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by electricron
21 Jan 2021 08:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Connect Dallas strategic mobility plan
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Connect Dallas strategic mobility plan

Those thinking any city plan for anything is a multiyear implementation plan a business might make for expansion are fooling themselves. All these city plans are political moves to implement and gather political support for the next bonding referendum. As soon as the referendum has passed or failed,...
by electricron
18 Jan 2021 17:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 63
Views: 32345

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Airports — especially huge busy peripheral ones like Heathrow — are sprawling by necessity, and as a result are antithetical to the land uses where transit works best. Of course it'll be faster to take a car (unless you're starting right at an express transit hub). Heathrow is more a kin to DFW tha...
by electricron
17 Jan 2021 08:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 63
Views: 32345

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

This just popped up on my FB video feed. An 8 minute report from 1966 about a BBC employee using his feet and public transit to take a flight from London to Manchester. I guess it would be called a Vlog today. It is full of dry British humor. In most large cities today it would be the same challeng...
by electricron
14 Jan 2021 17:26
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 74
Views: 28292

Re: DART: Bus system

If DART’s bus passengers can not control their body fluids and keep the seats dry, there is no hope for the stigma of public transit ever going away.

I can afford to not ever ride on a pig sty.
by electricron
12 Jan 2021 19:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 74
Views: 28292

Re: DART: Bus system

OrangeMike wrote:Your original post mentioned upgrading, not luxury. The blue vinyl is a definite upgrade from the blue velour. Don't ride DART if vinyl is beneath you.

I'm sorry, but I consider vinyl a downgrade to velour seats.
I have never ridden a DART bus, the stigma is real.
by electricron
12 Jan 2021 15:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 74
Views: 28292

Re: DART: Bus system

All transit agencies wishing to encourage more bus riders and overcome the perception or stigma of buses being for the economic disadvantage could easily do so simply by upgrading the seats in the buses. DART is replacing the ancient absorbent upholstery with new blue vinyl, which will help in that...
by electricron
12 Jan 2021 08:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 74
Views: 28292

Re: DART: Bus system

True, but that's an entirely different argument all together. I'm simply talking about which option is more environmentally friendly. To be clear, while I do care about the environment, my main motivator behind this 'energy' discussion is to simply encourage more ridership. I'm just suggesting that...
by electricron
12 Jan 2021 08:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Trinity Railway Express
Replies: 7
Views: 6940

Re: Trinity Railway Express

I've got a Bachman HO scale TRE trainset (with the streamlined F59PHI loco, two coaches, and a cab car) that I picked up on eBay for about $325 all together several years back. Nowadays that same set (if you can even find one on eBay) is running easily double that. Nice to see another manufacturer ...
by electricron
10 Jan 2021 09:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Trinity Railway Express
Replies: 7
Views: 6940

Re: Trinity Railway Express

I wish to let every HO modeler aware that a well known company from Canada is releasing limited editions of TRE F59PH locomotives and BiLevel cars this year (2021). So, if you are interested, now is the time to pre-order them at your local hobby shop. As an aside, I wish other DCTA, TexRail, and DAR...
by electricron
24 Dec 2020 14:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 25
Views: 15687

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

Virgin has finally tested a Hyperloop vehicle with humans aboard last month. The yet to be designed vehicle will have the capacity of 28 passengers. Let me repeat that once more, 28. That is less capacity than an intercity or school bus. The top speed attained by the test vehicle was slightly more t...
by electricron
23 Dec 2020 21:32
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Boring Company TX Expansion
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Boring Company TX Expansion

Elon Musk is moving as much as he can his companies away from California. Texas, Nevada, and Germany have been the lucky states and countries with new offices, factories, and jobs. It does not mean there will many future tunnels in Texas.
by electricron
22 Dec 2020 18:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 322
Views: 128741

Re: I-345

Initially, I was for the teardown of 345. Now I believe, a tunnel or something below grade would be a healthy compromise between both sides. Yes, it’s more expensive. But it’s also gives more opportunities to restitch some of the street grid. 345 may not sit by a large body of water or really anyth...
by electricron
19 Dec 2020 00:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 322
Views: 128741

Re: I-345

Seattle's Alaska Way Viaduct was about to fall down, was a hazard on the last earthquake, and would probably self demolish itself with the next earthquake. I-345 in comparison is in much better shape, is not in an earthquake zone, is not about to self demolish itself with the next tornado, and does ...
by electricron
05 Dec 2020 08:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 399
Views: 182794

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

What's the chances of DART extending rail service to Cedar Hill? As long as Duncanville and Cedar Hill remain non member cities, zero. Light rail lines are fairly expensive to build, DART needs sales taxes revenues to lessen the financial blow. DART will not spend money in non member cities while t...
by electricron
02 Dec 2020 19:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 399
Views: 182794

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Here's my list of signs I've seen over the last few years. One thing malfunctioning signs are good for are showing rarely used signs. Also, trains coming into DFW run through just about the entire roll in the process of changing from DFW to Not in Service (this list isn't in that order). 1 - Westmo...
by electricron
01 Dec 2020 15:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 399
Views: 182794

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART light rail trains roll signs can hold around 26 destinations. DART has 63 stations, there is no way they can include all the stations on a single roll. So which stations would you include with the many colors. Let's try to include all the stations that trains may terminate their run on a regula...
by electricron
28 Nov 2020 20:35
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: What were they thinking?
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: What were they thinking?

I'll tell you what they were thinking, that they did not want the city to go broke. Revenues are down, that is why those responsible for maintaining a healthy purse are coming up with ingenious ways to move overtime pay into like time off. How bad is the budget? Here's the latest pdf posted by Dalla...
by electricron
22 Nov 2020 15:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

The tunnels ought to have access to the subway station, that does not bypass the fare gates. Check out the latest DART D2 video, and take note where the fare gates are located. At Cental, the fare gates are on the same level as the streets, all tunnel access would be lower and well within the fare ...
by electricron
22 Nov 2020 09:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

tamtagon wrote:The tunnels really ought to have access into the subway.

If the tunnels have access to the D2 subway line, what would be the purpose of having access fare gates?
That is a decision DART must make, open access as much as possible or restrict access as much as possible with fare gates.
by electricron
19 Nov 2020 09:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 437
Views: 226578

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

DART could tie the Texas Central HSR station to Union Station with its sole remaining RDC using the freight tracks, or just extend all the TRE trains there. They all idle for some time at Union Station anyways, they could just idle for less time a mile further south. If they did, there would be an e...
by electricron
16 Nov 2020 20:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

I did notice that there was controlled entry into the stations. I wonder if that would contribute to people feeling "safer" riding the train. I know that having the gates won't prevent 100% of folks sneaking aboard (especially if the above-ground stations are still wide open, but maybe th...
by electricron
05 Nov 2020 08:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 33370

Re: DFW in the Media

Number of polls in Dallas = more than 456 Just FYI, I think that's the number for Dallas County, not the city. Obviously a lot of the county is not in the city, and the city extends into five counties (which I believe is the most in the U.S.). Yes, it was Dallas County. Yes, it was also San Francis...
by electricron
05 Nov 2020 03:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 33370

Re: DFW in the Media

San Francisco has 4 times the population of Dallas, but only 60% of land area. Huh? SF population = 883k. Dallas = 1.345M. The big problem is that the map for Dallas only shows the early voting locations. There were a lot more open on election day. A statistics that might surprise TNWE. Number of p...
by electricron
25 Oct 2020 23:52
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 52137

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

JSX flies Embraer ERJ-135 and -145 jets with a seating capacity of just 30 passengers. One single Texas Central car in its eight car train can carry twice as many passengers, therefore the HSR train should be able to carry 16 times as many passengers. Embraer jets are designed to service smaller cit...
by electricron
05 Oct 2020 01:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 437
Views: 226578

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

The old conceptual renderings for the station included a skybridge connection to the Dallas Convention Center DART station. The newer renderings don't show off a view of such a connection but I imagine it would still be the plans. Moving walkways like in airports would make this a very short hop an...
by electricron
04 Oct 2020 09:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 437
Views: 226578

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

How close the train stations are to public transit is not as important as many suggest. This train will ultimately sink or swim financially depending upon its ability to attract business travelers who will ride the train twice a week - if not more often. Sure, attracting vacationers visiting familie...
by electricron
11 Sep 2020 06:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 354
Views: 155490

Re: Trinity River Park

You don't understand what is happening. Using your DART analogy, imagine if the DART Board members were selling DART all their buses,trains, bus stop shelters and uniforms. Can't do that under the law. Plus the DART management were working side deals to own parking lots and privatizing the parking ...
by electricron
09 Sep 2020 07:50
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 354
Views: 155490

Re: Trinity River Park

^ That has nothing to do though with building an actual park. The TPC was supposed to build a park between the levees. That's not happening. I find it super weird that the TPC has created their own development corporation as well that is chartered with the state. Why would a 501c3 non profit tasked...
by electricron
01 Sep 2020 09:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 353
Views: 179358

Re: Silver Line

I personally would think they would want to downplay the fact that an electric substation is across from a rail station, instead of things that people riding a train might want to go to. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, having worked for a local utility over 30 years, electrical substations ha...
by electricron
29 Aug 2020 00:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 353
Views: 179358

Re: Silver Line

To my surprise, the law in question was changed in 2013. Read https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/art-and-non-functional-landscaping-federally-funded-public-transit To keep it simple as much as possible, classic art like statues are now prohibited, but art like functional desig...
by electricron
28 Aug 2020 08:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 353
Views: 179358

Re: Silver Line

That Shiloh Road station rendering looks like a hidden level in GoldenEye or something. Kind of hilarious, but I suppose a kitschy theme isn't the worst thing. I have a feeling the UTD Station is going to be heavily utilized. I really hate that DART feels compelled to make each station have a uniqu...
by electricron
27 Aug 2020 00:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 71
Views: 41737

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Forbes: Waymo Taps Texas As Its Robot Truck Hub With Dallas Depot. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/08/25/waymo-taps-texas-as-its-robot-truck-hub-with-new-dallas-depot/ "Waymo, the leading U.S. self-driving vehicle company, is expanding its robot truck program by moving into Texas...
by electricron
19 Jul 2020 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 430
Views: 227067

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I have no idea who is actually doing better, small shops in large shopping districts or large stand alone stores. Both attract their own style of shoppers. In Texas during the hot and humid summer season, outdoor shopping will never be popular. We need air conditioning. That's why indoor malls becam...
by electricron
16 Jul 2020 09:08
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System
Replies: 11
Views: 6070

Re: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System

What most of Austin's metro at grade level will look like https://www.railjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Austin-texas-Capital-metro-Project-connect-transit-1.jpg Basically similar to what DART did on South Lancaster for the Blue Line and in Las Colinas for the Green Line. You know, the very ...
by electricron
16 Jul 2020 02:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 353
Views: 179358

Re: Silver Line

I took a closer look at the plans, and if DART truly intends to "wall off" Silver Line access from the south and make the only pedestrian ingress/egress via the new parking lot or elevated Green Line platform, that's even worse. All of the existing bus bays are to the south, so any Silver...
by electricron
14 Jul 2020 07:24
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 126
Views: 63363

Re: Fair Park

Hopefully, the city can fast-track some of the park improvements since the pandemic is gifting the park with time to work. Get in there and double as much of the work as possible. I would love to see a dramatic expansion of working greenhouses with Fair Park approved art deco architecture - vocatio...
by electricron
04 Jul 2020 00:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 92
Views: 49676

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

I'm shocked that there is not yet a high enough median income to justify a decent grocery store in the area yet. Sprouts would be great in Oak Cliff! And they seem to open in more mixed income areas, but for whatever reason it doesn't look like it gonna happen anytime soon. Cox Farms is ok for some...
by electricron
19 Jun 2020 02:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 63
Views: 32345

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Great information, that's something Ive always wondered about the Boring Company and why he is so focused on people movers as opposed to rail. Follow the money when wondering why companies do what they do. Elon Musk heads the Boring Company which digs tunnels. Elon Musk also heads Tesla, which make...
by electricron
17 Jun 2020 11:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 21
Views: 12614

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

In the image showing a Frisco line, all other previous images for 15-20 years show that going to DT Carrollton and jetting down the west side of the green line down towards an Irving TRE station. Is this drawn correctly? I realize it's not really the subject matter and perhaps it wasn't in line w/N...
by electricron
17 Jun 2020 09:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 63
Views: 32345

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Saw this article about the Boring Company and their project in San Bernardino that will connect the Ontario Airport to the nearest rail station. https://www.dailybulletin.com/2020/05/27/elon-musks-boring-co-proposes-tunnel-to-ontario-airport-as-alternative-to-light-rail/ Might be time to inquire ab...
by electricron
05 Jun 2020 08:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 267
Views: 140267

Re: DFW Airport

Doesn't CNN have a bureau in Dallas? If they still do (because I've heard they had one in Dallas before), it would be silly of them to put Dallas down like that if they go to the trouble of having a bureau here. I guess they can present news and data how they want, but you'd think if they really di...
by electricron
21 May 2020 07:29
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System
Replies: 11
Views: 6070

Re: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System

Beyond station TOD partnerships or ground leases of CapMetro’s own land, is there a scope of TIF / TIRZ in Texas that can appropriately allow public investment to share in the property valuation that it increases around transit lines? Not within the Texas Transportation Code. The Texas laws allow i...
by electricron
20 May 2020 23:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

Pocket tracks aren't strictly necessary for turning a train - almost every station has crossover rails, so as long as there's a back up driver ready at the platform and next train isn't due for more than ~10 mins, it's possible to turn a train at the platform (plus the signaling/ATP will prevent a ...
by electricron
20 May 2020 08:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

As a reminder where DART has pocket tracks, there are just a few on the system. Green south at Lawnview, Green and Orange north at Bachman, Blue line north at LBJ/Skillman, Red line north at LBJ/Central, Red and Blue south just before spur to maintenance shops. There is also one just north of Victo...
by electricron
19 May 2020 00:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

Yes- when I say Parker Road, I mean the entire corridor. Regardless of whether the extra trains are meant to ease crowding, or just increase frequency, there's no benefit to running every single train *through* downtown when the rush-hour ridership patterns are so heavily weighted to the northern p...
by electricron
17 May 2020 11:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Re: COVID-19 Discussion

Yes, thanks for sharing!! The elimination of 'beg buttons' seems to be a no-brainer for me. I've honestly never understood why we needed to have a button to begin with. Beg buttons for signal lights for pedestrians are located outside, usually exposed to the sun for most of the day. Covid-19 has a ...
by electricron
14 May 2020 00:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

I think the state is being derelict by not putting a billion dollars into the second downtown route. Every penny DART collects in sales taxes cycles through the State of Texas. The State in the next legislature could null DART's ability to collect any sales taxes. All it would take is a bill passin...
by electricron
08 Apr 2020 09:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

That's a good point. And it's not just the initial expense of purchasing the car, you also have maintenance, gas, insurance, etc. All true! The key point being that individuals pay 100% of the cost of owning, running, and maintaining the vehicle. I suggest public transit would be almost as expensiv...
by electricron
28 Mar 2020 01:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 405
Views: 186483

Re: DART D2 Subway

DART does not invest money. DART spends money. Nothing it does has any expectation of achieving a profit. Example: DART is currently paying $30 million per year in interest on money it has borrowed for the silver line, which their own projections say will only generate $3 million per year in fares....
by electricron
11 Mar 2020 00:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 353
Views: 179358

Re: Silver Line

There's no ramp for the existing elevated Green Line platform though - the required ADA redundancy is provided by having two elevators (three if you count the one at the south end of the ped walkway over Belt Line). What is special about the Silver line that it needs a ramp connection in addition t...

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