Sounds like a 21st century Pier One.
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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.
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.
DART - Downtown Dallas to DFW Airport: 10 stops, 65 to 70 mins.
Man, that orange line ride to the airport is a beating. I rode out one night just to see the line and I didn't get past Northlake College before I gave up and turned around.
Surprised I didn't see anyone I knew yesterday evening.
When I work in Dallas I frequently find myself at the Whole Foods Market on McKinney Avenue which has ample below ground parking and residential components above. I'm disappointed that the Tom Thumb didn't make as much of an effort with urban design.
This is the closest store to my house, though. So I'll probably use it unless the traffic is insufferable. Prices seemed a little higher than the HEB I use in Midland but I liked the offerings. The WalMart on Beach is about 4 miles and this Tom Thumb is 3 miles.
There's a fatal flaw of placing streetcars onto 7th Street, it's the at grade crossing of 7th with the FWWR rail line. The FRA and FTA will never ever allow it.
Not true. 3 examples of streetcars crossing railroads at grade:
Yes, in 2012 the insurance rate was pretty high. The line did some improvements to the interlocking signal system and was able to further reduce the cost of the insurance although I can not tell you what the current rate is.
After checking with the former superintendent of this line, I have learned that the CSX speed limit is 35. I couldn't tell you what the limit is on the FWWR, but long story short, streetcars can cross railroads and they do.
The one time that forumers are happy to potentially lump Fort Worth into the umbrella name of Dallas.
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.
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.
I was under the impression that TRWD only acquired the land they needed for the bypass channel. I don't have time to fact check that information, but at the very least, La Grave field and the surrounding land is privately owned.
Edit: So is Panther Island Brewing at 501 N. Main. I tried doing a georeference search for other area properties, but TAD's site isn't cooperating.
Edit 2: Scratch that on La Grave. It is owned by the water district, but I believe the current proposal to field a team there calls for a private land owner to swap nearby land for the field with TRWD.
TRWD is probably the largest owner of property in the P.I. area. Followed by Panther Acquisition Partners, the current owner of LaGrave Field and nearby tracts. One of the larger parcels on the west side is still owned by Union Pacific/St. Louis Southwestern. I'm pretty sure they are willing to sell as they are no longer providing service to that site.
As others have reported, Jim Lane was longtime friends with Carl Bell and made arrangements for TRWD to buy several of Bell's tracts for above market rates when he was going through bankruptcy. But that is a matter for the politics page. The remainder of Bell's tracts including the ballpark went to his creditors who then sold to Panther Acquisitions.
I'm sure Amazon could put together a sufficient sized tract to build a nice HQ.
Sorry for the double post, but rename asked about TRV funding. I've gone back and read posts from last year and I'm unclear on where the funding stands. It sounds like it's been approved as part of one bill and appropriated in another omnibus spending bill. After both bills were approved, there was mention that there was no guarantee the Corps passes up backlogged projects to fund TRV and that the money could disappear in future funding cuts. My point was that funding still may be in limbo and I was concerned that the funding and construction timeline may not match up with Amazon's wants or needs. More of a question than a statement.
I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available. I believe the majority of the delays are over now and we won't see any issues like with the bridge construction. At least I hope not.
As for transportation, the PI folks are actively planning for a transit line. Wouldn't take much to extend it to 9th and Jones Intermodal Station.
I think PI is a great suggestion for Amazon. Housing, office and amazing lifestyle all in a central location. I hope the CofC, the Mayor, and JD Granger get together with a knock it out of the ballpark proposal.
Any proposal Fort Worth sends with Dallas will be seen as a Dallas proposal. Fort Worth would be much better off submitting its own proposal despite Amazon's request for one proposal per metro area.
Fort Worth used to anchor its own metro area, and is by far the largest U.S. city to not anchor its own census-defined metro area.
IMO, Fort Worth ought to be considered its own metro area.
Well apparently Frisco didn't get that memo because they've already produced a video including Jerry Jones touting Frisco. There's your regional effort.
Do it east of the ITC and continue the HSR line onwards from Dallas.
I can't help but wonder if that is impractical due to the fact that the tracks east of the ITC are all operated on by diesel-electric locomotives whereas the eastern sites are (mostly) electric locomotives. Not sure about the logistics of having to provide adequate ventilation.