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#109067 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by AndyN on Yesterday, 04:59 PM in Transportation

hate to be cynical, but is this a way to transfer funds from one taxing entity with flush funds to another? To quote Electricron on another thread about the Tarrant Transit Alliance, 

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When looking at political alliances groups, it is always interesting to see who is behind it. Just looking at the about us page, you'll discover  three major supporters: (1)The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, (2) FWTA, and (3) Tarrant County College.

 

Is this a way to get more money into the Trinity Metro (FWTA) without having to deal with that pesky sales-tax limit?




#109004 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by AndyN on 16 February 2018 - 04:57 PM in Transportation

I don't see any evidence that the southernmost tracks have been cut out yet, but at least one of the shoefly tracks is in place. I'll look at it when I go home today. I usually take the Forest Park exit but the Lancaster is just as easy if the traffic isn't horrible.




#108933 Panther Island Transit

Posted by AndyN on 13 February 2018 - 10:50 AM in Transportation

one can hope, if built, downtown will see the value in building a connecting line, investing in extending this idea further!

 

 

 

 

A fixed line will connect Panther Island to downtown 

 

It has always been the intent to have a line to downtown. Two of the goals identified 1. Provide ADA accessibility across the Paddock Viaduct and 2. link the LaGrave Field jury parking to the downtown courthouses.

 

Not sure if this plan is sufficient to meet Amazon's requirement for a transit connection for their HQ2 site, but it's better than no transit connection.




#108807 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by AndyN on 08 February 2018 - 11:28 AM in Transportation

There's only two monorail operations in the USA outside of Disneyland Parks. 

(1) Seattle which connects the northern edge of downtown Seattle to Seattle Center where the Space Needle stands

(2) Las Vegas which connects the casinos to its convention center.

In both cases, mainly tourists ride them.

 

There is a very handy monorail in Tokyo that carries about 300k people a day from Haneda Airport into Tokyo (extension to "downtown" Tokyo Station reportedly underway). 11 miles/11 stations with top speed of 50 mph. Of course, transit in Tokyo is beyond comparison with Fort Worth but monorail is definitely a viable transit mode.




#108806 Union Gospel project on E. Lancaster

Posted by AndyN on 08 February 2018 - 11:15 AM in Residential

That address maps to the music instrument warehouse (can't remember the name). I'm looking on streetview and see that the sign has been removed from the building and there is a banner advertising Fort Worth Can. Is the warehouse going to be demolished? I didn't realize that Flora Brewer had sold the building.




#108755 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 06 February 2018 - 11:05 AM in Public & Institutional

I said it ten years ago when I ran for the Water District board. When it's all said and done, the cost will be over a billion dollars. The construction is proceeding at a snails pace. Why oh why do we have a former assistant D.A. in charge of a massive public works program? I'll save the rest of my comments for the politics subforum.

 

https://www.nbcdfw.c...-472862033.html




#108527 2018 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of Month at 11:45 AM

Posted by AndyN on 26 January 2018 - 11:04 AM in Announcements

Yep, I'm out too. Too much work on my desk.




#108385 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 18 January 2018 - 05:08 PM in City Issues

My comment was strictly tongue in cheek. I thought the emoticon expressed that.

 

Here's the FWBP article: http://www.fortworth...879c42e5c5.html

 

I notice that the Austin proposal is also regional. It sounds like the announcement today was not specific enough to narrow it down to specific sites.




#108379 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 18 January 2018 - 11:09 AM in City Issues

The one time that forumers are happy to potentially lump Fort Worth into the umbrella name of Dallas. :laugh:

 

My personal opinion is that Fort Worth's Panther Island and Dallas' Texas Central Railroad Station are the two leading options of the 35 DFW locations submitted.




#108274 Trinity Bluffs

Posted by AndyN on 12 January 2018 - 02:28 PM in Residential

The Rocklyn project has mobilized. The project office is set up across the street on the corner of Gounah and Samuels and a large excavator is sitting on the subject tract. The homes have begun the demolition process.




#108233 Historic A Brandt Co Ranch Oak Furniture in Fort Worth. Early Factory and HQ?

Posted by AndyN on 08 January 2018 - 02:35 PM in Local History

Even the key map has it labelled.

 

https://legacy.lib.u...h-1911-101k.jpg




#108232 Historic A Brandt Co Ranch Oak Furniture in Fort Worth. Early Factory and HQ?

Posted by AndyN on 08 January 2018 - 02:24 PM in Local History

Sanborn maps are an invaluable resource. Check out the top right corner of page 128 of the 1911 set:

 

https://legacy.lib.u...th-1911-128.jpg

 

Looks like the cutting edge haunted house site across the Lancaster (nee Front) from the T. But the yellow color indicates wood frame construction whereas I believe the current buildings are masonry.




#108081 A timeline of Fort Worth hotels

Posted by AndyN on 28 December 2017 - 12:55 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

Don't forget C.A. Ginocchio's Hotel catty-corner from present day Tower 55. Sanborn Maps show it was there between 1885 and 1893 but gone by 1898.




#108070 Forum Posts and Personal Attacks Plus Staying On-Topic

Posted by AndyN on 27 December 2017 - 11:20 AM in Architecture in Fort Worth Website & Forum

I've noticed over the last few days that there have been some personal attacks on forum members within disucssions. This is a clear violation of forum rules. Normally, I have let everyone have a free reign around here, but if these comments continue, I will either sensor posts, close threads, delete posts, delete entire threads, or warn or ban individual members for forum rules violations. Please be nicer to each other, and if you have written something that you think might be taken out of context, edit your posts.

I still read every post on this board, but if I'm busy, then sometimes I let things slide. However, I will be reading and watching more closely over the next few weeks. I am not afraid to edit posts, suspend members, or outright ban members if this behavior continues. Please be careful in what you say on this board.

I also have a request in all of this, please try to stay on-topic. I know it is sometimes hard to do. Sometimes a comment is made that is off the subject that should have a response, and I don't have any problem with that. However, please try to keep the discussion on-topic. If you want to start a disussion on a tangent subject or something that has been mentioned within a post, please start a new topic.

Also, please try to search for a topic to see if it has already been started, if you are looking to start new discussions. Some time is spent every week merging threads of the same subject. Many of you say that you search for those discussions, but you can't find anything. You might try enclosing the name you are searching for with quotation marks. On many occasions, this will lead to results when I'm looking for previous topics when my first search does not turn up anything.

 

This seems like a good time to bump this post.




#108052 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 25 December 2017 - 03:33 PM in Transportation

Seldom am I willing to give FWTA/DART the benefit of the doubt; the visual perception in photo taken of the over pass might be an exaggeration created by where the photo is snapped. If it really is a hazardous issue, then it is yet another example of on of their bone-headed decisions.

 

Looking forward to the "views" is yet another snarky remark from the other side of the Metroplex; and from someone who will likely never have a daily reason to ride Tarrant Express other than during opening ceremonies.

 

The irresistible urge to throw cold water at anything on this side is obsessive.

 

 

My comments about it being a roller coaster are tongue in cheek. While the grade changes may not be outside of maximums, they are not something you normally see in railroading outside of mountainous areas. The grade changes are needed, and you probably won't be holding your hands in the air when you pass through, but it is very different for tracks around here. It is not necessary for you to take a jab at Tamtagon for his reply to my post. As I can see the tracks from my back yard and they do climb so high over Peach Yard and the Choctaw Sub, I'm willing to bet you will get some scenic views of north Fort Worth and downtown from this route.

 

Your caustic commenting is off-putting and detrimental to the forum.




#107963 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by AndyN on 18 December 2017 - 12:14 PM in Transportation

Johnfwd, not sure if you recall that the bridge over Hemphill was built when I-30 was relocated south of the railroad in anticipation of the future tunnel. All they have to do is remove the dirt. The railroad is the tricky part where the tracks are being relocated to a shoefly and then bridges will be constructed.




#107848 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 14 December 2017 - 10:39 AM in Transportation

That is going to be a real roller coaster of a ride north of downtown.




#107846 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by AndyN on 14 December 2017 - 10:33 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

So is the lexan painted to look like windows, or are the real windows visible through the lexan?

 

Lexan is a brand name of polycarbonate, a transparent plastic material. Not sure why you'd paint it.




#107691 "Local" radio in financial trouble

Posted by AndyN on 07 December 2017 - 04:12 PM in Politics

I generally gave up on WBAP when they moved their studio to Victory Plaza in Dallas. The fact that they no longer play the national ABC news at the top of the hour didn't help either.




#107681 Gov owned land downtown

Posted by AndyN on 07 December 2017 - 11:06 AM in City Issues

I don't think you're phrasing that right. It's an agency authorized by the State of Texas but serves its member cities. http://www.statutes..../htm/TN.451.htm




#107504 The View of Fort Worth at Northside & 35

Posted by AndyN on 27 November 2017 - 12:10 PM in Residential

As I was toodling around this weekend doing various things, I drove by this site a couple of times and noticed that concrete columns are starting to appear as the project rises out of the ground. I didn't get any pictures but construction is well underway.

 

Is there a project name for this that can update the thread title yet? I see an August 7th report that says it will be called "The View of Fort Worth". Can anyone confirm?




#107437 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 22 November 2017 - 10:29 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I assume the house has sold as the "for sale" sign is gone.




#107339 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 16 November 2017 - 12:27 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

As a resident since 2006, I've noticed that long term residents on the north end of Samuels still call it Rock Island and I think many of them scorn the effort to rebrand the area. I have also heard it called The Point or Live Oak Point due to the numerous trees and the oxbow geography.

 

As for the Talbott Wall house, I can't help but wonder if a sale is impending. I saw some things that make me think it is getting close. As the property was also rezoned to allow for residential or commericial use, I'd be very curious to see whether it gets restored for a business or a family.




#107149 Pecan Square - Northlake

Posted by AndyN on 07 November 2017 - 11:15 AM in Residential

https://www.dallasne...orth-fort-worth

 

 

Mixed use development on 1158 acres on FM 407. Residential units could top 3000.




#106997 FW Chamber: Promote GE move to FW

Posted by AndyN on 31 October 2017 - 02:18 PM in City Issues

No way will it be shut down. GE is the primary supplier of Tier IV compliant locomotives in the US. By primary I mean the vast majority of compliant locomotives are built by GE. The other major builder has only just begun to produce Tier IV compliant locomotives. In the locomotive business in North America there is GE, Progress Rail and a handful of small outfits. GE and Progress Rail account for almost all new locomotives sales in North America.

Whether GE owns the locomotive division going forward or not doesn't matter much. Someone will buy it.

 

 

Interesting that Caterpillar (Progress Rail) bought GM's EMD with financing from BN's Berkshire Hathaway.