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by electricron
10 Jun 2019 13:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 11
Views: 4355

Re: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD

The fell crane in East Dallas over the weekend was located just two or three blocks away from DART’s Deep Ellum or St. Paul stations. Whether or not this neighborhood would be redeveloping because of DART could be argumentative, but not the mixed used, transit friendly development being built. It ma...
by electricron
08 Jun 2019 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50839

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I can't be the only person that finds it a bit ridiculous that DART's headquarters downtown, right next to akard station, has a private underground parking garage ( https://maps.app.goo.gl/EtZWogQ5mySt5quv5 ). I get it's likely there due to parking minimums; but not only is the irony palpable, it a...
by electricron
07 Jun 2019 08:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: Silver Line

itsjrd1964 wrote:That auto-cottect, it's a killer....

Whether it is auto-correct or auto-cottect, it also slays me too.
by electricron
05 Jun 2019 02:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: Silver Line

Redblock wrote:DART has ordered 8 FLIRT Emus from Stadler.
https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1402


They will be DMUs, not EMUs.
by electricron
16 May 2019 09:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

^I do not disagree with you, electricron, not in the least. The trains from downtown Plano to Dallas may always be more local than express, only raising the importance of an additional passenger train route from Frisco built to handle local and express trains. How many times do I have to state that...
by electricron
16 May 2019 01:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 11
Views: 1715

Re: US 75-N. Central Expwy.

I commented just this weekend on how great NCX was looking. Finally, perhaps, we have a landscape that will survive those horrid conditions. Speaking of horrid conditions - I know NorthPark has nothing to do with NCX service roads, but the northbound exit at NorthPark/Park Lane is just disgusting. ...
by electricron
11 May 2019 01:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Well, when DART was just beginning to plan this system, I guess they could not have anticipated the need for express trains. It's expensive to fix mistakes, and in the case of CitiPlace and potential Knox-Henderson subway stations, the mistake is likely too expensive to be worth it. Should the Dall...
by electricron
10 May 2019 08:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

^word I'm wondering why Southwest doesn't pay for a swift, convenient people mover from their Corporate HQ & Train Station to the airport. SW employees would be the primary users, afterall; the company could easily work out $60-100 million people mover across a few budget cycles and gain the go...
by electricron
27 Apr 2019 01:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

But possibly more importantly, there's the criminal/homeless element the above-ground stations downtown attract. Spend 30 seconds at West End Station and you'll see what I'm talking about. I'd go as far as to say that's one of the primary reasons the West End died as a major destination in the 90s ...
by electricron
18 Apr 2019 02:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

While the streetcars can run over DART's light rail tracks, why would you want to do so?Their floor heights are different, so all the platforms' heights will have to be changed again to allow level boarding. The streetcars have a much slower maximum speed, which could affect train scheduling, as the...
by electricron
13 Apr 2019 00:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: Silver Line

They should have saved the SilverLine designation for a train that ran up US75 to that casino just across the Oklahoma border. While DART owns the railroad corridor paralleling US75 as far north as Sherman, why do you think DART will ever build light rail line up that far? Not one city north of Pla...
by electricron
07 Feb 2019 01:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50839

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The DART light rail system would work great as a commuter system. However, that would require a transition of infrastructure from light rail to heavy rail such as Tex Rail or DCTA A Train. It would also require removing several stations along the lines in order to speed up the train schedule. DART ...
by electricron
11 Jan 2019 01:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 13819

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Autonomous flying vehicles will never be approved by the FAA which is staffed, funded, and controlled by pilots. Watch some Aviation 101 youtube videos to find out how professional flying is - even for private pilots in small airplanes. The idea that Billy Bob from anywhere Texas is going to be allo...
by electricron
09 Jan 2019 10:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 18
Views: 3178

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

White Rock Lake residents might have influence over city staffers, but apparently their power over state staffers is not as high. While I do not have anything at stake and really do not care, it is nice to see for once the iperferred choice following an actual-real traffic study chosen.
by electricron
03 Jan 2019 22:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16984

Re: TexRail

Not unlike the Knox-Henderson station that didn't happen because it was unwanted (until after the dust settled and the light rail proved popular), and the same with Corinth along the DCTA A-Train. Oh well, more transit and trains for the rest of us.... Whether the citizens of Corinth wanted a train...
by electricron
02 Jan 2019 11:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16984

Re: TexRail

John McCain Road @ Colleyville Road? If the community favored the large scale mixed use development, that would be a great eventual location for the next big variation of the corporate processing/training/tech consolidation along the lines of State Farm/Deloitte/Schwab.... tailored to the multinati...
by electricron
02 Jan 2019 00:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16984

Re: TexRail

I still don't understand why Collyville rejected a station. Collyville did not wish to pay for a train station. Where in Collyville would you place it? There was not, is not, will never be a great place for a train station in Collyville! Few streets cross the tracks where potential riders could get...
by electricron
28 Dec 2018 22:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Highway lighting outages in construction zones
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: Highway lighting outages in construction zones

FWIW... The DFW Connector project, which completed four and half years ago and links 121, 114, and 635 North of DFW airport, has NEVER had working lights. Perhaps the fact that they couldn't go with their standard high-mast lighting due to airport proximity made the lighting more 'complex' than it ...
by electricron
14 Dec 2018 20:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50839

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Lol well that took an unexpected turn. But yes, holiday trains are dumb. Particularly if they're thought of as a ridership driver. Real-talk though, the unwillingness of US transit operators to look overseas for best practices (real, operational best practices, not these kind of gimmicks) is a sign...
by electricron
12 Dec 2018 06:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50839

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Every holiday season, the CTA has a holiday train that runs on different lines up until Christmas that has a Santa car and an elves workshop car. It would be cool to see DART do something similar to help boost some holiday season ridership "Today the cost to the CTA to run the train is minimal...
by electricron
03 Dec 2018 07:44
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 77
Views: 18121

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

gawh The only reasonable answer to this deal is another 20 gates, 12 domestic and 8 international. DFW can at least add another terminal and encourage the development of a dual hub, Love Field can double and add international, and Meacham Field in Fort Worth can get going again --- the regional gro...
by electricron
24 Nov 2018 21:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 58
Views: 16352

Re: Collin County Transportation

OMG, duh We couldn't possibly collect taxes to pay for what is necessary, could we? It's great that Texans have a very low overall tax burden, but truth be told, it's too low. Top notch infrastructure and public education are requirements for indefinite economic and quality of life growth. State le...
by electricron
22 Nov 2018 00:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 13
Views: 2420

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

IMO... The whole "1/4 mile" threshold needs to be reconsidered. DART tries to get service to as many people in the service area based on being within 1/4 mile of a bus stop. Because of how spread out many areas of the service are is, you end up thinning out your service to provide 'more' ...
by electricron
19 Nov 2018 08:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Star Transit
Replies: 2
Views: 902

Re: Star Transit

One size doesn't fit everywhere, and the multitudes of transit agencies in and around DFW metroplex prove it. Each has its own revenues sources from different taxes, different allocations, and different rates. Each does its' very best to maximize the services provided while retaining a balanced budg...
by electricron
01 Nov 2018 15:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 13
Views: 2420

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

Despite Mass Transit Push, Ridership Continues to Lag The amount of people using DCTA trains and buses is lower by 17%. A new CEO is in place as of recent weeks. He wants to find solutions, which may end up including lower fares. https://www.dcta.net/ https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Despite-Mass-...
by electricron
28 Oct 2018 02:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Too many NIMBYs in the "rich" area would never allow such an extension. On another hand, the Katy Trail should be re-purposed as a commuter rail route that could serve the neighborhoods. I believe there's a federal clause that says rails to trails can always be returned to rail service if...
by electricron
24 Oct 2018 20:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Why do anti-transit people not realized that an EFFECTIVE public transit system will benefit them in their Tahoes and Suburbans too? It seems like Dallas will keep adding people, but there will be a breaking point on how many personal automobiles the city can add. Do you want total gridlock? Anothe...
by electricron
24 Oct 2018 09:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly are the advantages of heavy rail over light rail? I'm trying to remember how the PR campaign 'illuminated' the light rail advantages back in the day, but that dose of advertising slips my mind. Something along the lines of quieter, more reliable and zippier sta...
by electricron
21 Oct 2018 01:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 79411

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

tamtagon wrote:A law that says the state is forbidden from contributing to HSR construction is political maneuvering plain and simple.

Sure it is, but what else do you expect politicians to do but play at politics?

If and when the majority of legislators want TXDOT to invest in HSR, they will change the law.
by electricron
20 Oct 2018 01:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 79411

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Texas has had plenty of laws put in place only to have them removed in the daylight of reality. Every legislature can rewrite the laws of Texas every two years. That's true of every democracy. Nothing is set in stone. Even the US Constitution can be amended as the needs arise, as long as you got a ...
by electricron
13 Oct 2018 02:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 79411

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-sto...
by electricron
12 Oct 2018 12:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 79411

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

It's hard for me to think about the Dallas to Houston trains without including the rest of the triangle, so.... I'm okay with a state funding contribution to get San Antonio and Austin hooked-up. Neither probably has the traffic potential yet, and are too far apart (distance and existence) for a co...
by electricron
12 Oct 2018 08:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16984

Re: TexRail

While I am really happy that DFW is now connected to both cities, still a little bummed they couldn't figure out the engineering needed to make the trains pull in through the same station. We need to make public transport more convenient. Even if they pulled into the same station, they could not sh...
by electricron
03 Oct 2018 09:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

10 years is also a long time where we could have had a better rail system serving Love Field directly. Again, the tunnel to the airport would not have increased the total amount of federal dollars that were already awarded to the Green Line project. It's disingenuous to suggest otherwise. The local...
by electricron
01 Oct 2018 21:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

As you can probably tell I'm still not over this :P It just seems so shortsighted and even cruel to deny the city such a key connection, especially when they raised the funds and didn't ask for more federal money. One can only wonder if the same result would've occurred under another administration...
by electricron
28 Sep 2018 20:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

I agree, that would be ideal, but I think it would be over double the length of the "spur" idea and prohibitively expensive. With the spur, it's about the same amount of digging as a people mover but of course would likely cost more to lay rail than lay a moving sidewalk. However, the cos...
by electricron
28 Sep 2018 09:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

I think in that case it would make more sense to just reroute both the orange and green lines through Love Field to a subway station underneath the terminal as was originally envisioned, before returning to the surface and connecting to the current Burbank and Inwood stations at the northern and so...
by electricron
26 Sep 2018 15:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 41
Views: 9343

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Idea dump..... if they are exploring digging underground for a people mover to connect the terminal to the DART Orange Line..... why not just create it as a single track "spur" off of the Orange Line where a train spurs off from somewhere to the orange line underground to the terminal, dr...
by electricron
14 Sep 2018 12:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I really wish the stretch of Addison along Belt Line rd were more walkable. Addison is kinda the 'anti-urban' suburb. It seems that they are built around the automobile and have little interest in getting away from that. I know some may say that its because they don't have rail, but I don't buy tha...
by electricron
05 Sep 2018 21:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: the Cotton Belt line

What a terrible thing to suggest, having more victims to prey upon doesn’t increase crime. Having more greedy criminals is the major reason for increasing crime rates, imho.
by electricron
04 Sep 2018 11:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 18
Views: 3178

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

It wasn’t until 1961 with the opening of Thorton Freeway (I-30) before US-67 and interstate trucking traffic left Gaston. Can you imagine all those semi trucks using Stemmons to get through Dallas today on Gaston instead? That’s where they were before 1961. That would be like US 75 traffic still ha...
by electricron
03 Sep 2018 13:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 18
Views: 3178

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

It wasn’t until 1961 with the opening of Thorton Freeway (I-30) before US-67 and interstate trucking traffic left Gaston. Can you imagine all those semi trucks using Stemmons to get through Dallas today on Gaston instead? That’s where they were before 1961. The Bankhead Highway was also routed over ...
by electricron
02 Sep 2018 16:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Why did the residents not want the stations? Were they scared people would ride it, break into their homes and steal their TVs? Probably a combo-meal of that, and also that neighborhood thinks there is a loud-noise factor with the train operation as well. Maybe both suggestions are correct somewhat...
by electricron
01 Sep 2018 12:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51586

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Both Preston and Coit stations have been “deferred”, sort of a mix between delayed and cancelled. Which means DART has no intentions to build these stations anytime soon, but like Lake Highlands they could be built later without much ado because the EIS has already been performed on them. So the onl...
by electricron
28 Aug 2018 14:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Greenville Avenue isn’t that far away from North Central Expressway by car, but it is by foot. Dallas as it exists today is built around the car. I would suggest even a light rail station located over Greenville Avenue wouldn’t serve all of the possible destinations on it. To service it effectively,...
by electricron
28 Aug 2018 11:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Streetcars haven't been built in Dallas to serve commuters as much as to serve developers - improving real estate values. Some will suggest DART built the light rail lines in the wrong places, but not from me. Every single line parallels a heavily used freeway, at least in part, although the distanc...
by electricron
25 Aug 2018 19:35
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 77
Views: 18121

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Tunneling a moving sidewalk from the terminal to the train station and SW HQ would be the quickest route, but I still prefer an elevated people mover. Elevated with big windows so people get a good look at the Dallas Skyline, whooped around the runway with a Mockingbird @ Denton Drive so that retai...
by electricron
25 Aug 2018 11:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Can anyone build 40 miles of streetcar lines for just $1 Billion? You would have to average $25 Million per mile to do so, including the costs associated with buying the streetcar vehicles themselves and building an entirely new maintenance facility or expanding DART’s existing light rail maintenanc...
by electricron
24 Aug 2018 11:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 242
Views: 44572

Re: Trinity River Park

They wouldnt even have to get rid of those massive embankments but instead simply plant tons of trees on those to make them more appealing and only rework the ones close to access points to the "lake" or near prime real estate areas. That is the option that should be pursued. Wow, if they...
by electricron
22 Aug 2018 19:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 53451

Re: DART D2 Subway

You’re not going to be able to eliminate all street traffic off Bryan. To the north you have the over $100 million Plaza of the America’s complex with two 25 story and a third 26 story towers, with a historic 13 story atrium. To the south you have the “historic” Dallas High School now being used by ...

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