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by TNWE
20 Jul 2018 15:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me. I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of ...
by TNWE
20 Jul 2018 13:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Last two rides on the train I noticed that ticket checking was happining much more often than usual. I hope DART can keep up this level of verifying tickets to riders. The GoPass Tap trial period is supposed to begin soon- I saw someone post about in on facebook...I wonder if they're stepping up fa...
by TNWE
20 Jul 2018 09:51
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1625

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

^ I just checked the travel time from Deep Ellum to the intersection of DNT and Oak Lawn Avenue, using Google maps. Three minutes faster using 366-35E-DNT than surface streets. So it's 3 minutes faster in the best case (using highways is always going to take longer than surface streets at AM/PM rus...
by TNWE
19 Jul 2018 15:40
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 131
Views: 20198

Re: DFW Airport

lol all because you had an obnoxious cop in JAX doesn't mean it's the same everywhere. Never had a problem at any other airport, even at super aggressive MCI cops or the overcrowded DAL drop off/pick up zones. I'm actually really surprised DFW still let you loiter at an airport entrance. That's my ...
by TNWE
19 Jul 2018 12:42
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1625

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

One little known part of this project: The entrance from northbound 35E to the DNT will be moved south of Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers). There will no longer be direct freeway access from westbound 366 to the DNT -- you'll have to cut through Uptown on Pearl or Griffin. I didn't realize that before. T...
by TNWE
19 Jul 2018 12:28
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 131
Views: 20198

Re: DFW Airport

Starting in September, DFW will not allow those picking up passengers to idle or wait at curbs in front of a terminal. There will be special 1-hour and 2-hour spaces in nearby parking areas available for those waiting for passengers. Anything curbside will become loading/unloading zones. Oh joy, no...
by TNWE
05 Jul 2018 14:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1554

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Unlike MT or Blue Ciel, Townhomes, and the relatively small stock of 'affordable' condos has been killin' it for the last several years in Dallas. As mentioned earlier, most of these are in the Oak Lawn, Knox/Henderson, and East Dallas areas. They have performed so well, that the townhomes in the F...
by TNWE
02 Jul 2018 17:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 530

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

I guess I should have prefaced my comment with /s... However, since you decided to make an attempt at the comment I will at least respond a little more seriously. Explain to me how the roadways listed are considered "last mile". "Last mile" is completed on internal streets that ...
by TNWE
27 Jun 2018 15:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 530

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

Passenger rail service in densely populated cities should be as much of a funding priority to the State as highways for cars in rural communities. Allowing a handful of cities to collect an extra tax on residents is not creditworthy. At the very least, the State should match construction funding. T...
by TNWE
26 Jun 2018 15:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I think it has more to do with the battle of Dallas VS the burbs. Somewhere along the way, DART got more concerned with getting Plano and Addison to DFW Airport. The Dallas city council saw the D2 segment getting pushed further and further down the line and didn't want to wait another 20 years for ...
by TNWE
26 Jun 2018 09:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The DART board wouldn't have to fly to Portland or Denver to see how a street level LRT can work. There's the mall downtown right outside DART's headquarters building, there's Lancaster Road Blue Line segments, and there's the Orange Line segment in Irving's Las Colinas area where DART runs light r...
by TNWE
25 Jun 2018 16:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Yet now it will never happen because to build it would mean shutting down the red and blue lines for months to build out the station. The neighborhood and developers wish it was there now though. For DART and the neighborhood, it makes more sense to fund the streetcar extension to Knox Henderson th...
by TNWE
07 Jun 2018 11:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1066

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Cool plan, and conceptually it covers all of the hot spots. My main concern is the portion through lower Greenville- it's only one lane each way through there, so what happens if a car accident blocks the streetcar from running? Since LRT *crossing* streets at grade is a non-starter with most of the...
by TNWE
30 May 2018 15:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 82343

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

As long as Drafthouse and Grimaldi's stay open, I really don't care too much about any of the other businesses. The popsicle place is really good, so I'd be disappointed to see them go. Yeah, the whole Big Beat area struck me as a contrivance, and when there's a concert at the pavilion, the level o...
by TNWE
24 May 2018 13:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

Good catch, Lakewoodhobo. It also looks like there would be a significant realignment at Bryan Street. Since they're getting rid of the station there perhaps they don't have to be in the middle of the street, and it simplifies things to be on one side, especially the switches -- they no longer have...
by TNWE
21 May 2018 14:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

You waaaay underestimate drive times between those two points, especially at rush hour with numerous school zones along the way on the surface streets. 20 minutes is a best-case scenario, but any route - highway or surface street - can hit 45 minutes at worst. Even if I am, there are another 22 hou...
by TNWE
21 May 2018 11:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

That isn't a new rider, but someone who lives in Addison and works at Cityline is (and if they're no longer spending money on gas & tolls every day, they may spend that windfall on other taxable goods and services in DART member cities - including Dallas - as a result). Nobody is going to take ...
by TNWE
21 May 2018 09:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

As a transit agency, it is DART's duty to move people in its service area. One of these lines moves more people than the other. Well, yeah. D2 moves way more people than CB.. Not only in terms of people using the stations, but there’s also the through-rides that CB doesn’t have. DART's biggest shor...
by TNWE
17 May 2018 10:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

Ultimately good transit costs money, cheaping out on it gets you the situation we currently have at Love Field where it was deemed necessary to build yet another parking garage because of exploding demand even after a costly renovation, something that would have been greatly relieved with a direct ...
by TNWE
16 May 2018 15:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ So you want to spend a billion dollars to add redundancy for the few hours a year the line is blocked? So would you support converting Greenville Avenue into an 8 lane freeway for when NCX is blocked? In addition to redundancy, doesn't it also increase the frequency of trains as well. For me, it'...
by TNWE
15 May 2018 09:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

Putting it underground is effective transit design, meaning it will increase capacity for the system while minimizing traffic obstruction on the surface streets. The cotton belt line, and the idea of another surface level light rail line Downtown is just "Look at Dallas we have a transit line&...
by TNWE
11 May 2018 14:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

They got full funding for both the D2 and Cotton Belt, so i'm guessing they are going to be built at the same time No they didn't. They submitted an LPA for D2 but still need to do environmental review. DART is anticipating a decision on D2 in Sep 2019 and a full funding agreement (roughly when con...
by TNWE
11 May 2018 14:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17163

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Easily foiled as there is no authentication process and could be faked by simply showing a video at full screen to drivers who don't have time to fiddle with checking. I imagine I may have to start tapping just so they can authenticate my ticket and track usage data which would be much better for D...
by TNWE
19 Apr 2018 09:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 82343

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think the exposure from Alamo Draft House will help significantly. That will easily bring in crowds that otherwise wouldn't know about Big Beat. They were also working hard yesterday (I walked thru at lunch time) to build out those two outdoor bars that interact with the main stage. Texans love t...
by TNWE
05 Jan 2018 16:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 21
Views: 2714

Re: Southwest Airlines

Rumor mill says that we (SWA) have to pay DART fees to use the air above the DART tracks. The bridges are also oddly angled because they have to cross the tracks at 90 degree angles. I don't know about DART, but there's a lease paid to the City of Dallas for the air rights over Denton Drive. The od...
by TNWE
08 Nov 2017 11:31
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 12519

Re: I-345

Also its a game of who gets their project built first. TXDOT will take into account the likelihood that DART will get D2 built before TXDOT gets funding for a highway rebuild. Certain Parties were pushing for D2 to be subway in the vicinity of 345 so it would effectively poison the well against any...
by TNWE
13 Sep 2017 09:03
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 131
Views: 20198

Re: DFW Airport

Do you expect them to take a poll of all the passengers on the plane to see where the majority of them parked? No of course not, but flight pairs to specific airports (for example LAX) could take off and land from the same terminal. Would that really be that difficult to implement? In all probabili...
by TNWE
07 Sep 2017 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 90586

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

If they are considering places like Boston, NYC, San Francisco, I honestly don't think Texas has a chance. I guess it comes down to what they want. Texas can provide a lot of economical advantages, but if they are looking to be in the heart of a big city, then most of those other cities would be a ...
by TNWE
07 Sep 2017 09:45
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 131
Views: 20198

Re: DFW Airport

You NEVER return to the same terminal you left from. NEVER. I have before and returned to the same terminal actually, but fair enough. A quick check shows it's about 10% into the same terminal - mine was a unicorn. I think that would be better fixed by changing AA procedures to be more customer fri...
by TNWE
23 Aug 2017 11:31
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 131
Views: 20198

Re: DFW Airport

There's enough land to have both, right? Americans airport infrastructure has fallen a generation behind the rest of the world, so it could be exceptionally AAdvantageous to repurpose one or parts of more of the terminals into shopping mall, office, meeting, luxury resort spa.... and a new terminal...
by TNWE
25 May 2017 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 308
Views: 56092

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Is this (potentially) the tallest residential tower in Dallas? I think The Drever and Gables Republic are both taller. Gables republic is shorter if you don't include the spire. It has 35 floors, I believe. Not to start an argument over total height vs. habitable height :P The Drever is taller than...
by TNWE
25 May 2017 12:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18654

Re: DART D2 Subway

The current three options are new(ish), only coming around in the last year or so, since the big dust-up about financing D2 and The Cotton Belt. Before that, there were six to eight options... a new Convention Center stop, Farmer's Market. These plans studied for a couple years, put in hibernation ...

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