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by TNWE
31 Mar 2020 17:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120458

Re: DFW Economy

It won't be just downtown, or just restaurants. Any business that's been running by the seat of their pants and not planning adequately for downturns or surprises could be in trouble. It could be an interesting year or so around here. I don't think any business could really be successful if they ha...
by TNWE
31 Mar 2020 14:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119045

Re: DART D2 Subway

Both transit and cars/roads suffer from a free rider problem (both literally and figuratively, lol). Declaring one mode superior to the other because of a particular financial metric is silly. The anti-car partisans have largely made choices that minimize the necessity of owning a car in their perso...
by TNWE
11 Mar 2020 16:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

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...
by TNWE
10 Mar 2020 09:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

The latest Silver Line briefing has some interesting nuggets on the design of the Downtown Carrolton station and how it will interchange with both the existing Green Line, as well as potential A-Train and "Frisco Line" commuter rail extensions... https://dart.org/about/board/boardagendas/...
by TNWE
09 Mar 2020 15:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

The latest Silver Line briefing has some interesting nuggets on the design of the Downtown Carrolton station and how it will interchange with both the existing Green Line, as well as potential A-Train and "Frisco Line" commuter rail extensions... https://dart.org/about/board/boardagendas/p...
by TNWE
19 Feb 2020 10:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 409
Views: 154609

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

First Look at the interior layout of the Texas High-Speed Train https://www.texascentral.com/posts/milestone-first-look-at-the-interior-layout-of-the-texas-high-speed-train First-Class comfort, with even more space: •WIDE aisles: 32” (wider than a regional jet) •Ample space: 32” of legroom and 41” ...
by TNWE
17 Feb 2020 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 361
Views: 115343

Re: AT&T Discovery District

^^ My favorite part of the article, AT&T Discovery District will offer FREE parking in the evenings in the employee parking garages. Gotta love that!! Yes!! Great to know. I know Uber is doing the same thing, so I'm so glad these developments are being smarter and not just letting their parking...
by TNWE
14 Feb 2020 16:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120458

Re: DFW Economy

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/14/dallas-apartment-market-soars-with-more-than-a-dozen-high-rises/ Apparently DFW has 20 high-rise apartment buildings in the works right now. Tbh, that's less than I thought, but maybe RealPage is being stricter with their definition. And wh...
by TNWE
13 Feb 2020 13:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I remember getting on Metra trains in Chicagoland and thinking the beauty of simplicity in their stations. DART has always over engineered everything, and as such it's costs dwarf those of other transit systems. Even with this particular station redesign, the costs are still through the roof. The S...
by TNWE
13 Feb 2020 11:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

There was some discussion in the DART thread about it - the construction costs came in higher than estimated, and Irving needed some extra time to get the cash together. The estimate for this station is totally ridiculous when you consider that the foundations and footings for the station were buil...
by TNWE
12 Feb 2020 14:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Hidden Ridge Station is finally rolling. Apparently the city of Irving had agreed to fund it. That must have been the reason for the delay. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/coppell-valley-ranch-las-colinas/transportation/2020/01/29/irving039s-116m-hidden-ridge-transit-station-to-open-i...
by TNWE
12 Feb 2020 09:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Hidden Ridge Station is finally rolling. Apparently the city of Irving had agreed to fund it. That must have been the reason for the delay. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/coppell-valley-ranch-las-colinas/transportation/2020/01/29/irving039s-116m-hidden-ridge-transit-station-to-open-i...
by TNWE
11 Feb 2020 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 764
Views: 340887

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

I'm pretty surprised at the price point, I really thought it would be cheaper than Uptown pricing. I suppose there aren't that many new construction residential buildings in Downtown, so if you want to live in Downtown and want to rent in a new building, your options are pretty limited. Perhaps the...
by TNWE
11 Feb 2020 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 764
Views: 340887

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

Looks like a 645 sq ft 1 bedroom unit starts at $2150 https://www.amli.com/apartments/dallas/downtown-dallas-apartments/amli-fountain-place/floorplans Yikes! I remember when the West End was the cheap side of Downtown, and even then we'd get mailers for subdivisions out in Prosper and Duncanville s...
by TNWE
04 Feb 2020 11:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Coming soon to rail stations near you. https://www.railwayage.com/news/dart-will-be-safer-with-the-candlestick-maker/ I saw this the other day... Is this seriously an issue? I have never heard of this being a problem. Seems weird... I don't think I've ever seen something like this implemented. Is s...
by TNWE
03 Feb 2020 09:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I believe one of the biggest disservices, and probably simplest fixes, is the perceived 'penalty' for short distance riders. I know we have said this in the past, but with go-pass adoption, I think the solution is simpler than ever. For users who only plan on grabbing a ride in dense urban area (CB...
by TNWE
31 Jan 2020 18:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I wonder if it would be possible to create a partnership between the AA Center and the Irving and Dallas Convention centers and any other event space that is off the DART rail stations where a holder of a ticket stub could use that as a pass on the DART trains the day of that event. It would encour...
by TNWE
30 Jan 2020 13:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I walk by this spot at least once a week. That bridge appears to be usable with some clean up, and would be the logic crossing point, but it now crosses directly into a massive parking garage. There is an access driveway adjacent to the garage that has a sidewalk along it, and you can see a branch ...
by TNWE
29 Jan 2020 14:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't think we have an Orange Line specific thread anymore, so I'll just put this here... DART has awarded a contract to build the Hidden Ridge Station in Irving. $11.6m and slated to be completed by December. Woohoo! Any idea if Pioneer has built the necessary infrastructure on their side to pro...
by TNWE
27 Jan 2020 12:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

And let's not forget the Engineering by Mob that happened with D2 - a whole lot of urban Dallasites had no problem putting on their NIMBY hats and demanding expensive changes to the routing because...they didn't want "noisy" trains passing by their houses! And rather than fronting the cas...
by TNWE
27 Jan 2020 11:15
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15215

Re: DART: Bus system

It does. It was made the terminus of D-Link when it switched to electric buses, and now is the terminus of route 749, which now uses the ex-D-Link buses. The requisite investment in a bus charging station is also probably part of why they want to find ways to continue using the electrics. I did not...
by TNWE
24 Jan 2020 14:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15215

Re: DART: Bus system

Found an interesting nugget in a board briefing on some miscellaneous bus service changes - in addition to discussing the elimination of FLEX routes and making route 706 permanent, slide 7 of this presentation (https://dart.org/about/board/boardagendas/wholeitem16_14jan20.pdf) states that they want ...
by TNWE
24 Jan 2020 13:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119045

Re: DART D2 Subway

Let's just look at the Red Line for simplicity sake to verify my point of view. One could add stations at: RL Thorton, S. Lamar, Blackburn, Henderson, NW. Highway, Royal Ln., Beltline, and Cotton Belt Junction; and not effect the ridership at the existing stations. Adding stations would make the DA...
by TNWE
24 Jan 2020 12:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

And Id also like to add that far north Dallas is basically a suburb and we shouldn't stick to this labeling of entire cities as urban and suburuban and approach everything in terms of density. I agree, but it's not the only suburb. Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Preston Hollow, Kessler, and North Dallas...
by TNWE
23 Jan 2020 12:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

Meanwhile the residents of urban Dallas are begging for more stations and transit options and these people don't even want the train up in their suburban neighborhoods. I still don't believe in this line and would rather have diverted this money to D2 and opening up more urban stations. But that's ...
by TNWE
23 Jan 2020 10:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

Let's all keep in mind that it is entirely possible that these complaints are coming from people who voluntarily chose (under no duress!) to live on a street called "Spanky Branch Ct". Haha! In all seriousness, the elevated structure is a necessity due to the access and drainage impacts o...
by TNWE
22 Jan 2020 11:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 445
Views: 141545

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'd love to have some home grown tech companies simply for bragging rights... But from a real world perspective, most of these start ups hemorrhage millions of dollars for several years before making a profit, and few of them ever do. If at the point they need to make cash flow to appease the share...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 18:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46329

Re: TexRail

98,582 in January 2019, which was not even a full month of operations. I don't think that number tells us much, other than that it was (a) free and (b) new. Interesting question about the effect on TRE traffic. In January 2019, TRE total ridership dropped 7.69% from the previous year. Thanks for th...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 17:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 290
Views: 74034

Re: I-345

TNWE, I think that that's all well-spoken and well thought-out. I mostly haven't participated in this debate, but isn't it also correct to say this? The level of pent-up pre-leasing demand to finance Plaza-of-the-Americas-scale monsterpieces, like Spire wants to build, is not the same as -- to the ...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 14:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46329

Re: TexRail

February 2019 ridership: 32,998 March 2019: 39,093 April 2019: 33,589 May 2019: 35,878 June 2019: 39,154 July 2019: 41,818 August 2019: 42,637 September 2019: 43,757 October 2019: 41,943 November 2019: 44,741 (1,491 per day; about 21 people per train) December 2019: 51,217 (per the FTW Star Telegra...
by TNWE
08 Jan 2020 14:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 26
Views: 9966

Re: General roads/transport. issues

Random George Bush Turnpike question here... I've been curious ever since moving here many years ago... There are a set of on/off ramps along PGBTP between Beltline and Valley View Lane that have never been in service. Does anybody know what the original intent for these ramps was? Best I can figur...
by TNWE
07 Jan 2020 17:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Stay with me here... Was doing some digging around today and came up with something that could be cool or nothing at all. I mentioned before about soil samples being taken at the defunct Northshore property. So, I decided to jump on DCAD and see who currently owned those properties. I was pretty su...
by TNWE
07 Jan 2020 11:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas Public Works: street project list
Replies: 11
Views: 3410

Re: Dallas Public Works: street project list

So there is nothing I can do? It seems ridiculous to live on a street with a bus stop and a school and no sidewalk. There has to be something I can do. Welcome to Dallas, where the powers that be overlook small but important public works in favor of wasteful "signature" projects. On top o...
by TNWE
30 Dec 2019 11:35
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 290
Views: 74034

Re: I-345

I think if the removal is to go forward, they need to do a better job of this. They basically magically erased I345's footprint and put developments where a road that could handle better traffic should be. That's just the thing, though- The DMag/Coalition for a New Dallas crowd doesn't CARE about w...
by TNWE
15 Oct 2019 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 55
Views: 15703

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

And it is beyond high time that someone stand up to the FAA's height restrictions over areas that do not have a flight path directly over it! The local FAA office that approves Dallas building heights is based in Ft. Worth ... not accusing Ft. Worth of jealousy or anything but one has to wonder if ...
by TNWE
14 Oct 2019 10:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46329

Re: TexRail

A commuter rail network managed by NCTCOG makes perfect sense and would be great to see one day. I've always said that having a commuter network for the area is hugely important for creating a viable transit system, and having it operated by NCTCOG will allow DART to focus more specifically on impr...
by TNWE
20 Sep 2019 11:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

Yikes. They want to get this boondoggle operational quickly. Can't wait for the 20/20 feature story on "The Train to Nowhere." Why don't you go tell the UTD student/staff population that you don't think they deserve rail service because they live in the middle of "nowhere?". Nev...
by TNWE
20 Sep 2019 10:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46329

Re: TexRail

Any particular reason why were seeing growth? Does anyone know if companies are providing passes to employees? This certainly is an encouraging trend. And in the meantime, DARTS orange line train to and from DFW is virtually empty at all times, which is very discouraging. 95% of the people I talk t...
by TNWE
19 Aug 2019 11:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 14722

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Thanks for sharing! Great summary of how much the area will change in the next couple of years. My only complaint is that there isn't a single condo tower on that list. I really don't get it, what is it going to take for developers to build more condos (preferably ones that are not super high-end l...
by TNWE
05 Aug 2019 13:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1035
Views: 335812

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes from Water Street... 1. Was riding my bike yesterday and decided to peek in the window to see how progress was going on the new Pax & Beneficia Coffee spot. There were 2 guys inside who saw me peeking in the window and waived me in. Turns out it was the 2 owners. They gave me a litt...
by TNWE
05 Aug 2019 11:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Looks like this sign is an admittance that the platform "improvements" are taking longer than originally advertised. 20190805_091123.jpg The original banner signs that say August are still displayed, but I saw the pictured sign in the last week at the Walnut Hill Red/Orange line station. ...
by TNWE
25 Jul 2019 11:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46329

Re: TexRail

Texrail has announced their increased schedule to begin Sunday, July 28. A simplified description: 30 minute headway will leave Fort Worth T&P Station between 4:43 and 10:43 am and between 3:43 and 7:43 pm. Midday and after 7:43 pm will hourly headway. The one-way schedule has been lengthened b...
by TNWE
08 Jul 2019 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 112910

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Tnexster wrote:Where is Clean Juice?


Next to Bread Zepplin on Elm
by TNWE
02 Jul 2019 14:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 116960

Re: Silver Line

https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1405 "At DFW Airport, the project will connect to the TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Gre...
by TNWE
02 Jul 2019 14:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119045

Re: DART D2 Subway

Is the D2 alignment still proceeding? https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/06/25/plans-downtown-dallas-subway-still-track-no-easy-answers?fbclid=IwAR1Y16-Ru5gKBYvrA6qbdzqguWF8Fg4W6rZkDFO0hP67bdOtKxVO1UZAmKU This also mentions extension of the streetcar to Knox Henderson. Anyone else r...
by TNWE
17 Jun 2019 13:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15215

Re: DART: Bus system

More on the DART Bus System Optimization- Stop consolidations are being considered for Routes 24, 31, 36, 81/82 (itself a new core frequency route), 111, and 592. Looks like they've released a list of potential stops to be consolidated and have posted signs at all those stops seeking comments. A cur...
by TNWE
17 Jun 2019 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 251994

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hannibal Lecter wrote:
mcrdal15 wrote:Absolutely disgusting


lakewoodhobo wrote:Bummer



Let me guess...neither of you actually live or work in Deep Ellum. Right?


Hey! You're not allowed to disagree with anything the "Urbanists" say! This is an Urban Development forum!

:lol: :P :lol: :P :lol:
by TNWE
05 Jun 2019 15:10
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 11279

Re: American Airlines

I have very high hopes that Southwest will turn their side of Love Field into a fantastic corporate-everything center and leading edged of aerotropolis development in this country. Hopefully the region's transit agencies will be able to function as a single entity sooner rather than later, we need ...
by TNWE
05 Jun 2019 14:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120458

Re: DFW Economy

Matt777: "Finishes are irrelevant to apartment rents" Me: "Every complex I've ever lived in has charged more for an identical floorplan that has nicer finishes" Oh my gosh your facts are now that 'renovations' aren't given away for free? Thanks for the tip. Are you sure you thoug...
by TNWE
29 May 2019 15:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120458

Re: DFW Economy

I'm curious though... While the asking prices for many of these new products are no doubt 'luxury', how much of the product itself really is? Based on materials and build quality, I suspect the true cost of many of these buildings falls more in the mid range anyway. So, while many of them will see ...

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