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by tanzoak
23 Apr 2018 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Who cares about airport access? Residents of Plano & Richardson can hop on the GBush and have a 25 minute drive to DFW, 45 at rush hour. I'm sure it won't be more than 60 by 2040; most likely the exact same. Richardson residents get DART, not bus access, E/W and N/S which means they will at mos...
by tanzoak
22 Apr 2018 12:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

(4) 12th Street Too close to Cityline/Bush Station. It's not needed for a Red Line transfer. It's too far away from downtown Plano to attract much ridership. I believe 12th Street is in there because that's where the tracks have to go if you want to go down to CityLine. Preston Road is clearly the ...
by tanzoak
22 Apr 2018 11:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

It's half a mile radius. If people aren't willing to walk that far, then a transit system is never going to work and the money shouldn't be spent. 20 years is plenty of time to rework the street grid in that area to make it conducive to walking that far. And if you want to call '2000 rides a day' 2...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 21:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Also this line has constantly been sold as allowing the residents of Plano to get to the airport, but then they don't actually expect anyone to ride it for that purpose, and one of the busiest Plano-adjacent sites (Coit) is considering being scrapped until later. I just wish they would be more hone...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 20:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Maybe but it's not correlated to that either. Otherwise, downtown Carrollton (#1 in ridership) would be #8. I guess they are basically counting cannibalization of the existing line to be added to Carrollton's numbers. Knoll Trail has almost as many jobs & residents as Addison, but it's got 1/3 ...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 15:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

That’s not that surprising, really. First, network distance is a lot farther than spatial distance, particularly in suburban settings like these. So what you have within 1/2 mile walking (network) distance is just a couple of apartment complexes and an office building. Ridership at these stations is...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 12:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 231
Views: 28119

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^this is the correct take
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 09:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 106
Views: 15505

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

At least in the financial district, they were everywhere the first few days until the city confiscated them. And they were being left in places where people could easily trip over them. Glad the city is passing rules to get them regulated. Would not want to happen here with these what I saw in Dall...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 00:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

$996 million out of the $1.14 billion would ultimately come from local sources, though mostly through utilizing very low interest loans.

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by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 00:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

http://i65.tinypic.com/28smyjb.png Ah, apparently they're just anticipating that no one uses those stations. Though the lowest ridership station is actually 12th street, with a whopping 370. And this is with the 20-min peak headways, which is a long-term aspirational goal, rather than the planned 3...
by tanzoak
19 Apr 2018 23:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Omg lol and even if we were to forget that we were in the north Dallas suburbs, the transit connections at these stations are basically non-existent. A single line with 30/60 min headways at Knoll Trail, and two lines to Preston road--two 30/60 headways (with one proposed to be upgraded to all-day 3...
by tanzoak
19 Apr 2018 23:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 129
Views: 11699

Re: the Cotton Belt line

The Knoll Trail and Preston Road stations will have neither pick-up/drop-off areas nor dedicated parking. Riders could access the station on foot, by bicycle, or via connecting transit services.

Um.. what
by tanzoak
11 Apr 2018 01:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15873

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

To bring us back to the main discussion here is the last submitted plan for removing the bus lane as is now and relocating it one lane over. Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 9.43.03 AM.pngScreen Shot 2018-04-10 at 9.42.43 AM.png I mean, I know what image they have in their minds, but these changes don't g...
by tanzoak
10 Apr 2018 23:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 231
Views: 28119

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Those numbers are driven by the American Airlines Arena contract requirements. The operator of the arena is not here to argue urban redevelopment and reduced parking for transit use. They care more about having enough parking that they don't scare off tickets sales and events from booking the venue...
by tanzoak
09 Apr 2018 17:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 231
Views: 28119

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Those parking numbers are depressing. They mean that the huge garages are developer/banker-driven, not due to city requirements. And to be honest, the developers are probably correct about the demand for those spaces. I had been hoping that developers had been building to the minimum requirements se...
by tanzoak
09 Apr 2018 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15873

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Those are great renderings, but none of that is going to happen. You need to start with the "current condition" being like the 1600 (Thanksgiving Tower) block where the sidewalk has already been bumped out. That's what cowboyeagle was talking about. Just checked it out on streetview. Wow....
by tanzoak
08 Apr 2018 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15873

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

My question is dedicated lanes, in this case, the right solution? We see dedicated lanes for buses in other cities where the lane is better marked so I am simply asking should DART and the City maintain the concept here in this iteration along Elm? Is it appropriate to have a dedicated bus lane in ...
by tanzoak
06 Apr 2018 18:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 106
Views: 15505

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

Electric scooters and electric assist bicycles are the invaders in SF, currently. https://sf.curbed.com/2018/4/5/17202690/electric-scooters-san-francisco-facts-info-how-to Lol this encapsulates SF’s freak out over everything and nothing. Are there electric scooters? Umm, they exist, I suppose. A co...
by tanzoak
06 Apr 2018 15:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15873

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Oh thank god. When you wrote “taking the bus lane away” I thought you meant remove rather than move. Do you know if they’re taking out a travel lane or the parking lane, or just narrowing all the remaining lanes? Just because DART/the City is bad about enforcement, that doesn’t mean the dedicated tr...
by tanzoak
06 Apr 2018 11:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 106
Views: 15505

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

I was down in San Antonio last weekend and had a similar thought. I don't remember what it was called, but they too have a docked bike rental system. It was way too expensive and cumbersome. Oh, how I missed the plethora of cheap, dockless bikes of Dallas... lol Dallas is legitimately a national le...
by tanzoak
06 Apr 2018 11:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15873

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Also, I believe they got approval for taking the bus lane away with plans for a patio on Elm with wider sidewalks with trees. Taking out the bus lane? Wth.. God forbid we take out the 7 metered parking spaces on the other side instead. Dedicated transit lanes? Nahhhhh, all hail the parking god! The...
by tanzoak
04 Apr 2018 01:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11676

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

And you need a lot less 3rd track if it is installed along the stations that are 'skipped', since passing a stopped train is a lot easier than passing a train at speed. I'm sure some numbers people can work out exactly how many trains you can 'leap' during a given express run. I highly doubt it wou...
by tanzoak
02 Apr 2018 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I still don’t really know what you’re talking about. Why would an Amazon relocation/expansion to Dallas be bad? Was the Toyota relocation bad? If not, what’s the difference? Because Amazon decided to be a little more public than usual about seeking incentives?
by tanzoak
02 Apr 2018 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The potential to pay more in incentives than getting HQ2 is worth is a very real concern. And since there's no real national interest in where HQ2 is located, ideally cities/states would band together and commit to no incentives. Unfortunately, there are local optimums that include paying incentives...
by tanzoak
01 Apr 2018 22:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I45Tex I genuinely have no idea what you're talking about.

I think you're trying to argue that Amazon coming to Dallas will be bad for Dallas because young people won't want to come here anymore? Which, uh..
by tanzoak
31 Mar 2018 12:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11676

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The easiest solution is to install a third track so the express train can see clear ahead lights the entire length of the corridor - so that it can actually go fast! Great to have an ops perspective on express service as well! I just want to point out that you wouldn't have to have a third track al...
by tanzoak
30 Mar 2018 20:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11676

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

A few considerations: 1. Frequency -- Express trains cut frequency at non-express stations, so you need a decent level of overall service to avoid making those stations terrible. The Orange/Red line runs 8 trains per hour during peak hours, which sits comfortably in the 6-12 tph range where express ...
by tanzoak
29 Mar 2018 01:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD

You do know how laughable this is, right? Michael Carroll has taken over as head of the UNT "Economics Research Group" from Bernard Weinstein. They're notorious for reaching whatever conclusion is desired by whoever is paying for the study. In this case DART takes responsibility for every...
by tanzoak
26 Mar 2018 23:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6347

Re: New Census Population Estimates

When will Dallas proper census information be available? September (as well as demographic info for counties/metros). Then tracts and block groups in December. Cool. I wonder Dallas finally will get to 4K in pop. density. Definitely would like to what downtown looks like. Well, since it has to add ...
by tanzoak
26 Mar 2018 22:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6347

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:When will Dallas proper census information be available?


September (as well as demographic info for counties/metros). Then tracts and block groups in December.
by tanzoak
25 Mar 2018 12:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

And be honest, its more than a couple of buildings. Area south of market has been completely transformed in spite of all the anti development forces in play. I live next to Salesforce tower and the area has become almost unlivable with all the development noise, barricades and traffic. And how much...
by tanzoak
24 Mar 2018 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

So I live in a suburb of San Francisco and there is essential no change noticeable here. Actually most people you talk to are saying how bad traffic is with all the new residents. Yes the housing is expensive, but people are still buying and selling home like nothing has changed. Tech companies are...
by tanzoak
24 Mar 2018 01:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6347

Re: New Census Population Estimates

So DFW crushed it last year. #1 for total population growth with 146k. No one else was close. Rounding out the top 5, you had Houston (94k), Atlanta (89k), Phoenix (89k), and Washington, DC (66k). Austin was #9 with 55k. #5 out of the 50 largest metros on a percentage basis at 2.0%, with #1 Austin b...
by tanzoak
24 Mar 2018 00:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Yeah, it's a complete embarrassment that the strongest economy in the country managed a piddling 0.6% annual growth last year and had net negative domestic migration. We refuse to build housing, so all our economic gains just get funneled into housing prices. Good for 20+ year homeowners, bad for ev...
by tanzoak
23 Mar 2018 15:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11676

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I wish we had a system like every other city I've been to with sophisticated mass transit where you just scan at a station and pay based on the distance you've traveled. That may be difficult to install logistically at this point. I can understand the difficulty given most of the stations are outsi...
by tanzoak
23 Mar 2018 09:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6347

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Yeah, I would read exactly zero into that difference. While it's "statistically" significant (MOEs for these things are around 2,000), it's not a practically meaningful difference. DFW is continuing its steady growth, which averaged 1.97% annually between 2010 and 2016. Dallas County, by t...
by tanzoak
15 Mar 2018 23:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Well of course the people pitching hyperloop said Amazon cared about hyperloop. That doesn't mean it's true. Sorry, but companies don't make headquarters location decisions based on the potential for a transportation project that one day may come to fruition but as of now is not even reached the poi...
by tanzoak
13 Mar 2018 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 50
Views: 6507

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Per the letter it seems they're trying to up-zone.


:D :D :D
by tanzoak
13 Mar 2018 10:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 50
Views: 6507

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Hopefully it’s not people trying to downzone.
by tanzoak
10 Mar 2018 17:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

The reasons it could go worse are pretty obvious. I'd really like to see some reasons it could go better. Basically, it comes down to the fact that there are a ton of different alternatives to using 345 (see above post) that involve shifting traffic to roadways that are less congested than 75, offe...
by tanzoak
10 Mar 2018 17:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

I love how this thread never dies... lol I get that it's very clunky in the way that it's designed... But up until KWP was built, this was actually the least obstructive side of the mix master. I35E and I30 are easily more detrimental than I345 is. If they can't do a cut/cap option, than I think th...
by tanzoak
09 Mar 2018 14:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

It's so handy when someone mentions the Embarcadero when discussing I-345. You know right away that they're just parroting stuff they've heard, and really don't know what they're talking about. I live in SF and work as a transportation engineer, so let’s hope that I have some sort of idea what I’m ...
by tanzoak
09 Mar 2018 11:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

As far as the pet Embarcadero analogy, I-345 handles 3 TIMES as much traffic as Embarcadero ever did: "Prior to the earthquake, the Embarcadero Freeway carried approximately 70,000 vehicles daily in the vicinity of the Ferry Building". Meanwhile, "The NCTCOG estimates there are more ...
by tanzoak
08 Mar 2018 21:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

Yeah, I'm kind of surprised by people who are engaged enough to visit/post on an urban affairs message board also claiming that it's basically impossible that this might work or that it will definitely cause a traffic nightmare. It's been done successfully in many places with freeways just as centra...
by tanzoak
08 Mar 2018 21:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As for point 3, isn't like DFW number #1 I'm brain gain? While it's a good thing for the metro that we're bringing in even more than we produce, it's a negative factor for HQ2. It means that local demand *already* outstrips supply, never mind after adding your x number of additional positions to fi...
by tanzoak
08 Mar 2018 21:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 65010

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The ability to fulfill the labor force needs is a legitimate concern. Rising home prices could theoretically be a concern, but they're still very low compared to the coasts and the metro has demonstrated the willingness and ability to build housing in response to high demand.
by tanzoak
07 Mar 2018 01:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Looks good to me! Is it just me, or have the number of projects slowed down recently? It seems like we are seeing more smaller projects in under-developed areas like East Dallas, West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and the Cedars, and the big projects in Uptown have slowed. I suppose it makes sense, since land...
by tanzoak
06 Mar 2018 22:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

Send me the link to the "Stemmons Project" that you are referring to where the Cloverleaf 1 lane ramp southbound is addressed. (Hint: Good Luck. If you answer "Lower Stemmons" you've answered incorrectly. Go to 0:33 of this youtube video to see that nothing is done with the inte...
by tanzoak
06 Mar 2018 10:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 8001

Re: I-345

Well let's see what the estimates are for redoing each component/option that will be required to replace part of the capacity. I lined them out in the previous post. For instance, if a plan/option doesn't include the cost of redoing Woodall and Stemmons, so that all of Central Expressway isn't redu...

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