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METRORail and Me ~ A Frustrating Experience with Houston's Light Rail
Personal Experience | Tuesday January 27, 2004 | Flyer

Posted on 01/27/2004 5:11:21 AM PST by Flyer

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21 posted on 01/27/2004 4:01:58 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
Ha! I just checked on the death train counter and it was showing 10 to reflect the latest one. Now we're at 11 only a few hours later!
22 posted on 01/27/2004 4:07:35 PM PST by GOPcapitalist
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To: Flyer
Thanks for the first hand report; what a joke this thing is for the taxpayers of Houston... I figure I may realistically have taken it once a year over to the med center, but not if it takes so darn long!
23 posted on 01/27/2004 4:56:00 PM PST by padfoot_lover
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To: Dog Gone
>>It may even help with the problems we have with Social Security and Medicare when it begins removing elderly pedestrians from the gene pool.<<

Ohhh, that one hurt, DG!

I think we'll just stay out here, where the biggest traffic jam we see is when the cars slow down for horseback riders.


24 posted on 01/27/2004 5:15:08 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: Humidston
The new METRORail slogan:

"What, do you apes wanna live forever??? Git on the train!"

25 posted on 01/27/2004 6:09:13 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Flyer
I have rode buses in Houston.... its scary... the driver took a lunch break while parked on the side of the road with us still there... watching him eat...

BTW- You can say the ride cost $4... but we both know that it costs a TON per passenger.

26 posted on 01/27/2004 9:05:52 PM PST by GeronL (Two kinds of people in this country: Makers and Takers........ which are you?)
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To: Dog Gone
It was light rail?? we got those in Dallas.... but I live n a 'burb and they gave us a heavy rail link.... going the other way takes us to the airport or Fort Worth...
27 posted on 01/27/2004 9:07:58 PM PST by GeronL (Two kinds of people in this country: Makers and Takers........ which are you?)
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To: Flyer
Interesting little numbers tidbit. I heard on the news over the weekend that the maximum capacity of the rail system is about 2000 passengers per hour each way. At the max capacity operating for 20 hour per day, that's $80,000 per day, $29.2mil per year. That makes the maximum possible return time on the $1bil spent on the rail system 34.5 years. Assuming that it costs nothing to operate it. HA!

What a boondoggle.

28 posted on 01/28/2004 6:21:26 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: humblegunner
I'm still waiting to see when a passenger ON the train sues the city when an accident occurs.
29 posted on 01/28/2004 10:45:33 AM PST by weegee
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To: The_Victor
Sounds like we need to raise the boarding fee. $5 should be "fair" for riding a system that cost $27,000 a yard.
30 posted on 01/28/2004 10:47:30 AM PST by weegee
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To: weegee
HOUSTON: Where the streets are literally paved with GOLD
(We just put the bricks over it so no one would steal it or be blinded by the brilliance.)
31 posted on 01/28/2004 10:49:35 AM PST by weegee
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To: Flyer
Great job Flyer!!!
32 posted on 01/28/2004 2:13:03 PM PST by Eaker (Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark. - Lazarus Long)
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Stupid Texan car owners! :-)

In Norway in Europe, you're supposed to be aware of obstacles to get the driver's licence in the first place!

If there are rails crossing the road, or going along the road, you are supposed to use the mirrors, look to the sides etc, as you would to anyway to avoid pedestrians or bumps in the road or anything else that could cause an accident.

The advantage of the trams on tracks, is that the tracks clearly show where the "danger" is. When I ride my bicycle besides a tram line, I am never worried, since a tram cannot suddenly make steep turn (derailing is really, really rare). Whenever I ride beside a car or especially
a truck, I am scared to death - has the driver seen me,
or not?

I agree that a tram is HUGE and something special to avoid,
and that it is uncomfortable for car owners the first period to get used to - however missing the sight of a HUGE tram should also be a reason to revoke the driver's licence.

A test of the driver's eyes or a new driver's test to confirm that he's able to drive safely will usually be enough to get back the driver's licence, here in Norway.

Trams will save your lungs and it will reduce congestion, however you'll need more tram lines, which are expencive and'll take some time to build. They also save energy,
since braking trams 'recycle' electricity, since the
motors act like dynamos.

This was just some words from "socialist" Norway, where you also has to take responsibility for your own actions and take care on the road or wherever you are roaming about!

Regards Thomas Henden, Oslo, Norway.

33 posted on 03/08/2004 11:43:07 AM PST by Thomas Henden
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