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by northsouth
08 Dec 2018 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 56
Views: 10380

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

https://www.dart.org/about/board/boarda ... 1dec18.pdf

Nothing concrete, but there are plans about.
by northsouth
04 Dec 2018 06:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19179

Re: DART: Expansion

So my next question is - if there's no aerial construction, and they preserved land for the at-grade extensions, why the heck does this cost $5 million/station? Even with Cityplace and Mockingbird being somewhat more challenging from a construction ingress perspective, those were built even longer ...
by northsouth
03 Dec 2018 19:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19179

Re: DART: Expansion

The 4 elevated stations on the Red Line were all built to full length to begin with, since extending them after the fact would be much more difficult.
by northsouth
11 Sep 2018 19:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 34020

Re: DART D2 Subway

Are they doing cut and cover on Commerce Street? I would think that putting in tunnels in an area full of sky scrapers and an existing tunnel network (pedestrian) would require TBMs anyway. Yes, the section from Metro Center station to the CBD East station will be bored. This includes the stretch u...
by northsouth
04 Sep 2018 20:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 29473

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I assume the Cypress Waters station is still in the mix, right? Did they every confirm that the realignment of the tracks through Cypress Waters will be the final alternative? I know it's a bit of a stretch, but 'technically' that will be a 'Dallas' station and walkable (eventually), even if my pos...
by northsouth
01 Sep 2018 17:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Trinity Railway Express
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Trinity Railway Express

Because otherwise there would be a gap in service between the start of the year and whenever they got it finished because they wouldn't have authorization to operate without PTC fully operational. Plus, this covers any delays that may occur.
by northsouth
22 Aug 2018 21:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 34020

Re: DART D2 Subway

I recall reading in one of the D2 documents on the DART site that if the Orange line is rerouted off of the Red line and down the Green line to Lawnview, they would run extra rush hour Red line trains from Parker Road down to Cedars to use the pocket track south of the station. This would serve all ...
by northsouth
02 Aug 2018 19:03
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1947

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

A similar situation has more recently occurred over in Fort Worth with the Chisholm Trail Parkway/I-20/SH183 interchange. According to the thread over on the Fort Worth forum, most of the direct connectors were planned to be built later, so only two pairs have been built, but bases were built for an...
by northsouth
06 Jun 2018 02:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 2964

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Ooh, cool. I make a lot of maps like this (as well as long-gone streetcar systems), so of course I have a vision for the Dallas Streetcar network: https://drive.google.com/open?id=18R-rdlOC7m1YugH8hbkXHnsZacOMO8Y8&usp=sharing And as a companion map, one for Fort Worth: https://drive.google.com/o...
by northsouth
24 May 2018 22:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 7361

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I guess we have a little history going on right now... the excavation/redo of the previous Cesar Chavez northbound lanes is exposing something probably not seen in many decades. There are rails and wood crossties among the dirt and debris--very likely from when the Houston & Texas Central RR oc...
by northsouth
23 May 2018 18:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 34020

Re: DART D2 Subway

Why does this rendering show the DART tracks on southbound lane of Good-Latimer when the tracks are currently on the center of the road? I assume it's a mistake because I can't imagine they plan on moving the tracks. Looking at the technical drawings posted on the D2 page on DART's website, the Elm...
by northsouth
15 May 2018 11:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Streetcar
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Dallas Streetcar

Why do the streetcars keep breaking down? It's been a regular occurrence for there to be a rider alert that only one (or sometimes zero) streetcar is in service due to "a mechanical issue." You'd think that with four vehicles they'd never have this issue. I vaguely remember hearing that on...
by northsouth
23 Apr 2018 23:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 29473

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I'd be curious to know what stations were not built on the other DART lines that were included in the applicable EIS, and that were not discussed in such EIS as future or potential stations. To my knowledge, there are 6: -Carpenter Ranch: deferred at the last minute, now planned for construction fo...
by northsouth
09 Apr 2018 23:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 211
Views: 29739

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Which transit plan was this a part of? I've seen (actually I saved them off the old forum) maps for the much more complex downtown alignments for the 1983 DART plan, so is this for one of the more pared-down plans after the bond election failed? The buildings included on the maps seem to imply so, b...
by northsouth
31 Mar 2018 11:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 29473

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Presumably via the BNSF line from Irving to Carrollton. Would be quite out of the way though, not to mention having to deal with freight trains. I wonder why Carrollton is so opposed to the site that was proposed as the Cotton Belt yard facility.
by northsouth
12 Mar 2018 13:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19179

Re: DART: Expansion

We have a preliminary schedule for construction/opening of Carpenter Ranch Station
carpenter ranch schedule.png
by northsouth
14 Feb 2018 18:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19179

Re: DART: Expansion

The Cotton Belt Line belongs to Kansas City Southern - KCS.

DART owns the Cotton Belt from Fort Worth to Wylie. They let KCS use the tracks from Wylie to Richardson, at the cost of KCS doing maintenance on it.
by northsouth
11 Feb 2018 23:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19179

Re: DART: Expansion

At the rate it's taking TXDOT to get LBJ East figured out, it could be possible to integrate the LBJ line into the rebuild and cut out about 2 miles of tunnel. Of course then you're subject to the whims and delays TXDOT is known for. It happened with the Orange Line segment along SH 114 (why the fir...
by northsouth
26 Dec 2017 16:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 29473

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I agree that D3 should be a long way off in terms of planning, with bus system improvements, D2, the Cotton Belt, modern streetcar expansion, and Red/Blue line platform extensions ahead of it in priority. But for my two cents, I've planned out a D3 line along Wood, Young, and Canton to serve as a co...
by northsouth
16 Nov 2017 19:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16788

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

PCC from Toronto (Car 4614) Has it a name yet? From an old comment on the MATA Facebook page, " 612 will be named Margaret, after Margaret Crow, for Trammell Crow's gracious funding support in 612's rebuild." Seems likely to me that they'll transfer the name to 4614. So far they have only...
by northsouth
10 Nov 2017 17:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16788

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

I vaguely recall hearing it had some electrical component fail a few months ago, can't remember where or when though. I'm just glad they're back to having enough operable cars to run three in regular service, instead of just two like they did for a while.
by northsouth
06 Nov 2017 14:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 59
Views: 14385

Re: Dallas Trail System

The Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge finally opened last week, surprised no one has mentioned it yet.
by northsouth
25 Oct 2017 22:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16788

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

At the bottom of the most recent MATA newsletter ( link here ), there is a short bit about the partial restoration of DR&T 189. The wording is a bit unclear, but I believe they're saying that the front end of the car has been removed, cosmetically restored, and will be placed on display at a hot...
by northsouth
11 Sep 2017 21:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 14160

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

From what I've read about upcoming service changes, almost nobody has been using that bus loop, so it's being discontinued in March. As it stands, Jefferson just has a fundamentally different set of businesses compared to Davis/7th, being geared primarily towards lower income hispanic people instead...
by northsouth
29 Apr 2017 17:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 29473

Re: the Cotton Belt line

So I've noticed that since some time in the last few months, most if not all of the official maps only show the south option at US75/PGBT, so I guess they may have decided on that option without much fanfare.
by northsouth
31 Mar 2017 10:00
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 13787

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

Just like I-45. Also, turns out that if US287 ever does get upgraded to an interstate, it would be I-32, potentially extending northwest from Amarillo into New Mexico.
by northsouth
10 Feb 2017 17:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 34020

Re: DART D2 Subway

I understand DART wanting to stick to public ROW (streets), but I still think the large, almost empty area between Elm, Pacific, I-345, and Good Latimer is the perfect place to put the east portal. I made a map of this after the last update: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a2KiLNPcG2SLQ5SY5J9upB1N...
by northsouth
19 Jan 2017 14:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 34020

Re: DART D2 Subway

Interesting that the subway proponents from Deep Ellum were able to get the Good Latimer connection downgraded to secondary choice vs Swiss Avenue. Although to me, if it's going to take a more northerly route that does away with Deep Ellum Station, they'd be better off putting the portal south of Pa...
by northsouth
07 Dec 2016 14:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney, Cole Conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 1981

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney, Cole Conversion

Another alternative would be to reverse the direction of the loop on Cole so the streetcars will be running with the traffic, which means they wouldn't need to have dedicated lanes. This would require some track work at the split with tracks crossing one another and the potential of the streetcars ...
by northsouth
05 Nov 2016 09:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16788

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

They've had up to five, maybe six cars operational at once before, but since then they've been taking one or two cars out of service for major maintenance and letting the others fill in, so back to about four operational cars, like it was originally. Of course, this doesn't account for unscheduled m...

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