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#1 2012-02-21 18:57:32

Registered: 2004-09-08
Posts: 3,833

Checking in on Houston's remodel

Here's how METRO CEO George Greanius characterizes light rail construction in a KUHF piece:

"Anybody who has remodeled their kitchen knows that it's a great idea to remodel your kitchen but it is a terrible process to go through. I think everybody admits that building these three rail lines and extending the reach of public transit in Houston is a great thing to do, but it's a difficult challenge while you're in the middle of the construction process."

Don't worry, though.  Grenias says METRO has handed out $2 million to businesses affected by the kitchen remodeling.  And, he adds, property values have gone up along the Main Street line, so those affected by current light rail construction have that to look forward to when the remodel is complete.

On a related note, the Houston Business Journal has this:

Only 2.57 percent of Houston workers use public transportation, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the Business Journals’ On Numbers. That means only 68,129 people use public transportation to get to work out of the 2.7 million workers in Houston.

Once the new rail lines are operating, that number should skyrocket, fully justifying the billions METRO is spending.

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#2 2012-02-24 06:44:12

From: Kingwood
Registered: 2007-11-27
Posts: 173

Re: Checking in on Houston's remodel

No matter, HGAC is currently 'visioning' it's HUD drawn 13 county 'plan' that will probably have trams everywhere.  The 40 yr plan will fix the low ridership by chopping road construction and creating housing policy to return us to tenement to sweatshop and back again days.

If you can force me to pay your med expenses I bet you can make me pick your cotton too.


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