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#108807 The T's new Master Plan

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

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.

#108755 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 06 February 2018 - 11:05 AM

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.



#108385 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

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

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

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.

#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

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




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.

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

Posted by AndyN on 27 December 2017 - 11:20 AM

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.

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#108052 TEX Rail project

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

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

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

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

#107681 Gov owned land downtown

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

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

#106756 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 19 October 2017 - 02:49 PM

I don't think Ron lives in Fort Worth.


I'm glad y'all found each other to debate with. Keeps me from tilting at windmills.

#106200 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 03:16 PM

I think the house has been connected to utilities, the foundation has been completed and some paint has been touched up. I believe the house is going to be listed soon and the owner has applied for a zoning change with a historic overlay to prevent future threats to the structure. This picture is from last week before they painted the foundation trim.





#106192 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

I'm guessing actual operation of the line will be contracted to an experienced private operator like Herzog does for the TRE. 

#106111 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 25 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

I feel like we've had this discussion before. LOL

#105970 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 19 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

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.