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Our Houston Chapter is having a birthday party on February 7th and we plan to ride the train to a downtown destination. Protective gear and an alternate transportation plan are advised.
1 posted on 01/27/2004 5:11:22 AM PST by Flyer
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2 posted on 01/27/2004 5:12:34 AM PST by Flyer (LOST - Tag line, disappeared 01/21/04, black Times New Roman, 73 characters - Reward!)
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I ain't riding no stinkin' train. I'll walk instead.
4 posted on 01/27/2004 5:24:46 AM PST by PetroniDE (Kitty Is My Master - I Do What She Says)
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"Wham Bam, Thank you Tram" Bump
10 posted on 01/27/2004 6:39:44 AM PST by thackney (Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer)
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To: Flyer

Counter courtesy of the Houston Review.

12 posted on 01/27/2004 9:03:55 AM PST by GOPcapitalist
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To: Flyer
Utilize the signs, speakers or METRO employees to alert people waiting that there is a delay.

I don't think that MetroFail is going to want to broadcast news of their problems to the masses.

I predict that the rail may be shut down for "further study" after the All Star Game (the other big people mover event in Houston this year). Shutting it down before the ASG would be akin to admitting that it poses a safety threat making it unlikely to reopened in time for that game.

If the accident cycle continues, there may be no other choice but to shut it down before that game.

Any wagers on how many voters would have voted down MetroFail2 last year if they have seen the Wham Bam Thank You Tram in action?

18 posted on 01/27/2004 10:54:46 AM PST by weegee
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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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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: 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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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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