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by Parker Road
20 May 2020 22:02
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Houston Highways
Replies: 3
Views: 6338

Re: Houston Highways

Strange bump to this thread I know but I have lived in both Manhattan and San Francisco and seen how the demise of the West End highway and the Embarcadero freeway went largely unnoticed by the commuters ( they simply found alternate routes )but the land values / development exploded in these areas...
by Parker Road
15 May 2020 15:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 51
Views: 20356

Re: DART: Bus system

I took the survey as well, though some questions seemed poorly designed, like the one asking respondents to choose between a scenario where buses ran on parallel streets at lower frequency, with a short 2 min walk from home to the stop (coverage) or a scenario where there was a single route at high...
by Parker Road
15 May 2020 14:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

Re: DART D2 Subway

"Crowdedness" is definitely a subjective term that depends on the context of the system. At least when I think about trains "from Parker Road," that really implies trains on the entire North Central corridor (north of Mockingbird) rather than from Parker Road specifically. As has...
by Parker Road
14 May 2020 08:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

Re: DART D2 Subway

With the current design, every train into downtown must exit the opposite side, so every additional AM train you add to handle Parker Road <-> Downtown crowds will run largely empty from Downtown <-> Westmoreland as it's going against the flow of commuters. Leaving aside track capacity issues, that...
by Parker Road
08 May 2020 17:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

Re: DART D2 Subway

I'd say focus on major bus overhalls and streetcar improvements and expansion. Yep—that avenue makes the most sense for the way Dallas' transit is currently organized. Bringing more local service to DART's existing regional stations in the city core would do much more for ridership than adding more...
by Parker Road
26 Jan 2020 22:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

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 Parker Road
26 Jan 2020 15:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 137108

Re: Silver Line

Cons: - The tracks cross three of the major routes in/out of the neighborhood. The trains block the street a surprising percentage of the time. - The train drivers love to push the button to lower the crossing gates long before they leave the station. This is especially dangerous when they block th...
by Parker Road
26 Jan 2020 14:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

Re: DART D2 Subway

The only reason DART should ever consider adding express tracks is if each line's frequency was so high that interlining isn't otherwise possible. Because the light rail system was built in a commuter-oriented model, I don't ever foresee frequencies getting that high, even after D2. The system uses ...
by Parker Road
25 Jan 2020 20:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141955

Re: DART D2 Subway

Not to mention the fact that, aside from the TODs that have been purposely built up around existing stations, the existing DART lines don't pass many neighborhoods that would be conducive to transit anyway. For example, the only exception I can think of on the Red Line, within the city proper, is Kn...
by Parker Road
08 Jun 2019 09:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 359
Views: 136348

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I can't be the only person that finds it a bit ridiculous that DART's headquarters downtown, right next to akard station, has a private underground parking garage ( https://maps.app.goo.gl/EtZWogQ5mySt5quv5 ). I get it's likely there due to parking minimums; but not only is the irony palpable, it a...
by Parker Road
08 Jun 2019 09:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 359
Views: 136348

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The problem I think is due to the fact that the folks that run DART more than likely never ever use the system. I can't be the only person that finds it a bit ridiculous that DART's headquarters downtown, right next to akard station, has a private underground parking garage ( https://maps.app.goo.g...
by Parker Road
02 Jun 2019 11:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 51
Views: 24060

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

I knew I wasn't the only person who's noticed the suspiciously slow speeds in the areas along the Orange Line with deferred stations! Carpenter Ranch and South Las Colinas in particular are excruciatingly slow to ride through. Though to be honest, all of the newer sections of DART seem to be slower ...

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