Texas high-speed rail: public scoping meetings; possible routes
Posted 18 November 2015 - 04:53 AM
Posted 18 November 2015 - 02:32 PM
Well, and I suspect it is also plausible that there will be a "suburban" station and a "downtown" station (think Route 128 and South Station)...but I do agree that they probably want the city to at least help out on that front. Ah, negotiating stances...
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Posted 20 November 2015 - 01:54 PM
In Citylab, Eric Jaffe gives us the supposedly bad news that the proposed Dallas-Houston High Speed Rail (HSR) line won't go to "downtown" Houston. Instead it will end at Northwest Mall, just outside the I-610 loop in the northwest of the city.But most of the Houston transit-advocates I've talked with aren't sounding nearly as upset. That's because:
- the proposed terminal is close to the centroid of Houston as a whole. It's also very close to Uptown-Galleria, the region's second downtown, and to Northwest Transit Center, the busiest transit hub in the western 2/3 of the city.
- the terminal station area is massively redevelopable. You could easily build yet another downtown there, and if HSR is built, they probably will, and
- the project will provide great impetus for light rail or Bus Rapid Transit linking the station to the original downtown. These projects have been sketched many times and could include either I-10 nonstop links or a refurbishment of Washington Street, a promising old streetcar street linking the two nodes.
- in the US High Speed Rail, the cost of the last miles into an historic downtown can be a huge part of the cost and grief of the whole project. So if you want high-speed rail to happen at all, provoking this battle is not always a sensible part of Phase 1.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 04:05 PM
(a) Northwest currently has no rail link to downtown at all. If the planned Uptown light rail line is built, it'll still require taking *three* light rail lines to get downtown (Uptown/University/Red), and it'll be an indirect route.
(b) Couldn't they run elevated over I-10 or the UP line to get downtown?
© or even eastward in the I-610 median to meet the Red Line at Melbourne North Lindale station.
(d) At least consider extending the LRT up Washington Ave, Old Katy Road, and Post Oak Road to meet the HSR line.
None of these proposals are on anyone's official project lists
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Posted 04 December 2015 - 04:25 AM
A Japanese funding organization has announced that it will contribute some funding for this project. Here's a link to the article.
Small change in view of the overall price tag of the project, but every bit counts.
Posted 05 December 2015 - 09:37 AM
I agree that it is a small amount now, bit the main activity is design engineering, completing the environmental sign-off, finalize the alighment and project details and lining up investors to contribute funds after receiving the environmental project approval. This now brings Texas HSR to over $100 million of contributions.
A similar Chinese organization contributed $100 million to the Press west Las Vegas HSR which should be enough for similar activities. They already have their environmental approval for the Victorville to Las Vegas segment, but they now have to get an environment approval for the just announced Victorville to Palmdale HSR segment.
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