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Metro now has another start-up date for its new Signature “Quickline” service along Bellaire Boulevard.

The express service along the Bellaire 2 route will launch on June 1, said John Sedlak, Metro executive vice president.

The agency planned to start the service last Aug. 25. It even painted “medallions” with a rabbit logo on the streets in Bellaire and other southwest Houston portions of the route and poured bases to post banners across the boulevard.

But Metro said it needed more time to prepare transit stops and other details.

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Metro’s Signature buses will be state-of-the-art hybrid buses with the ability to connect with traffic signals, he said.

Test runs have shown a 12-15-minute time savings along the route, Sedlak said. The Quickline 2 (QL2) runs from Beltway 8 to the Texas Medical Center, and will only have nine stops.



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Christof over at CTC posted a video depicting several portions of the new light rail lines in his most recent blog.

It covers the areas below, but with a few wrinkles.

-The Third Ward on the University Line.
-Edloe Station (in Greenway Plaza) on the University Line.
-Moody Park Station on the North Line.
-MacGregor Park Station on the Southeast Line.
-Lockwood Station on the East End Line.
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Current plans for a Texas system envision a “T-bone” track shape connecting Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and other towns. But much remains vague: where exactly the route would go, who would build it, the price and funding sources.

“We clearly don’t have a project that is ready,” said Alan Clark, transportation programs manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. “There’s no alignment, no one has done any environmental work. It’s all a concept right now.”

Dean estimates the T-bone would cost $10 billion to 20 billion and could be completed by 2020. It would ease highway congestion and pollution, attract more Fortune 500 companies to the state, and help in an Olympics bid, he said. The Houston route could even help during hurricane evacuations, he added.

Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels is chairing the High Speed Rail and Transportation Corp.

“With a high-speed train, you could live in Dallas and work in Houston,” Eckels said. He described a system that would be mostly privately funded. Cities and counties along the rail corridors would join together and form a governmental corporation, then seek investors. Eckels said the system could cost $20 billion to $40 billion.

The T-bone shape, requiring 440 miles of track, would be 40 percent smaller than the triangle plan.

Julie King, a spokeswoman for Continental Airlines, confirmed the Houston-based carrier “has been interested in the development of a Texas high-speed rail plan that includes connections to major airports,” but said the company has not taken a position on the T-bone project.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, also haven’t taken positions on specific rail projects.

A third would create a rail division at TxDOT, which previously has not focused much on passenger rail travel.
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New Rendering of the Intermodal Transit Terminal



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Looks like it may hit a bump in the road. And this maybe a potentially big bump.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/6438868.html
Bill sets off alarm for Metro light rail
Agency warns limits on eminent domain could kill expansion project
By MATT STILES
Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
May 24, 2009, 7:37AM


AUSTIN — Legislation working its way through the Capitol could curb the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s ability to take property for its planned light rail lines, potentially imperiling the plan, agency officials say.

The proposal, which still faces an uphill battle in the final days of the legislative session, was quietly attached last week to a loosely related bill by House lawmakers.

“It effectively kills the light rail program,” said George Smalley, Metro’s vice president for communications and marketing.

The new restrictions, if enacted, would limit the agency’s eminent domain authority, needed to buy property for the rail lines, if a route differs from the 2003 referendum that authorized the light rail program.

The restrictions mirror the rhetoric of rail critics, who say the location of the controversial University Line down Richmond and Westpark doesn’t conform to the referendum.

“If you lose a line like the University Line because you lost the power of condemnation, then the whole thing is at grave risk,” Smalley said.
Could threaten network

Agency officials said the restrictions could cause significant cost overruns, legal battles and perhaps the elimination of the program altogether. The five-line, $2 billion plan— and its funding — are all tied together, they say.

The legislation would only affect the University Line, but it could threaten the entire planned rail network. The line is centrally located and expected to connect other routes on the west and east. And, any changes to the overall system would alter ridership studies that federal transit authorities used when approving it.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, said he added the new restrictions at the request of rail critics by amending another bill, which regulated fare enforcement by mass transit agencies.

The El Paso Democrat said they convinced him that the transit agency hadn’t complied with the referendum. He said he hadn’t talked with the agency, though, before adding the language.

At issue is whether it’s lawful to build a line partially on Richmond when the ballot described it as being on Westpark.

The agency says the largest share of the line would, in fact, be on Westpark, adding that the ballot referred to a general location, the details of which should be based on federally required cost and ridership studies. Those indicate that a segment should be on Richmond.

Pickett said he is open to changing the language.

“If … they intend to meet their promise that they made, then they shouldn’t have a problem,” he said. “It was pretty clear that there was a referendum that did state where (the line) was going, and we were just asked to ratify that.” The legislation came to light just as agency officials were hopeful that, after years of debate and uncertainty, they would have the funding and political support to move forward.

Construction on three lines, the north, southeast and East End lines, is scheduled to begin soon, and federal officials have promised more than $900 million in funding.

“Never before have all the elements lined up so well,” Smalley said.

While the agency is concerned about its implications, passage of the legislation is far from certain.

The bill had been planned for a local and consent calendar reserved for non-controversial or limited measures that draw little debate, perhaps on Wednesday. But the controversy appeared likely to force the measure to be considered like any other complex legislation.
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I hope this bill does not pass however, Metro will always go through these battles because of the type of system it is building. I really do hope the agency studies heavy rail sometime in the very near future.
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As announced this week, the East End light rail line will get a "subway" where the overpass was going to be. Going to cost 20+ million more, but the underground section will "save" the neighbourhood per local residents.

multiple articles at Chron.com

Airport express bus to IAH from DT is stopping next month.
The local 102 will still go downtown to IAH but make multiple stops.

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multiple articles at Chron.com

Airport express bus to IAH from DT is stopping next month.
The local 102 will still go downtown to IAH but make multiple stops.

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102 was quite pleasant at first...interstate most of the way and the local roads weren't that bad. What is bad is having a Bus run late enough that one wouldn't know in downtown that it is running late and then have you and another person get off in the middle of some apartment hell up in the northside (she had to go to the garage to keep her time!!!) Pointing for you to cross the street and wait (no other information!!!!). THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT with a f#CKING hicktown public transportation system.
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Has anyone heard if METRO will ever come up with the thought of using the GPS system on the Buses to also show up on a map for the paying public to beable to use for real time bus time????? Is that idea too far advanced we shouldn't expect it ever?
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Has anyone heard if METRO will ever come up with the thought of using the GPS system on the Buses to also show up on a map for the paying public to beable to use for real time bus time????? Is that idea too far advanced we shouldn't expect it ever?
I would set your expectations pretty low for METRO.
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Feds set to sign Metro's $900M grants Nov. 28

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