSTON ITS NOT WORTH IT. This town is doing just fine with the Metro the way it is.

The politicians and city leaders that are behind this must have some financial reason. Follow the money and that will show you where the push is coming from. I can't wait to read about the audit the Culberson bill forces. It is going to make Council Member Steve Costello's scheme to subsidize Metro with a new drainage tax look like a good idea.
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