It cost me $14.50 for the time I had it. I knew the costs up front and I paid for what I wanted. To be honest, I have a bike. But it is at my warehouse in Azle right now with a broken rack. The bike rental had the front basket and side basket, I didn't have to go get it from Azle and it was a nice ride. I wasn't the only person with a rental at the festival. Saw one chained to the bike racks for at least an hour.
Sorry for the delayed reply. I spent the weekend block walking in Azle and didn't mean to leave you hanging. Yes, the N stands for Nold which is the middle initial for BNK (Basham Nold and Kelleher). There are a lot of positive things happening at the TRWD and they have a great staff. While I have experience working at a civil engineering company on projects for Dallas Water Utilities, the City of Fort Worth and some smaller community water supply systems in West Texas (Snyder in particular), I don't think that is necessarily required to being a board member. We have good people working for us and it would not be my job as board member to operate the dams and pumphouses, but to provide leadership and oversight. I think desalination and acquifer capture will take bigger roles in our future water supply in addition to the wetlands recycling. What I think is relevant is the ability to operate the TRWD in an open and fair manner and to stop using public funds on no-bid contracts to friends and political associates. The fact that the decisions are made in committee meetings is troubling because that is now being used against the board in a lawsuit that will likely delay the IPL Project. There is no notice of these committee meetings which denies the interested citizen the ability to attend and give input. We would operate the committee meetings in the same manner as the monthly board meeting with advance posting of the agenda and the time, date and location of the meeting. We would also move the monthly board meetings to evening hours to improve access to the average citizen. Board and committee meetings will be live-streamed to the internet, offered for broadcast on public access and archived for later viewing.
I am very concerned about the Trinity River Vision staying on schedule. I know there have been some missed opportunities to leverage some TIF funding and with sequestration and ongoing budget issues in Washington, I am very worried about the project not getting completed for a very long time if we do not move forward with a competently managed project. It seems like most of the amenities that are in place now have been delayed in opening and I can't help but think that might have something to do with having an inexperienced lawyer in charge of project management of one of the largest public works projects in our area. I understand Jim Oliver hired him without interviewing anyone else since he was "so right for the job", but I think we need a board that looks for the best person for the job and evaluates more than one candidate.
I know that doesn't answer all the issues but feel free to ask and I will let you know what I think. The incumbents have hired a consultant who is known for last minute mudslinging attacks so I am looking forward to find out what he hits me with. He misrepresented the facts about John and Adrian in the last election but apparently negative campaigning works, right? It's ironic that their campaign manager also won two non-competitive contracts with the TRWD for public relations. I am sure he is going to come after us with a big hammer because I have seen it reported that he makes $30,000 a month for his work for the district. He has to protect his income stream by getting his candidates re-elected.
In case it isn't painfully obvious, that is me on the ballot again for the TRWD Board of Directors.
It has been a real blast from the past looking at our previous discussions of Trinity River Vision and everything else from 2006 and 2007. I also ran across some of my posts from 2004 which blows my mind to look at conversations almost ten years old. My opinions on some of the issues have certainly matured. I have definitely paid attention to the board since then and I still think I can make a positive difference.
Members of North Texas Historic Transportation, Inc. are working with the T to open the 1913 Interurban car today. One of our members has even plumbed the air whistle to a compressor so we can blow that horn. Here is the T's press release (slightly edited):
JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 100th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC INTERURBAN TODAY!!!
In honor of the milestone, The T is providing the public with guided tours of its interior between noon - 4 p.m. TODAY, with additional tours taking place in the upcoming weeks. Additional Car 25 tour dates and times will be posted here on our Facebook page soon!
Car 25 is usually locked and the inside viewable only through the windows, so don’t miss your chance to tour the inside of this historical piece of Fort Worth!!!
Rice-a-roni uses cable cars in their advertising. Fort Worth never had cable cars. Dallas almost had cable cars, but electricity was invented and their cablecar line was converted to 'lectric.
Don't be fooled, Molly is a bus and an antithesis to the streetcar paradigm.
Also, realize that the last proposal was for a modern, air-conditioned, ADA compliant streetcar, not original antiques or reproductions. The electric streetcar is a slightly newer invention than the infernal combustion automobile, but the modern incarnations of both are nothing as primitive or ornate as their predecessors.
I think the Texas Central Railway's business model is not centered on bus riders. They're not trying to compete with Greyhound but with Southwest Airlines. The T's system is woefully inadequate to attract choice riders and allow someone to move about town without a car. And I say that with love in my heart and I ride as often as I can. I have yet to step on a T bus this year.
DART, on the other hand, is very handy to me when I am in Dallas and I frequently ride and I have ridden DART this year.
There is no money or support for the 610 in Fort Worth. Why not leave it at the Texas State Railroad where it has a building over its head and people to take care of it. If we brought it back to Fort Worth, it would probably just sit uncovered and slowly return to iron oxide. The last person who seriously tried to return 610 to Fort Worth ended up being put in charge of the restoration of the NTT Interurban Car No. 25 that is now on display at the Intermodal Station as a method to distract him from mussing with the 610 in its happy home.
If I remember correctly, the 1.4 mile long Dallas streetcar carried about 15,000 riders in 1993. Using 4 antiquated cars with no air conditioning and a hard ride.
In 2012, the line 0.6 miles longer and the same antiquated cars are in use with the addition of air conditioning on 3 of the 4. In my opinion, the cars are falling apart but somehow they keep them on the tracks while newer cars are in the works. Projections for ridership by the end of this year is 450,000 riders and perhaps double that number when the new southern track extension is completed.
There has been hundreds of millions of dollars worth of development along the route. I can only wonder what they could have accomplished with modern equipment.
Good thing Fort Worth has spurned the costly, disasterous effects that might have happened here. (/sarcasm)
North Texas Historic Transportation, Inc. has decided at our last meeting
to dispose of Tandy Subway Car No. 5 (Ex DC/Capital Transit #1541 heavily
modified). The car was never accessioned and now a loss of storage space
necessitates its disposal. The car was in the paint shop when the Tandy
Subway shut down and is stripped of the interior, windows and exterior
paint. The trucks and much of the electrical equipment is intact. This is
a General Electric equipped car. All inquiries or offers are welcome. This
car will be scrapped if no interest is received.
At the same meeting, Tandy Subway Car No. 1 (ex Boston Elevated
Railway/Boston MTA # 3166 heavily modified, Westinghouse equipped) was
deaccessioned and is also available to interested parties. The car is
complete and was running shortly before the Tandy Subway was shuttered in
2003. No guarantees or warranties are offered for its fitness for
Tandy Subway Car No. 4 (Ex DC/Capital Transit #1506 heavily modified,
General Electric equipped) may also become available. This car is complete
and was running at the end of subway service, however no guarantees as to
fitness for operation.
NTHT has a substantial collection of parts which are also available.
NTHT is focusing our resources on the Northern Texas Traction equipment in
our possession and perhaps keeping 1 of the Tandy Cars (more than likely
the unmodified Leonard's Subway car No. 1 which is not being offered). All
other Tandy equipment will be disposed. Interested parties should inquire
as soon as possible.
North Texas Historic Transportation Inc.
Scott Zelenak is a surveyor for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is often involved with staking out and checking construction work on the recovery efforts involved with the World Trade Center Site. I find Mr. Zelenak's photos very interesting and will link them here to share with those of you who are interested in watching these new buildings go up.