7036Re: Fwd: [UrbanMaglev] "A Streetcar Named Disaster" HoustonReview 2/4 (at-grade LRT vs. ..)
- Mar 10, 2004There is an important difference between New Orleans and Houston. In
New Orleans, the car stops are two blocks apart, whereas in Houston
they come to about a kilometer apart. So Houston's express
streetcars are moving faster than the New Orleans cars since they
don't stop at most intersections. The faster speed and limited stops
of Houston's light rail with more connecting shuttle bus lines is
appropriate to a city of its size.
Most of that connecting bus system has been put on hold until the
completion of the study we've just read. I think the expanded bus
connections with the wholesale rerouting of bus lines into Wheeler,
Downtown Transit Center, and Tx. Medical Center stations, will happen
either this month or April. Houston Metro has a total fleet of 1200
buses. When the rerouting occurs the trams will go from every 12 to
every 6 minutes during the day, the same as New Orleans. I think
they will remain every 12 minutes at night, however. The line runs
out of downtown from 4:42 AM to 12:42 AM Monday through Saturday, and
5:42 to 12:42 on Sundays.
There's another important difference. The Houston car stops are also
unlike New Orleans in that they are raised platforms affording more
protection for waiting passengers from dangerous drivers, the same as
we're seeing on the northside line opening for service in Portland
Driving, jogging or cycling on Houston streetcar tracks stands a good
chance of getting you a ticket from Metro police. Houston's not as
laid back as New Orleans, which doesn't have Houston's traffic
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Matt Hohmeister"
> This reminds me of New Orleans, where the streetcars of an era pastnot only cross
> streets, but travel in the same lanes as vehicles. In the GardenDistrict, I have seen people
> riding bicycles and jogging on the streetcar tracks--knowing, ofcourse, to get out of the
> way if they see a streetcar coming. Does anyone have New Orleansaccident figures?
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