I thought about rail in this city again and wanted to revisit a previous thread I made in relation to it. Didn't include the Commuter Rail lines last time (TRE, TEX, *Alliance-to-Cleburne*, Union Pacific to Dallas), so I wanted to go over what I would do if I was in charge of rail in this town with those in mind.
But three things I'll go over before getting into the routes and all:
1. The two immediate blocks in front of the ITC I would make mixed-use buildings with streetcar stops, A main waiting area for Molly, taxi pickup, and retail.
2. Instead of using the the current TRE stop at the ITC for ALL commuter rail, I thought of using the current ITC stop for the TRE and TEXRail (along with Amtrak, of course) and using the space between the warehouse and UTA Campus. Also, I know Ashton Depot is successful as a ballroom, but I'd want to redevelopment as a secondary waiting area/retail and maybe rework the warehouse as new offices for The T. Not sure if I'd want to keep UTA there in the old Santa Fe warehouse or reuse that for something else as well. And finally for this part, I've already suggested this once before, but I've thought of closing a section of Jones St. up to 12th for the Southside and West lines... of course, that would mean changing several things as far as connectivity to Lancaster for both rail and cars on the road, but I'll get more into detail about that later.
3. Finally, the connection of rail lines with Lancaster, S. Main, and Jones St. Regardless of how I think it should look, if the city is really serious about having some kind of streetcar run through the Near Southside, they're going to have to look into this anyway, so I'm just going to throw out an idea of my own, only including a line running down Lancaster (West line) and connecting to Camp Bowie.
More on this and all of the rail lines later.