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by electricron
16 Nov 2017 18:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 5503

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Here’s their names with links to their photos. The Crescent Rose or Rosie (Car 122) http://mata.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Uptown_Sept16_960-674.jpg The Green Dragon (Car 186) http://www.uptowndallas.net/assets/UDI-4106-1680x860-Trolley.jpg Matilda (Car 369) http://www.railpictures.net/images/d1...
by electricron
09 Nov 2017 14:51
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 23
Views: 2243

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Who is using the Virgin America gates today? Can’t Delta negotiate with them and leave Southwest alone? Additionally, it was Dallas that pushed for the 20 gate limit, there will never be more than 20 gates at Love Field if Dallas never builds more. Almighty god can grant Love Field permission and ca...
by electricron
06 Nov 2017 02:58
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Sutherland woes
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Sutherland woes

Praying for all the families affected apparently by a lone shooter. 2nd Amendment.... Today's Sutherland church shooting is going to bring it up again, at least at the State level if not nationally. Sutherland lies within a community that has a post office, a Dollar General store, two gas stations, ...
by electricron
06 Nov 2017 01:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 5503

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Right now they're using the money to support the Knox Complete Streets project. The MATA extension would be the next logical project (assuming they re-up the district this year). The PID gets $300k a year for a quite small area. A fair estimate of costs based on twice the MATA extension in downtown...
by electricron
28 Oct 2017 12:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 32
Views: 3155

Re: Fair Park

Has anyone considered moving the Farmers Market to Fair Park ? It's grown smaller and the area around it filling with high end residential. Eventually the land will be too expensive for the Market and it would give Fair Park year round activity.....on the DART line as well. Great idea! They will be...
by electricron
27 Oct 2017 20:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5491

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Gating up the stations could also make for better security while waiting for the train. Anyone have a guest what it would cost to create secured entry to the stations with ticket or phone app entry from outside like other cities. It’ll cost a lot more than what they will earn with increase fares. A...
by electricron
24 Oct 2017 08:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5491

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Commercial property developers don’t necessarily want residential tenants. Market Center is set up for conventions and merchandizing shows. Which can be too noisy for residents attempting to rest and sleep. Different zonmg requires different ambient noise levels, different lighting levels, etc. One ...
by electricron
23 Oct 2017 15:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5491

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I used DART again to go the fair this weekend and was a great experience overall. The one thing that I think of when riding DART are the stations that could be surrounded by so much more living and density. Market Center is one I would like to see them develop all the way from the Infomart down to ...
by electricron
22 Oct 2017 08:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^what is the state's share? The State of Texas until very, very recently, hasn’t contributed any funds what-so-ever to transit. Not for construction, not for operations, not for anything at all. Recently, TXDOT distributed thinly around a $Half Billion$ throughout the State for transit agencies, fo...
by electricron
21 Oct 2017 19:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

While it is true DART will not have the funds to fully fund the Cotton Belt by itself for another 10-15-20 years, it could have the funds much sooner if the Cotton Belt corridor qualify for FTA funding. Even sooner if the D2 Line also qualified for FTA funding. There’s no guarantee either will, but ...
by electricron
20 Oct 2017 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Amazon executives are progressives politically, they are not going to wish to live in a conservative area. So we should drop most of the South, including Texas, and the Midwest from the prospective candidates. I’m thinking central-southern Florida and the D.C. suburbs of northern Virginia would be t...
by electricron
19 Oct 2017 19:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I post a link or report where I find the data. I can not attest to either the US Census or Wiki website’s accuracy. Maybe someone should look for another independent website to bounce the data off. ;) Accuracy of the data aside, Legacy needs more transit than it has today. The BNSF Madill corridor r...
by electricron
19 Oct 2017 18:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1590

Re: I-345

For all those advocating a complete tear down and rerouting US-75 to Woodall Rogers, imagine you are driving from Richardson to Houston. Once you get on Woodall Rogers, you will have to make a left turn at Stemmons using the single lane loop by turning right. Then you would have to merge who knows h...
by electricron
17 Oct 2017 16:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1590

Re: I-345

The problem with tunneling I-345 is that I-30 is already 25 feet below grade. So to tunnel under I-30 will require tunneling I-345 50 feet below grade. Presently, at I-30, I-345 (or US-75) is 100 feet above I-30 or 75 feet above grade. So you will have to change it’s elevation by 125 feet. The steep...
by electricron
16 Oct 2017 18:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Maybe I'm missing something, but I guess I just don't see the value of a short, unconnected (without transfer) line from one low-density suburb that'll only run a couple of times a day. You’re missing the Legacy Business Park in Northwest Plano. Believe it or not, Plano Business Park employs about ...
by electricron
14 Oct 2017 12:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Well, sure. That is what I would want if I could just snap my fingers. But there's the small problem of the actual delivery/support of the project, unless there's been a sudden acceptance of taking lanes in N Dallas and at TxDOT and running rail through Preston Hollow that I'm unaware of. Preston H...
by electricron
14 Oct 2017 10:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

What I would want if I were Plano would be train stations in or near the western neighborhoods of Plano. That could be accomplished the following ways: (A) commuter (regional) rail along the BNSF Madill corridor towards Frisco from Carrollton. This requires a commuter rail platform near the downtown...
by electricron
11 Oct 2017 15:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Rowlett is a first ring suburban city, and surely expects more than what they are getting. Rowlett is a "first ring" suburban city?! Sorry, I meant Addison. I’ll correct my earlier reply. There are other first ring suburban cities of Dallas that aren’t member cities yet. Addison could be ...
by electricron
11 Oct 2017 11:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

DART can't afford to lose its #2 and #8 cities, period, end of story. Cash, influence, potential for other cities to leave, if Addison were to leave it would rock the foundation of a relatively fragile organization. Plano would be emboldened to do the same. You are correct, Plano does get the shaft...
by electricron
10 Oct 2017 18:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Addison has barely paid anything for DART...... The current alignment of the Cotton Belt even shafts Plano - as it passes mostly through Richardson Also Irving has paid nearly as much as Plano into DART, and they are the #2 big dog, not Plano or Addison. Addison has been a member city since DART’s ...
by electricron
08 Oct 2017 10:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

If the Pacific artery is cut, light rail trains can get from the Red&Blue lines to the Green Line via the maintenance shops near Fair Park - just like they do for UT-Ou games. It wouldn’t make a great substitute, but some trains could still get through. DART will be able to reconfigure the lines...
by electricron
07 Oct 2017 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

The DMUs DART proposes on using on the Cotton Belt will not require electric catenaries over the tracks, and will therefore be unusable for DART light rail trains to run on. Although the track gauge will be the same, DART’s light rail vehicles will require another diesel, or other fuel, powered loco...
by electricron
02 Oct 2017 22:14
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

Tucy wrote:What is deceptive about saying it's 40% quieter, if it is in fact 40% quieter?

When the noise from an aircraft is around 100 to 120 dB, most people believe 60 to 70 dB would be 40% quieter, not the actual 96 dB to 116 dB, they confuse matters when they use %..
by electricron
02 Oct 2017 15:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

Cbdallas wrote:Are the Max jets supposed to be quieter?

Yes, 40% quieter per
http://www.boeing.com/features/2016/09/ ... 09-16.page

Which is kind of deceptive in a way, as noise is measured in dB, which is logrithmic in scale. So a 40% reduction is just 4 dB lower, not 40 dB lower.
by electricron
26 Sep 2017 18:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Imagine how cool if that Knox-Henderson station was open. I don't get the Cotton Belt line most of those people that live in that area would take Uber to the airport and even more so in the future. DART needs to serve the urban going forward that is where it will find riders. Knox-Henderson wasn’t ...
by electricron
21 Sep 2017 20:50
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

No way SWA will fly to Hawaii from anywhere except from California, at least in the near term with the fleet and Love Field gate constraints. They were going to make some announcements a few weeks ago, but the hurricanes delayed it (I work in the ops center). You’re probably correct, but please all...
by electricron
21 Sep 2017 15:20
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

Anyway, the Max7 will easily get you to Hawaii from DAL, it would be cool to have direct flights from Love Field to Hawaii, although not sure how comfortable a 7 hour flight in a 737 would be! The Max 8 jets are already in Southwest’s fleet and can do the job on paper. Good news on the updates for ...
by electricron
21 Sep 2017 12:02
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

That would be amazing to have flights to Hawaii from Southwest, by far my favorite low cost airline! How far away is Honolulu from DFW? Per Air Miles Calculator - The flight distance from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is 3783 miles (6087 kilom...
by electricron
18 Sep 2017 20:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

19 minutes to Austin, sold. Where in Austin would you place the Hyperloop Station? Keep in mind the airlines wouldn't allow it on airport property! Where in Austin will there be a cheap to obtain right-of-way and acreage for this station? Imagine the worse possible location, as far away from other ...
by electricron
17 Sep 2017 21:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

Hyperloop fares subsidized, by whim? It certainly will not be TXDOT subsidizing the Hyperloop fares.
And one way fares of $330 is much, much greater than the fares airlines, Amtrak, and Greyhound charges.
by electricron
16 Sep 2017 13:20
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6335

Re: DFW Airport

The wise and cheap demographic gets a friend or family member to drop them off. :D Your business travelers aren't worried about the cost -- they just expense it. I Googled and Googled and couldn't find the exact figures, but I know that DFW has a LOT more terminal parking spaces than they have remo...
by electricron
14 Sep 2017 02:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Based on both those maps the HSR station wouldn't be flooded but could have potentially been damaged. Since I haven't seen any actual footage of the future train station site after the events it's hard to tell. Not to mention the infrastructure that leads to the end of line station could be damaged...
by electricron
13 Sep 2017 11:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6335

Re: DFW Airport

There's a reason why DFW installed the People Mover to interconnect all 5 existing terminals, and already set up and in place for a future terminal F. And if you're like most wise and cheap customers, you're parking in the remote parking lots and will be riding a bus to your parked car anyways. So c...
by electricron
31 Aug 2017 10:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Whereas all means of transportation will be used for an evacuation, most people will still use cars and highways to do so. HSR will only provide a drop in a 5 gallon bucket to it. No one should be suggesting using evacuations as an reason for building a HSR network. When it is built, it will be buil...
by electricron
27 Aug 2017 06:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

rantanamo wrote:when did Union Station come into play? I thought the two proposed sites were over I-30 and in the Cedars.

It's not! Somebody who doesn't have to pay for it or build it suggested Union Station would be better site.
by electricron
26 Aug 2017 21:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

It doesn't matter who owns the buildings adjacent to/ and Union Station as much as who owns the railroad corridors. I don't think the UP, BNSF, DGNO, TRE, or DART will allow a privately owned HSR elevated track and station structure above their grade level tracks. Parallel to their tracks maybe, but...
by electricron
26 Aug 2017 10:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I never thought the DMN site was viable for the same reason I never thought Union Station was assessible. In fact, the DMN site also required crossing light rail tracks, making it even more unlikely. Most trains don't jump 20 feet in 20 feet, they require 2000 feet to climb 20 feet (at 1% grade). Th...
by electricron
25 Aug 2017 23:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 176
Views: 12981

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

How will the HSR line get to Union Station in Dallas? It can't use the railroad tracks going under the convention center, because it will be using non FRA certified trains which will not be able to share tracks with any other train. It certainly can't go over the convention center which is several s...
by electricron
16 Aug 2017 03:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

I believe both the Oak Cliff and McKinney Ave. streetcars could attract more riders if the frequency of service was increased. A tram every 20-30 minutes can not compete in ridership with a tram every 5-10 minutes - even if it's freee. But then, the costs to provide the more frequent service is high...
by electricron
13 Aug 2017 08:51
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: Street name changes/proposals

LongonBigD wrote: It's a Dallas area thing -- one road, at least three names!

It's not just a Dallas area thing. :shock:
It's very common throughout the world for cities to have their own names for the same street. Withn some cities the same street has different names.
by electricron
11 Aug 2017 11:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

To add to this discussion, DART really doesn't hurt its member cities attract business much. As pointed out earlier, while Frisco doesn't charge a penny sales tax to fund DART like Plano does, it does charge that penny sales tax for other purposes. So the tax rate for attracting businesses is the sa...
by electricron
08 Aug 2017 21:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Let's break those growth numbers down by the 4 largest DFW counties.... Collin County (2K) 500,162 ; (2015) 914,127 ; +82.7% ; +413,965 Dallas County (2K) 2,225,000 ; (2015) 2,553,000 ; +14.7% ; +328,000 Denton County (2K) 438,994 ; (2015) 780,612 ; +77.8% ; +341,818 Tarrant County (2K) 1,454,000 ; ...
by electricron
08 Aug 2017 15:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Transit works where density resides. Number 1 flaw about dart. Serves areas that aren't dense. But the areas DART light rail serves could be much denser. At just about every light rail station, denser redevelopments have occurred, or could be occurring. 100-150 years ago, Central Park in New York C...
by electricron
04 Aug 2017 16:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Is redundancy really that bad though? I feel like DART rail will serve more as a commuter line, and the streetcar will serve as intracity transit. I get that the two can be used in conjunction with each other, but the streetcar is free and pretty convenient to hop on and off of. That's an additiona...
by electricron
03 Aug 2017 19:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 61
Views: 3337

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

With Young Street removed from the D2 alignment, I believe that makes Young Street the favorite for the streetcar alignment. Otherwise, it'll be redundant on its other three alternatives....
by electricron
03 Aug 2017 12:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 15
Views: 2050

Re: TexRail

...still don't understand why Colleyville fought this deal. They fought it because they'll see little benefits because they will not use it. They will not use it because they will not have a station. They will not have a station because they aren't participating with FWTA in any way. They can't par...
by electricron
28 Jul 2017 17:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Cliff Deck Park
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Oak Cliff Deck Park

I am more concerned with maintaining the deck park after it's built. An advisory committee or board of some sort should be established, along with a steady source of funds, just like the deck park over Woodall Rogers. Without such an organization, the grass, flowers, and trees will turn into weeds s...
by electricron
27 Jul 2017 17:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 69
Views: 4600

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

While moving people is grand, don't forget to move goods. Our economy is based upon making, and then moving the goods. Restaurants can't serve food and drinks if the food and drinks can't get to them. There's a reason why most interstate highways bypassed small cities and towns, but headed directly ...
by electricron
12 Jul 2017 17:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: DART: Bus system

Dallas needs to look at Seattle. They prioritize buses and get people where they need to go on time via buses. Take note Dart. How many bus systems does Seattle have? Two! Two public transportation agencies serve Seattle: King County Metro, which operates local and commuter buses within King County...
by electricron
12 Jul 2017 12:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5491

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I believe y'all have been missing my point. Anything is better for the local economy than nothing! Any job is better than no job! For those who would rather wait for something better, that something better isn't going to come when you are busy chasing others away. The ceos of the better companies ar...

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